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Hi I'm Mary Catherine Waddell

I grew up in a small town in Missouri. I'm a full time student at Brigham Young University-Idaho. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love running, reading, scrapbooking, and trying out new ideas I find on Pinterest. I love family vacations and trips to the temple. I love my Miniature Schnauzer and Sunday dinners at my grandparents'. I love shopping trips and riding the family tandem bike. I love sushi and I love baking treats for my family and friends. I love the beach--my favorite place is the Grand Cayman Island. I love trying new things--some of my favorites have been parasailing, zip-lining, white water rafting, and rock climbing. I love organization. I used to work in my uncle's insurance office where I did alot of organizational things and I loved it. My next job was in the daycare of the community civic center. Spending time with those 1-8 year olds kept me on my toes, but I loved the fun of it. My latest job was waitressing at a barbecue restaurant that my grandpa owned. I loved getting to interact with so many different people. In high school, I tutored in an elementary special education classroom. I loved every minute of it and fell in love with the sweet spirits of those innocent children. I didn't want that tutoring program to be the end of my involvement with children who have special needs. So, when I graduated from high school a semester early, I came out to Brigham Young University-Idaho where I am majoring in Special Education K-12. I feel so blessed to be a part of the lives of some of Heavenly Father's sweetest and most beloved spirits. There is no job that I would enjoy more!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know without a doubt that this is Christ's true church on the earth today. I am a Mormon because I know that my Savior lived so that He could set an example for me in which to live my life, and He died so that I might live again. I am a Mormon because I know that my Savior atoned for me. Not only did He suffer for my sins so that I could be forgiven, but He also suffered for every pain, sorrow, and affliction that I have ever felt so that I will always have someone there for me in times of need and will never truly be alone. I am a Mormon because of the focus that The Church has on families. My family members are my greatest and dearest friends, and because we have been sealed together in the temple I know that we can be together for eternity and that the end of this life is not truly the end. I know that if I keep the covenants I made at my baptism and the Lord's commandments that I will be able to live with them, my Savior, and my Heavenly Father again someday. I am a Mormon because the gospel teaches me and inspires me to be a better person. I am a Mormon because of the guiding influence of the Holy Ghost in my everyday actions. I am a Mormon because I know that my loving Heavenly Father has a plan for me. I am a Mormon because of the and peace, joy, and comfort that I find in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by taking action. Every Sunday before sacrament meeting I attend ward council where I help to come up with ways to help others and better the ward. I am involved in visiting teaching where I visit with some girls in the ward and help them in any way that I can. That usually involves bringing cookies over to their apartment, but most importantly it involves sharing a message about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I live my faith by trying to be more Christ-like and by trying to learn more about the gospel each and everyday. I try to serve others--even if it's something small like straightening the living room or clearing dirty dishes out of the sink. I like to listen to the Mormon Channel in the mornings while I get ready so that I can hear the words of the prophet, apostles, and other uplifting messages. I take time out of each day to read my scriptures to study the words of the Lord and apply them to my daily life. I give thanks, express my concerns and desires, and seek guidance from my Heavenly Father as I approach Him in prayer throughout my day. I attend the temple weekly to do the work of the Lord and to find peace and comfort in such a spiritual, and holy place. I attend Brigham Young University- Idaho where I am not only furthering my education, but I am strengthening my testimony as well. I'm human, so I'm not perfect. But I live my faith by trying to be a better person each day than I was the day before.