Hi I'm Carol
I love to play the piano and sing. I have three boys who are the light of my life. I'm a professor in the sciences, and my husband is a professor too. We also love to travel and meet new people and see new things. I like to needlepoint and read for relaxation. I love the ocean and the mountains both. I also enjoy going to the movies, although my life is pretty busy and with three small boys my husband and I have to schedule this way in advance. My husband is my absolute best friend. I'd rather spend time with him than with anyone else in the world. But I love good friends, and playing board games with them. I'm not a big fan of cooking but I do love to eat good food.
Why I am a Mormon
The simple answer to this: because I believe it to be true. Intellectually I appreciate it. I have had so many experiences that have continued to help me understand and know of the power of the gospel, and that the promises that are made in the scriptures are true if we try our very best to live the best life we can. I know that Heavenly Father lives and that Jesus Christ is our Saviour. Sometimes it is hard to be humble enough to accept that on my own I could not live a perfect life, without ever hurting anyone, and that I make mistakes and need a way to be able to make up for them. It forces me to feel gratitude. Do I understand everything about the gospel? No way. But every day I try to learn something new. I don't worry too much about it: as a scientist I've accepted that I don't know everything about how the world works, and again, I try to learn something new every day. All of the best things in my life have come about because of the gospel. My family came to this country because of the gospel, and here I've had so many opportunities. I've been able to go to college, to graduate school, to pursue the kinds of work that I want to do. I have a fantastic family, and when things don't go well with the family we know how to get back on track. When bad things happen to me or to us (and they do!), we don't fall entirely apart because we have a perspective that allows us to continue to be happy and to work together to get through whatever the bad times are. I would not trade my testimony or my membership in the church for anything.
How has attending Church services helped you?
When I go to church on Sunday and take the Sacrament, it gives me the opportunity to reflect on everything about my life, and see where there are actions that I have taken that I really need to change. For instance, I know that I shouldn't take the Sacrament if I have hatred or anger in my heart, and sometimes I find that I really quickly need to forgive my husband or children for things that have happened. And do you know what? That makes our whole family better.
How I live my faith
My life is based on my faith. From the first moment I get up in the morning and read my scriptures and say prayers, to family prayers, to ways that I serve in my church and my community, I never forget my faith. I just got a new calling to work with the children ages 2 through 11, which is exciting and frightening at the same time. In the past I've had lots of different callings. A recent one was to organize music needs throughout our area, and I succeeded in having Handel's "Messiah" performed at Christmas time. That was a big job!