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Hi I'm Cathy

I'm a composer. I'm a single Mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single Mom of five children; four boys and one girl. Like many others in this day and age, I have been through a divorce and have worked hard to put my life back together. It's not easy, but every day is worth it. I am a freelance composer and run an online music publishing company. I work from home so I can be available for my kids. I write music of all kinds, but one of my favorites is writing musical adaptations of classic literature. I've written scores for Greek theatre, Shakespeare, and children's classics and love it. I live near the ocean and love long walks on the beach. I have lived near the mountains, and I love that, too. Nature inspires me, and I love to be where I can think and hear the music that comes. I love to swim, read good books, play games with family and friends, teach, help people, meditate, pray, study, and laugh. I know life is short, so I try to work hard, live well, forgive often, and not keep score. I also know that this life is a classroom where we learn the lessons we need to help us grow; I try to keep that eternal perspective.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Roman Catholic, and I have many in my family that serve as priests and nuns in the Catholic orders. Because of the strength of this tradition, it was not an easy decision for me to become a Mormon. I struggled with honoring my father and my mother, which is, after all, one of the "Big 10." I prayed long and hard about my decision, and my answer came in the form of a scripture and a thought. The scripture was found in the Book of Mormon, which was new to me but quickly became a cherished source of inspiration to me. It said this: "And at some period of time they will be brought to believe in his word, and to know of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers." (Alma 9:17) And the thought was this: If my parents and family had seen what I had seen, known what I had known, and felt what I had felt, they would have done as I had done. I knew in my heart that this was true. I have always said that Catholics make good Mormons because the Mormon Church answers all the questions that the Catholic Church raises but does not answer. Instead of being told to "accept things on faith," I was now counseled to "ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." (Moroni 10:4) Read, ponder, pray, and find out for yourself. That appealed to me. I read everything I could get my hands on, and still do. I love learning about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is always something new to learn. And one of my absolute favorite parts of being a Mormon? Going to the temple. Other than my own home, the temple is my favorite place on earth. It is so peaceful and beautiful. It is like being in God's living room. Inspiration flows freely because the cares of the world are removed. I wouldn't trade that privilege for anything.

How I live my faith

I simply love being a Mormon. There's just no other way to put it. I could not make it through this life without the knowledge I have that my Father in Heaven loves me. That personal relationship with God means everything to me. My understanding of what Jesus Christ went through to atone for my sins makes me realize that I can never pay Him back, and I will always be in His debt. But, instead of that being a guilt thing, it is a motivating thing for me. He has loved me, and I in turn can show my love for Him by helping others. That's what makes this life worth living. In church, I teach the Sunday School lessons for the adults. Mormons have classes on Sundays that are geared toward specific groups of people so they can learn what is relevant to them and their lives. I love that about the Mormon Church! We have three meetings on Sunday: one meeting is similar to a Catholic Mass where we have the opportunity to partake of the sacrament each week and renew our baptismal covenants. One is Sunday School where we learn about God's word in the scriptures. One is specifically for men, or women, or children where they learn things specific to their callings in life. Yes, we go to Church for three hours and Sunday, and I love every minute of it. I can't wait to go to church on Sunday and have the chances to be with the saints! Their strength lifts me. Their ability to overcome problems inspires me. Their need allows me to serve. It's how life should be. In addition to teaching Sunday School, I have the opportunity to visit a few ladies in our church group every month to share a message with them and see if there is anything I can do to help them or their families. Everyone needs a friend. In the Mormon Church, you never have to feel like you are going through life alone. I love that.