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Hi I'm Catie

Although I've experienced negative situations in my life, the positives far outweigh the negatives. I'm a Mormon

About Me

 I am married and a mother of three girls and a boy who died at the age of thirteen months. I also have seven step-children, one daughter and six sons, one of whom passed away. Together with my husband, we have 26 grandchildren. As my family, they are the absolute most important people to me. My husband and I are raising a granddaughter. This has been a rewarding change in our lives. We adore her. In all honesty, she is the one whom I schedule my life around. She keeps us pretty busy. I love that some of our grandchildren live close, so we can attend their school and sporting events. There is nothing quite like sitting in a snow storm or a windstorm with 50 mph winds and watching a softball game. I wish all our children lived closer. I have two grandchildren in another state and I wish I could see them more often. I am a high school and college teacher. I am the Student Council advisor at my school. I was the Key Club advisor for eight years. I love service in the community and get satisfaction from helping young people feel the rewards of service. I love to read, scrapbook, make cards, sew, day hike, backpack, travel, take pictures,spend time with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born into an active family, and have been a member all my life. I grew up in communities with very few Mormons. There were ten children in my family, so we always received many stares from people, but we loved that. I was able to be a foreign exchange student in high school and went to Turkey. The only Mormon churches in Turkey were on US military bases. Each weekend a few of the servicemen from the bases would make the half day trip to come pick me up and accompany me back to the base. I would spend the night with one of the families on the base, attend church services, and then be accompanied back to the family I was living with. This was a real blessing to me, as well as a testimony building experience. It was interesting that even so far away, with no LDS people in Turkey, save it be the military on bases, my host family had heard of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They requested recordings, so my mother sent them records. They loved to listen to the Tab choir. For me, being a Mormon is easy because that is all I have ever known.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed to be able to serve in the church in many capacities. I have worked in the children's organization for about 15 years. I worked in the women's organization for about five years. I worked in the young women's organization for about eight years. I worked in the Nursery for about four years. I love every position I have been blessed to serve in. I work with the youth as a school teacher. I am the Student Council advisor. I do not try to preach or convert, but I let it be known that I am a Mormon and am not afraid to share my moral convictions. I help make many service opportunities available to the students I lead and teach. I have been fortunate in my work to hold many leadership positions. It gives me the opportunity to meet and work with many others. I would like to think that I live my life so that others can see what Mormons are like and what we stand for.