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Hi I'm Caitlyn

I grew up in Nebraska. I'm in college at BYU. I will be serving a mission in Ft. Worth Texas Oct. 2015-April 2017. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently completed my first year of college at BYU Provo. I now am taking a two year break from school to serve an 18 month mission for the LDS Church in Fort Worth Texas speaking Spanish. I love playing any sports, but especially volleyball. I also love to play the piano. I ran track throughout high school and I loved the feeling of accomplishment when I would reach a goal I never thought was attainable. My favorite thing to do is spending time with my friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because nothing else brings me true happiness like this Gospel. In the past I have struggled with trying to understand why everything happens and wishing I had all the answers. But through various different spiritual experiences I have learned that God's timing is always right and He is the only one who can see the big picture. I know that the trials and struggles that we go through have a purpose, and one day we will look back on them and see how great of blessings they were to us. I never have to feel lonely because Christ suffered all my pains and sins and He truly understands me. He is just waiting for me with open arms to come unto Him. My testimony means everything to me, and if I can help bring just one other soul unto my Heavenly Father then I would consider that my greatest success in life.

How I live my faith

I love this church. I grew up in Nebraska where there aren't many other Mormons, so I spent my whole childhood and teenage years defending my beliefs and being friends with those outside of my faith. This gave me many missionary opportunities that helped shape me into the person I am today with strong beliefs in this Church. I have had many callings within the Church, from watching & teaching toddlers, to teaching 10 year olds the basics of the Gospel, to visiting teaching other women my age and older, to being a ward organist and pianist. What I am most excited for though is the opportunity that I have very soon to dedicate 18 months of my life to the Lord and to serving and loving others by going on a LDS mission. This will give me the opportunity to constantly share my testimony and hopefully bring the light and happiness to somebody else that this Gospel has brought into my life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Caitlyn
No all Mormons are not required to serve a mission. It is voluntary service that the missionary is not paid for. Members that choose to serve missions are usually driven to do so by a burning desire within them to share the knowledge and goodness and love that they have been blessed with. Most missionaries begin their 18 month to 2 year long service when they are 18-19 years old. But retired men, women and married couples may also choose to serve a mission. After being interviewed and found worthy, a perspective missionary will receive a call to a certain mission throughout the world. We believe this call to be divinely inspired and where Heavenly Father needs us to be. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Caitlyn
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith, but rather believe him to be a Prophet of God called to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ back to the Earth. We acknowledge all the sacrifices he made in order to restore the Church and are grateful to him for his willingness to be an instrument in the hands of God to bring the Church back to the Earth in it's entirety. We worship God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ who we believe appeared to the young boy Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove. Show more Show less