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Hi I'm Cathryn

I'm a mom with two busy little boys and a middle school English teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now I'm a "play-at-home mom" with my two little tornados. Before they were born, I taught middle school English (6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade) for a few years, and I'm excited to go back to teaching once my kiddos are in school themselves. In my precious spare time (those wonderful days when the boys nap at the same time!), I like to read, write, bake, practice sewing (I'm terrible right now, but getting better a bit at a time), work in our little vegetable garden, and spend time with my friends. My husband and I are total food TV junkies, and big movie buffs too.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a child, I was a Mormon because my parents were. As an adult, I've made the decision to stay a member of the church because, in short, it makes me feel happy and fulfilled. In the Bible in Matthew, chapter 12, Christ teaches that "the tree is known by his fruit," or that you can judge a thing by the results it produces. When I follow the teachings of the Mormon church, I am at peace. I feel like my life has purpose and direction. I feel like God knows me and wants me to be happy. I feel like I can succeed despite the hard things that happen in life. I feel like it will be okay and I can be forgiven when I make mistakes. It helps me keep my struggles in perspective, and it helps me want to be a better person. Even though my husband and I have moved across the country, far away from the headquarters of the church and from all of our family and old friends who are Mormon, I've chosen to stay a member of the church and try to live its teachings because I know from experience that I'm happier when I do.

How I live my faith

I love that quotation by St. Francis of Assisi where he says that we need to "preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words." I feel like I'm doing my best to follow the Savior's example when I'm kind, compassionate, helpful, patient, welcoming, and loving to my family & friends & neighbors. In our church congregation, right now I'm serving as the president of the women's organization, called the "Relief Society." Our little group is pretty small--there are only about 50 women who we see regularly--but although we are small, we are mighty! We work to build each other's faith, strengthen families, and take care of people who need help. We teach each other about God and His love for us using the words of the scriptures and our inspired leaders. We help each other in our tasks at home, whether it's raising children, caring for a sick parent or spouse, running a small business, going to school ourselves, or anything else we're responsible for. We collect and prepare food for the those who need it, organize blood drives and other charitable events, and visit other church members and neighbors who are sick or lonely. It's a beautiful thing to be a part of.

Who are the Mormons?

Mormons are Christians. We believe that we are children of Heavenly Father. We believe that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world. We believe that through our repentance and His grace, we can live with Them after we die. We believe in the Bible; similarly, we also believe in the Book of Mormon, a record of a Christian people who lived in the Americas anciently. That's where we get the nickname "Mormons." The official name of the Mormon church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which we often shorten down to "LDS" (for "Latter-day Saints"). The worldwide church headquarters are in Salt Lake City, Utah (the location of the 2002 Winter Olympics), about an hour south of where I grew up. The LDS church is an international faith: There are more Mormons outside of the U.S. than there are inside it. There are Mormon congregations in every state in the U.S. and in most of the countries in the world. The current count of church members is over 14 million, and it grows every year. It's exciting to me to see so many people join the church and feel the same happiness that it brings into my life. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Nope! I'm happy to be a member of a church that recognizes that there can be elements of truth and goodness in just about any political platform. The church has no official support for or affiliation with any one political party or group; in fact, our leaders encourage us to educate ourselves about local and national politics and to get involved no matter which "side of the aisle" we're on. In the United States, many Mormons are Republican, but my husband and I usually feel like we fit in better with the Democratic Party. Sometimes this puts us in the minority at church, but our friends and the people we go to church with have always been respectful of our political similarities and differences. It's not true that you have to believe in or support one particular political group or another to be a Mormon. We've met and been friends with Mormons from all kinds of different political perspectives, inside and outside of Utah. Show more Show less