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Hi I'm Caitlin

Tree hugger. I love music and rock climbing, and I'm a high school English teacher. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Some hobbies of mine are rock climbing, playing the piano and the harp and singing, especially with my family who is also musical. I also enjoy helping my mother in the garden and eating her homemade salsa! During the week, I'm a high school teacher of freshmen and sophomores. Chose that career because I love to help people understand things and because I wanted to challenge myself. I got all that I was looking for and more! I love Germany, German food, and the German people--I lived there for 17 months in my early twenties when I served as a volunteer full-time missionary to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to serve people who needed it. I look forward to meeting more people from around the world since I love to travel and plan on doing much of it.

Why I am a Mormon

In the first place, my parents are Mormons, and they raised me in the Church. But for as long as I can remember the beauty of this world spoke to me, in the shapes of trees and the ways they provided homes and sustenance for animals and shade for me. I always felt that this was God's love. That's how it began, my relationship with Him. When I got old enough to "think for myself," I began to question whether I really knew what I had been taught was true; I studied the Book of Mormon and went to the Lord in prayer, asking Him to give me a personal witness of whether this church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was truly established and led by Him through a prophet on the earth. As an answer, I had the distinct impression of words in my mind accompanied by a humor and a love that was not my own, saying, "You already know! Do you need more?" Of course, this is only the beginning, how I figured out that this church is God's. But what I get from living according to the teachings of Christ and the guidance of living prophets and apostles is what keeps me going. I love God and I love to feel His love and approval in my life. When I keep His commandments, I feel peace and confidence and strength, no matter what other kinds of things are happening in my life. I have a strong assurance that His perspective is greater than mine is when things seem to go wrong. I know it's true, and I know the Atonement (sacrifice) of Christ is real--I've felt His forgiveness for my shortcomings and felt His grace holding me up. Overall, I feel His love and continue to see it in the beauty all around me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith trying to find ways to help people around me. As a teacher, opportunities often arise for me to choose between patience and understanding, or anger and frustration in dealing with my students. My relationship with God helps me remember that my students are also His children, and the love I feel from Him is also offered to all His children. I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment for teens in a stressful transition by teaching them first about how to treat one another with respect and kindness. I'm always humbled when one of thanks me for that and reminded that Jesus went about doing good.