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Hi I'm Caitlin

I'm enthusiastic about everything I do. I especially love music, biking, snow, and engineering. And best of all... I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Idaho with a loving family of 6. My parents are wonderful! I have three younger brothers, two of which have severe health disorders. I grew up serving them, assisting my parents, and playing hard. No matter the challenge, we always had fun together. We would go biking together, skiing together, boating together, singing together, telling jokes, or just laughing at home. My parents also knew the importance of learning and taught me to read, play violin and piano, love school, and find balance in my life. One of my brothers passed away when I was 17 years old. That was a big struggle for my family. After high school, I continued on to gain an education. I discovered at college that engineering is so much fun! I also found a group of friends like me and enjoyed discovering the world with them. However, that will be on hold for some time as I serve a mission. Everything I have been has lead me to serving a mission, and I cannot wait to strengthen my own testimony and give others the gift of hope found only in Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I once had a friend who asked me why people who grew up in the gospel never share their conversion story, as converts often do. Well, even though this is all I have ever known, I have my own conversion story. Yes, it began when I was born into this gospel and grew off my parents, but it has developed into the most beautiful thing I could ever imagine. My testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and my understanding that this is his true church grew one step at a time. As a little girl, I found a love in reading the scriptures. I have recently realized the strength that I have found in always being familiar with the words of the gospel. I also learned many songs that testified of the truth of this gospel, and have always been able to feel the influence of the Spirit as I surround myself in these songs. My testimony continued to grow through small but memorable experiences. Heavenly Father answered a small request for me several years ago, and because of that, I will always know that He hears and answers my prayers. He is my friend and I love Him. I could never live my life without His support. That is why I continue to be faithful and do what He has asked to the best of my abilities. I have also felt an outpouring of His love at the times I needed it most. When my little brother passed away, I knew I could trust in the gospel and that everything would work out. I will see my little brother again. I know he is watching out for me too. My brother was also a wonderful example to me of trusting and loving our Savior, because, as a handicapped little kid, he had a special relationship with Jesus Christ. Through that hardest period of my life, the gospel carried me through and would not let me fall So why am I a Mormon? That is who I have chosen to be and I cannot imagine it any other way. What better way to grow than by following our Savior?

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is integrated into every fiber of my being. It fills my thoughts and dictates my actions. It inspires me to love those around me, to watch for where I can serve, and to share the strength I find through Christ. The chronology of my life is as normal as I could expect it, but the gospel makes it full and rewarding in the details. I strive to be an example to those around me. Integrity is a critical attribute in my life. When opportunity arises, I lead and share. As a teen, I had the opportunity to serve in leadership positions with other kids my age. This taught me to love each individual and do all I can to lift and strengthen them. A little more effort on my part can often make a big difference in the life of someone else. I strive to remain open to the heavenly guidance given to me through the Holy Spirit. Because of my talents with violin, piano, and organ, I have had additional opportunities to serve. I have never been afraid to play a familiar church song in our ward meetings. Some of my favorite songs have been these church songs, and I am not afraid to share them in secular musical endeavors as well. I have also been able to serve as the chorister, leading our congregation in the hymns each week. This past year at school, I was called to serve as the organist. Playing the hymns can bring such a wonderful spirit into the meetings. This responsibility also taught me to trust the Lord, and it was through him that I could learn the songs well enough before each meeting. My life has accumulated in a desire to serve a full time mission. It is hardly a sacrifice when I see how much I will gain from it. I will learn and grow, and teach others the blessings found only through Jesus Christ. As I have prepared to serve a mission, I have been able to work in the Boise, Idaho Temple. The time spent there has helped me understand how the gospel comes full circle and how much our Father in Heaven loves us.