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Hi I'm Carina

I'm a writer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a professional writer. I hate sleeping because it's a waste of time. I'm married to a teacher. We have two adorable, and quite possibly genius, children who have destroyed everything I own. I probably watch too much TV, I used to be a movie critic, and I knew about that band before you did. I'm crazy about design. In my spare time I write more, paint, read The New Yorker, cook, bake, try to finish one of the four novels I'm reading, golf, sew, and have deeply meaningful discussions about Lost and BSG. Turns out I don't have a lot of spare time. I'm a civically-active liberal Mormon. It's important to stand up for what you believe in and to participate in civic dialogue. I'm Spanish, love to travel, wear inappropriate shoes, and have lived all over Europe. And I think you're pretty cool.

Why I am a Mormon

I find a deep satisfaction in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love that we have a living gospel, one that is open to changes and new revelation. We're encouraged to foster a personal relationship with God, pray directly to him, raise profound questions and ask for guidance. I can receive answers to those prayers. I love that motherhood is viewed as equal to priesthood, working in tandem to accomplish great works. I know that I'm especially beloved by my Heavenly Father as a woman. I have purpose and direction to my life, and know that death is not the end. The shortest reason? It makes me happy.

How I live my faith

I think that respecting you and your faith says just as much about me as anything I could write here. I love a diversity of thoughts, opinions, and cultural backgrounds; it's what gives society its strength. I'm trying to live the most Christian life I can. Am I continually looking for opportunities to help my friends and neighbors? Did I see a need and try to fill it? Was there someone whose path I crossed that seemed bereft? The more I try to fulfill the needs of others, the less I think about my own worries. I've recently been making meals for our town's homeless shelter, something coordinated with other women in my neighborhood. I volunteer at my child's school and help mentor new mothers. I currently work with the Cub Scouts and it's really fun. Seeing kids who are just beginning to exercise independent skills and thoughts, and helping them discover the leadership inside themselves is rewarding. It's a blast to work with those balls of energy! I really do attend church services every Sunday, contribute tithing, and try to live a deliberate life.

What do Mormons believe about family?

The short answer? We're for them. The long answer? Family is the building block of our global society: it transcends class, culture, language, and geography. There is nothing as important as what happens within the walls of your home. Your family should be your first priority. Children deserve to be loved, nurtured, taught, and guided. Parents have a duty to teach their children, raise them with love, and help set a moral compass. I love that Mormons are encouraged to say "No," even to church activities, if we feel it interferes with our family life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Grace is the center of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We cannot be saved by grace alone, we must do our part. After we've done all that we can, repented and come to the Lord with a broken heart, full of sorrow and contrition, there is still a deficit. The grace of Christ fills that deficit, and saves us. We are sanctified and justified by His grace. Show more Show less