“Standing Tall in Service,” Ensign, July 2000, 68
Standing slightly over four feet tall, Cathy Jensen exemplifies the scripture, “By small means the Lord can bring about great things” (1 Ne. 16:29). For more than two years she has volunteered in the gift shop at Jordan Valley Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to that, she volunteered for more than 10 years at the Brigham City Community Hospital, where she was honored for contributing more than 10,000 hours of service. She also volunteers as a tutor at an elementary school on Thursday afternoons and does extensive research in the family history records extraction program. For anyone this service would be admirable, but for Cathy—who has cerebral palsy as well as numerous other health challenges—it is nothing short of heroic.
“Cathy is in extreme pain constantly but does not complain,” says her mother, Joyce Anderson. “She has a beautiful attitude, and she really trusts in Heavenly Father.”
When asked why she feels volunteer work is so important, Cathy responds, “It helps you look beyond your own situation and think of others rather than yourself.” She is a member of the Prairie Second Ward, West Jordan Utah Prairie Stake.—Pat Davies, Brigham City Ninth Ward, Brigham City Utah Box Elder Stake