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Hi I'm Catherine

I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm a knowledge seeker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in a small town with my husband and my son. I love reading, learning, and gathering information. I'm a news lover. I like baking bread and eating chocolate. I enjoy the arts, and like to admire the talents of others. I play the piano and the organ and love the feelings music can bring into my home. I love people and learning about other cultures. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism and had a short career as a newspaper reporter before moving on to property management. Now I get to stay home with my son and read, learn, teach and play all day.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. I want to live with them again and be like them. This is Their Church. They speak through the prophet and They've given us the way to return to them. I've found peace, happiness, hope, love and forgiveness here. The gospel has shown me who I am and what my purpose is. My purpose is to be a wife, a mother, a friend and to help those around me feel the love God has for them. He loves all His children equally and without reservation. It's so easy to get caught up in comparing ourselves with each other -- who's the most beautiful, or the most successful, or the most talented. But that's not how our Heavenly Father works. He doesn't compare us to each other. He sees who we are and who we can become and He encourages and helps us become that person. We're His children and He's always reaching out to us. That's what the true gospel of Jesus Christ has given me - knowledge, understanding, hope and the ability to become who God knows I can be. He's given us scripture and prophets to guide us so we can return to Him. The Book of Mormon is God's word, and I know because I read it, I asked and He answered. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church on the earth. Christ is the head of it and He guides it.

How I live my faith

Our Heavenly Father speaks to each of us. Throughout each day I talk with Him either in my heart or on my knees and ask for guidance. I read the scriptures and the words of the living prophets, and do my best to teach my son about our Savior Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. I try to share the happiness and peace I find in the gospel of Jesus Christ with those around me. I have the opportunity to teach and help the 12 and 13-year-old young women in my area on Sundays and during the week. Each Sunday we spend an hour during church discussing what we believe and how we can more fully follow our Savior. During the week, we have an activity that helps them practice their faith by serving others and becoming better friends. I guide them, and participate with them, as they plan activities, learn the gospel of Jesus Christ and help each other. A friend and I visit other women in our congregation to make sure their families are healthy and well. We help them if they need a meal, or a babysitter, or listen if they need someone to talk to. My husband and I strive to keep peace and love in our home through reading the scriptures and speaking kindly to each other. Our goal is to have a place where we feel safe and loved and for all our friends and family who come to feel so too.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are as varied as women of other faiths. We have women who are single, married, divorced, and widowed. We have women from all walks of life. Some are crafty, some are athletic, some are musical, but our commonality is that we all believe in Jesus Christ and in God the Father. We offer our different talents to help our families and each other in our everyday lives. We believe men and women are equal and have different and specific roles. We believe both roles are essential and both men and women should respect each other as sons and daughters of God. God has given us different attributes to help each other learn and grow and to bring out the best in those we associate. Men and women have different innate abilities to help in that. If men and women were identical in their attributes and roles we wouldn't be able to accomplish what God has asked us to. I've realized this more now that I have a son. My husband and I do things differently, but my son needs those differences to learn and understand in different ways. We work together to accomplish our goals and our differences allow us to that so. Show more Show less