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“And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42).

Often, I find that I am like Martha – I get troubled over seemingly important things; however, I know that the Spirit is reminding me to sit at Christ’s feet and simply listen to “that good part.” I hope to explore these things, and, consequently, choose them.

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).  I love reading the scriptures and discussing various gospel topics.  I am a mother, in my thirties, raising four kids who are all trying to kill me with their cuteness.

I can’t ever think of what to write in these “about me” sections…so here goes

So…here’s a little bit about me…
– I like to make and wear tie-dye tee-shirts…
– I love to eat chocolate
– I like balsamic vinegar and olive oil on my salad.
– I could eat pizza every day – especially if it was from Caln Pizza and Pasta in Downingtown, PA. or Rays Pizza in Scottsdale, AZ.
– I only have one TV in my house.
– I am right handed and a little jealous of lefties.
– I have had a tonsilectomy.
– I have four kids.
– I love summer. And spring. As long as it’s warm. I think I may have Seasonal Affective Disorder.
– I love the holidays. I’m obsessed with christmas, and halloween is a close second. I love it more – as a mom – than I did as a kid.
– I love the gospel, a lot. I also love laughing.
– I love watching movies.
– Our family had a pet Betta fish – Mr. Sparkie. My oldest daughter (Tiger) won it in class. We had it for more than two years before it finally died. Then, we got two goldfish who both died within two days. (both of them were named “Dorothy” by my third daughter – Sasquatch – who is obsessed with Elmo.
– I can do push ups, and one of my goals this year is to be able to do two pull-ups.
– I love flexing.
– I have been in three car accidents.
– Once, I felt like I had hit rock bottom, but the thing was – it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. Don’t get me wrong, it hurt, but I could feel the love of the Savior throughout the experience. My “rock bottom” was not caused by my own decision, but by the decision of another. My bishop, at the time, said it the best – I was entering into the gates of my own Gethsemane. As difficult as it was, I am grateful that I went through it. I’m a much better person for the experiences the Lord has given me.
– I am currently worried about my body and weight. It is a struggle for me. I had my fourth child one year ago. I haven’t lost the baby weight. I don’t like it one bit.
– If I could go back in time, I’d like to meet Teancum. And Mary Magdalene. And Jesus, of course.
– When I was in first grade my favorite songs were: Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics), Rock Me Amadeus (Falco), and We Built this City (Can’t remember the artist).
– “Make new friends, but keep the old…Some are silver, the others gold.” – I feel like this is true. I value my friends. But there is nothing like an old friend.
– I only drink water…with an occasional hot chocolate.

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I hope you like the blog. You can contact me through comments or email at chococatania[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks for stopping by.

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The views expressed in this website are my own, and they are not official views from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I try to stay in line, however, with what the church teaches, and ask anyone who comments to do the same. 🙂

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  1. So….I sit here crying, not just crying, but sort of breathing funny like you do when you are a kid and you’ve cried so hard you can’t get enough air. I can’t remember making this blog one of the bookmarks on my computer, but tonight while I was paying bills, I clicked on it. You came up. One of those “old friends that are like gold.” Can I just tell you how much I miss you? How much your words lifted me tonight? How good it was to hear your motherhood thoughts and think, “Hey, someone else feels that way too! Maybe I am okay after all?” And don’t worry. My baby is 18 months old. I still haven’t lost the weight. I hate it. I love me. I am learning to love me more as I take credit for the other great things I do. I am not patting myself on the back here, but just taking personal inventory, and allowing myself to feel good about it. Can you ask yourself a few questions and be honest with yourself, then give yourself some credit? Do you love your kids, and do they know it? Do you put a dinner on the table most nights that you create? Are you doing a church calling the best you can and choosing to love it? Do you love you husband and does he know it? Are you constantly striving to strengthen your relationship with Heavenly Father, and does He know it? I read what you write and I see myself. There are so many ways that you totally rock, but you expect those things of yourself, so you don’t give yourself the pat on the back that you so deserve! Trust me………..I am finding out that with 4 kids(my 5), you are a rock star for keeping things together in any sort of organized chaos! Catania, I love you, and needed to read all of this tonight. I am struggling to pray consistently the way I know I should, and was feeling like a loser. I read your spot about the 21 day challenge, and realized I could do 21 days. I read about your “rock bottom.” My heart ached at the memory of that. Then my heart warmed at the memory of sitting in the Ogden temple with you. I am sad that miles haven’t allowed us to see each other, but I want you to know that my memories of you are so sweet. Thanks for being such a true friend and never being shy about sharing your testimony. You such a great example.
    Lots of love,
    Ann

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  2. Dawn Love

     /  October 30, 2012

    I have just recently found your blog. I joined the church in 1989 and was active for 2 years. Then, thru no fault of anyone in the church, I became inactive. So I have been inactive for 25 years (head held down in shame). I just recently returned to the church, I love Bible study and was looking for one and thought I would start with “The Plan of Salvation” and found your blog. I am in the middle of your series now. It is how I learn – read, question and answer. Thanks for putting it out there. I look forward to more. Eventually I hope to do my own.

    Dawn

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    • Dawn,
      Thank you for such a kind comment. Congratulations on coming back to church. It is so hard to make changes in life (it is for me, anyway!). Also, I’m glad that you are enjoying the scripture study series. I am in the process of making one for the four gospels…it will take a while, but hopefully it will be helpful. I’d love to see what you’re working on!-catania

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  3. Hi guys! I am 14, and I just started my blog. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! I am a Latter-Day Saint also. I have been trying to figure out a way that I can explain how our Church is different from others. So, I need your help. I have no earthly idea how to explain what we stand for and believe in. Please help me out here. I want to make a difference in people’s lives, and this is how I want to start. Let me know. Thanks!
    Oh, and if you have time, come check out my blog! I could use a few pointers.

    Thank you so much!
    Kiwi 🙂

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  4. Sharon Grigg

     /  March 2, 2013

    I just bookmarked your blog. I’m looking forward to the Easter scripture study. I am now a grandma, be patient with yourself and the weight loss.

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  5. I think the We Built This City song you’re talking about is the one by Starship. Feel free to check me on that. 🙂

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  6. thanks for subscribing to my blog, (http://gospelperspective.wordpress.com/) I appreciate it please feel free to visit and share with your friends, i will have to read some of your posts when i get the chance,

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  7. Sarah A.

     /  December 13, 2013

    Catania, it has been years since I’ve talked to you or seen you. We worked together at the airline and you were one of my very favorite people when I was an impressionable eighteen year old. I’m sorry that we grew apart after our office closed. After reading through your love story I am sorry for the heartache you had to experience before finding the right one. I can tell from your blog you are still inspiring others around you. I happened to stumble onto your blog while researching a gospel topic. I can see that you are still inspiring others. I am now going to bookmark your site so I can refer to it more often. Hope all is well and life is good. One of my favorite trips is when we had a girls weekend in your home town.

    Sarah (Gibson) Anderson

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    • Sarah! Of course I remember you!!! How could I forget the laughs and your red hair! 😉
      It’s okay, I know how things go – all of that happened pre-facebook, so friendships naturally ebbed and flowed.

      Anyways, thanks for the little comment. It made my week. And yes, going to Philly with you and Heidi was one of my favorite trips, too. 🙂

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  8. I want you to know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award, click here for the details – http://nicolesloanswriting.com/my-blog-posts/ – Congrats to you and keep up the great work!!!

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  9. Yes!!! I am so happy to run into your blog. I have a hard time finding blogs like mine on wordpress. Can’t wait to follow your adventures!

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    • Thanks! I checked out your blog, too. I love it!

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      • Thanks for stopping by! Thanks for a the nice advice on scriptures. I can’t wait to read through it all. 🙂 I feel like your blog gives me a vision of where my blog is heading. For a while I didn’t know where I was going with it. So I’m glad we’re wordpress friends now!

  10. I was writing a talk for sacrament meeting. 😦 and came across your blog. Thank you thank you ! Your about me page resonated In me ….wish we could be friends face to face. My son came home from his mission and when he was sitting in the family room talking with his brothers and dad I was busy cleaning up the dishes. He called to me …”Martha …Martha”. I thought who is Martha and why is he calling me that??! Then he laughed and said ” come mom, choose the good part”. I have subscribed to your blog and am glad we can be online friends! Thank you, Louisa Slater

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    • Thank you Louisa. I’m glad that this blog has resonated with you. I know what you mean – I get busy and “encumbered about” with many things – even good things. I feel like I’m always trying to remember what “that good part” is – so I can choose it!

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  11. I recently came across your blog after you left a comment on another one titled “Divorce is an Option”. I read your love story and found it amazing. I was divorced about 2 years ago.

    I recently was looking at your study guide for Matthew 5 and was wondering what your thoughts are specifically on verses 31 and 32. They have really bothered me recently. Thanks for sharing your blog!

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    • Hi Tina,
      I’m sorry it has taken me a while to respond. I just wanted to carefully consider what I had to say.

      I know what you mean about Matthew 5 bothering you. I went through a similar thing! 🙂

      For the most part, I chalk those verses up to something I don’t understand right now, but will understand in the future. I know that is probably not a very satisfactory answer, but every time I’ve pondered it, that has been my reaction. Mainly, it’s because I know why I got divorced, and I know that the Lord guided me in the decision I made. Additionally, I know that I have always kept and honored all of my covenants. I have done my best to stay true to the Lord, and that’s all He asks for. Any way that I come up short is resolved through His Atonement. I simply must strive.

      There is a conference talk that you might like, titled Divorce, by Dallin H. Oaks I don’t know the circumstances of your divorce, but this talk was helpful to me. I remember that it was given about a month before I married Homey.

      It was hard to listen to an apostle talk about divorce, in a way. My family has been ravaged by divorce. My mom has been divorced twice. I had been divorced a few years before the talk was given. Yet, one thing Elder Oaks said really resonated with me: There are many good Church members who have been divorced. I speak first to them. We know that many of you are innocent victims—members whose former spouses persistently betrayed sacred covenants or abandoned or refused to perform marriage responsibilities for an extended period. Members who have experienced such abuse have firsthand knowledge of circumstances worse than divorce.

      When a marriage is dead and beyond hope of resuscitation, it is needful to have a means to end it.

      I’m grateful that there are people who understand that divorce isn’t always an “easy way out” kind of a thing. It isn’t always a failure. Sometimes it is the only option for survival. I know, in my circumstance, that I would not have survived (spiritually and perhaps even physically) if I had stayed married to my ex-husband. Not only that, but now, looking back, I also have a feeling that it was also the most merciful option for him. He would no longer be under the commitment of marriage. He wouldn’t be able to cheat or commit adultery anymore – not because he had stopped, but because he was no longer bound by the covenant of marriage. (Is this making sense). I felt that, in my situation, it truly was the best option for every person in my family.

      This isn’t to say that it is easy and there are no problems. Of course there are. It takes a bit of time to heal from a divorce. In my case, I was married a little over two years later, but I find that I’m still being healed from the betrayal and other experiences in that first marriage. I know that the Lord’s Atonement is real. I know that it works. But I can also see that all of our actions have consequences. Even though divorce was right for me and my family, we were still left with a bit of a mess. Thankfully the Lord can help us “clean it up.”

      Anyway – I hope that my response is helpful to you and to anyone else who might read this. My prayers are with you as you work through these verses. I’m sure that, in time, you’ll find peace and understanding about this passage and how the Lord feels about you.

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  12. After following your blog since early 2013 before I went on my mission, I still love it today! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award, you can check out the details on my blog post here,
    https://carraslife.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/if-you-want-something-youve-never-had-then-youve-got-to-do-something-youve-never-done-unknown/

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