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Hi I'm Cathie

I'm a retired educational assistant and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married with two grown sons. I love the beauty and serenity of being out in nature. Although raised in the city, I am thrilled to be living in a beautiful rural location. I also enjoy reading and music. I dabble in piano, fiddle, bagpipes, flute and mountain dulcimer. I was raised in an idyllic home in Toronto with my parents and younger brother. Extended family was important to my parents and they were terrific at staying connected despite distances. I am thankful they laid that foundation and I continue to enjoy a life enriched with family and extended family relationships.

Why I am a Mormon

Years ago my younger brother was friends with a delightful little boy who belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although I didn't know anything about the religion, I knew it was very important to this little boy and his mom and I knew they were really nice people. Ultimately, that led me to decide on attending Brigham Young University. There I found myself very impressed with the new friends I was making and with their commitment to their religion. I wanted to learn more and so I was soon learning from missionaries. Though I am not a very emotional person, I remember so well the immediate feeling of peace and happiness as they taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father. I felt that same warm feeling as I attended Church. "I don't know why I feel so happy!" I commented to a friend who then explained that I was feeling the Spirit. Since that time I have experienced that warm, happy, peaceful feeling on many occasions: listening to inspiring talks and lessons; pondering scriptures. I read regularly from the scriptures. I especially love reading from the Book of Mormon because it feeds my faith, strengthens my resolve and helps me stay on course. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know that repentance is a positive thing. When I exercise faith in Christ and acknowledge my mistakes and weaknesses, I know I can be forgiven and I feel I receive greater strength to overcome my weaknesses. Life is a rich journey and it doesn't end here. I look forward to eternal life with my family and with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I love my involvement in the Church. Wherever I have lived (and I've moved around Ontario a number of times), I always seem to be asked to teach the youth of the Church. I love it! Although I was shy and awkward as an adolescent and teenager years ago, I find it so rewarding to teach and develop relationships with the youth of the Church! I have found that, through the Church, I have a ready made family anytime I move to a new place. Knowing everyone at Church means knowing who needs help, whether it is a meal, a kind or sympathetic word, a drive to an appointment... I am by no means perfect at serving but I do strive to reach out to others. The Church encourages us to follow the example of the Savior and reach out in service to others. There are many opportunities for service: in the Church, in the family and in the community. I find my life enriched through my service as a Hospice volunteer in the Palliative Care Unit in our local hospital. I have learned that giving service may not always be convenient but, as I make the sacrifice, I am blessed, particularly through building relationships with others. Relationships matter to me. Relationships with family and friends last forever.