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Hi I'm Catherine Jolliffe

I enjoy mending things- houses,fabrics,anything! I love being a wife,mother,grandmother and homemaker. I 'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having studied plant sciences at the University of London, I had planned on a career in educational publishing but instead I married and taught for a few years at a local private school and technical college. Over the years, I have done quite a bit of private tuition and I home taught my children. I am currently working on developing a reading scheme for those with dyslexia. I feel very strongly that we should value more those whose skills are not academic but are crucial to society. My husband and I were saddened to find we could not have children and we were very grateful for the wonderful blessing of adopting three beautiful babies.We will be eternally thankful to their birth mothers who so unselfishly placed them for adoption so that they could be brought up in a family unit. Our children are all grown up now with families of their own and they remain so precious to us. We now have 7 (and a bit) grandchildren and they are the lights of our lives. Nothing is more wonderful to us than spending time with them and with our extended families. I love mending,renovating,recycling,preserving- houses, fabrics,ceramics,furniture,fruit!! It brings me satisfaction to make something beautiful. Each time I complete a project, I am reminded of the plan of Salvation.All that mars our lives can be put right ; even lives that seem ruined beyond repair,can be made whole and lovely once more,can achieve their purpose, because of the Atonement of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I started attending different churches when I was 7 or 8. Even though I was young, I was searching for truth but there seemed too many contradictions.I had begun to feel disillusioned and to think that science alone might offer me the answers I sought. By chance, I watched part of a film on television about the Mormon Trek west and the portrayal of the people's certainty in the rightness of what they were doing touched my soul. They had something I wanted. My parents invited the missionaries to give my sister and I the lessons about the teachings of the church. I can still remember my feelings as they taught me of the restoration of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and of our Father in Heaven's plan of happiness for each of His children. I no longer felt confused and muddled. Instead, things began to make sense,to fit in neatly like a jigsaw. Deep within me I knew that I what I had found was the truth and that filled me with excitement and peace and hope. The conviction of its truthfulness has burned inside me time and again as I pray and re-read from the scriptures each day and strive to keep the commandments and do good to my fellowman. I have also seen the impact of being a Mormon on my life and the lives of so many others. Whatever their background,age,or lifestyle, being a Mormon makes people happy, helps us be better people, better parents and family members, better citizens than we would have been. It helps us become more than we thought we could be.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have had the opportunity to be involved in lots of voluntary work at church and in the community. Recently,my husband and I served as missionaries in New Zealand, helping the young missionaries and the local church leaders. This was a very special experience which brought us so very much joy. The people of the Pacific Islands will remain precious to us for ever more. My first assignment at church was when I was 13 and I taught a Sunday School class of 6 year olds. Since then I have taught all age groups and have learned to love teaching very much. Since I was 18 I have been a visiting teacher. Each woman in the church is visited in her home every month by 2 of the other women. We give a spiritual message but also offer practical help and friendship. The people we visit can be any age and from any background. As a result of these visits over the years I have made some very special,close friendships which have filled my life with love.