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Hi I'm Catharina

I'm a Mormon and love it! I'm not me without that 'label', it defines who I am and what I do hour-by-hour.

About Me

I'm a stay at home mom to 5 kids. I have a wonderful husband who works so hard to grant me this priveledge. I don't know how I could do it any other way than to to stay home with them. They are 11, 9, 7, 5, and 3. We stay very busy obviously, but work very hard to focus on the very best things. Those things are the things that will aid us in raising children, who will be great people, and make a difference in this world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church to 'goodly parents', they were a great example to me in how to live. I don't have a grand conversion story, I feel I have always known from a very young age, that the Church is true. I become more and more converted to different aspects of the gospel the more I live them, and when faced with trials in my life. The biggest thing that keeps me going and living the gospel is that simply...IT WORKS! Trying to live or just 'be' any other way doesn't work. I have no promise, and no feeling of safety in anyway, when I don't rely on my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. There is a saying from a book by Dr John L. Lund that says, "Binding the Lord in Righteousness." I like that because it refers to the promise in the scriptures that says, "I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but if ye do not what I say, ye have no promise." I feel a safety and contentment in my life when I know I can hand those 'loose ends' or 'things I have no control of' over to the Lord. I continue to do all the things I am commanded to do and that I do have control over. Then I hand the rest over to the Lord, because the great part is we don't have to do everything in this life alone. How wonderful is that?! I know I can't do everything everyone thinks I should, need, or ought to do/be, all on my own. And what better, more capable hands could I trust the delicate, detailed, and private struggles of my life with? There are no more capable hands I would trust. He strengthens me, lifts me up and is always there. It makes sense for me because I have seen it work and I know it works. By living the Gospel, it helps me be the person I am; and the person I want to be. Without the Gospel, what reason would I have to change or be better? Because of the roll a women/wife/mother is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This gives me a reason and gives me purpose in my efforts - it helps to remind me that what I do matters; and that I am a piece to a bigger picture.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily. It is who I am and therefore 'what' I do. My life is structured by how I live the gospel in my everyday life. It is how I talk to people, my husband, my children, and strangers. With my husband and children, I won't lie and say I never yell or argue. That is a constant, ongoing prayer in my heart - to be softer spoken and slow to anger. It's a process and some days are better than others. I don't claim perfection, but I do claim that I am constantly working on my own self mastery by trying and trying again. I may fail more times than I succeed, but when I do succeed I realize why it is all worth it. I do the best with what I've been given and try to do and be better everyday. This is a trial and error part of life, and know I fall short in so many ways. All I can do is try a little harder to be a little better everyday. I want to live my life as an example to my family and all those I come in contact with - I strive to live in a way that prepares me to be an instrument in the Lord's hands.