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Hi I'm Caitee

I love travelling, music, drawing, and reading (especially Tolkien). But mostly, I love to adventure in the great outdoors!

About Me

I grew up in Wyoming as the oldest of four kids, and I owe my family everything. They are so amazing! Currently I am serving a mission in Oklahoma, and when I come home I will continue my education at the University of Wyoming. At the moment I'm majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience and a minor in Music. That could very well change because I have no idea what to do with my life, but such are the late teens/early twenties! I really love adventuring out in the natural world, especially in the beautiful mountains. We have a lot of those around here so I'm hardly ever bored. Instead I'm usually hiking, shooting arrows or guns, riding horses, or just being awestruck by the beauty of the world. Obviously camping, hunting, fishing, fourwheeling, snowmobiling, and anything else that gets me outside is awesome. I also really love traveling and experiencing new places and cultures. When I can't travel or get outside I love to draw and read both fiction and nonfiction. My favorite stories (apart from the scriptures of course) will always be the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and I also adore C.S. Lewis. I also have a deep and abiding love for music, and listen to everything from rock to country to classical. In fact, my friends like to joke about how fast I go from Linkin Park to Mozart and back again. I play violin in the UW Symphony and piano and organ on the side. Even with all my craziness, the gospel of Jesus Christ is still the absolute center of my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know without a doubt that it's true. I love the doctrine, even if it can be difficult to understand, and it's brought me more peace and joy than I can put into words. I want to be able to live with my family and friends together in a state of paradise forever and ever, because I love them all and even more, I love my Heavenly Father. I testify with every power that I have that this is the true church, and no matter what trials and challenges you've gone through or are going through, there is a place here that can offer healing, solace, and eventually, joy and happiness. There is nothing that you've gone through that Christ doesn't understand and empathize with; He suffered for us all and died so that we could all conquer death and live again with Him and all those that are dear to us. His teachings are simple and beautiful. I'm a Mormon, I know it without a doubt, I live it as well as I can, and I love it with all my heart!

How I live my faith

The Mormon church is definitely a church of 'go and do'. We're not the sitting around type, that's for sure! Because of that, we have lots of opportunities to serve each other as members and also to serve those who are not of our faith, but are still our brothers and sisters. Because we are taught that we are all spiritual siblings who belong to a loving and kind Heavenly Father, we see others around us a little differently and we want to be kinder and more friendly towards them. If we seem a little forward about our faith, it's because it brings us so much peace and joy; I testify that it truly is the only way to find lasting happiness on this earth, and that it brings families and friends closer together now and in the eternities. In church we serve each other through callings, and I've been blessed to be able to serve and teach in our Sunday meetings and in our youth and young adult activities on other days of the week. I've also had the amazing opportunity to serve in one of our Temples! We are also encouraged to pray several times a day and to set aside time to study the Bible, Book of Mormon, or other works of scripture, which helps us keep the Spirit of Christ in our lives throughout the week. Having that spirit, in turn, makes it easier for us to love our neighbors. We also follow God's Ten Commandments as they are set out in the Bible, and they are a huge protection let me tell ya! In addition, we have the Word of Wisdom, which encourages us to stay away from things like tobacco, drugs, alcohol, and other health-harming or addicting substances. A lot of nonmembers think that these are restrictions and that they make life less fun, but if you look at what they are protecting you against (cancer, organ failure, addiction, diseases, and more) you can see that they really are some excellent guidelines. And I want to stress that we always have our freedom to choose. God will never take away our agency; ultimately, I live my faith by choosing the things of God.