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Hi I'm Catherine

I'm a student, a music lover, I'm interested in everything, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the fourth of six children. Though I was born in Tennessee, my family has lived all over the country, in 5 places since I have been born. I'm homeschooled and I am going to graduate this spring, a year ahead of other kids my age. I love to play the piano and the guitar, and sing. I like to read, write for fun, spend time with my friends, and hang out with my family--they're awesome.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I cannot imagine my life without the Church. But as I've grown up and gotten older, I've come to realize that this isn't enough. I guess you could say it's too hard to live this Gospel unless you have a testimony that it is true. And I do have a testimony--I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that he took away my sins. I know that this is His Gospel, that He restored it through Joseph Smith, and that Thomas Monson has the authority, today, that Joseph Smith had then. Another reason I am a Mormon--or I guess, another testimony to me that the Church is true--is that I have such a wonderful peace and joy when I'm living as I should, according to the standards of the Church. As much as I love music, literature and everything else I do, nothing I do gives me as much peace and real joy as the Gospel does. A lot of people get happiness out of, say, a new car or something, but that wears off--soon they get used to having a car and don't think about it anymore. But the joy I get from living the Gospel never gets old--it's like a little taste of heaven.

How I live my faith

Living my faith, for me, is equivalent to living my life. My faith is in everything I do, from early morning scripture study at 6:00 am to my evening prayer before I go to bed at night. I also have the opportunity to serve in the presidency of the 16-18-year-old girls. I get to help plan the activities that we do together on Wednesday nights and think of ways that we can reach out to all the girls in our age group and make them feel included. Also, I lead the music for the entire congregation on Sundays. I also live my faith in the way I interact with the people around me, especially my family. Knowing I'm going to be with my family forever is a good motivator for me to treat them with kindness and respect and make them my very best friends. I think it would be pretty sad to spend eternity with people you didn't really like that much. So in stead, I learn to love them and get along with them.