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Hi I'm Carol Larsen

I'm over 50, married, live in the U.S., mother of 6 and grandmother of 3. I play the violin and love music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 6 kids (5 boys and 1 girl) who have all left home. I'm in the "empty nest" phase of my life. My husband is a mechanical engineer. We both love music. I've played the violin since age 3, him the viola since Jr. High. We like playing duets and performing recitals together. I will accept any request to play the violin. I am currently practicing Prokofiev Violin Concerto #2 and will probably be working on it for the next several years. I am not as consistent at practicing as I used to be. I love to explore and learn about the things around me. I love to be in nature and enjoy God's beautiful world. I sew and crochet and like to try new crafts when I have time. I love to read. I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Ed. I work at Cracker Barrel part time in retail. I teach 13-year-olds in Sunday School. They are amazing and brilliant. I learn so much by interacting with them. I am also our ward choir director. My favorite activity is playing with the grandkids. They are so creative and fun-loving. I marvel at their view of the world. I take hundreds of pictures every time I visit, then make a picture book for them so we can remember all the good times. I have been called the "mamarazzie" of the family because of my addiction to taking pictures everywhere I go.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church. However, I made the decision on my own to put certain principles to the test. I read the "Book of Mormon" and discovered for myself the truths it contains. When I have a major decision to make, I look at the patterns great prophets and leaders used...prayer...fasting...taking a step in the most plausible direction. Not every question I have is answered immediately or clearly, but when I make the best educated choice I can (based on righteous principles) and start working on it, my path is illuminated a little at a time. When the direction is wrong, I come to a standstill and get a confused feeling. When I'm moving in the right direction, I feel confident. Heavenly Father is very creative in his answers and how he blesses me. I seldom can predict the many blessings that come my way, but am delighted when I discover them. I know it is worth it to live the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am happy with the comfort I receive that He is the Redeemer and loves me with all His heart. The worst that can happen to me will never be the worst that happened to Him. I don't expect my life to be perfect because of my faith, I do expect to be strenghtened through tragedy and trial. This I know through experience.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying every day to do little things to strengthen it. I allow a certain amount of time for prayer and scriptures before entering the secular world. I try to dress modestly and not use foul language. Mostly I try to love those around me unconditionally and try to find good in everything I can. I try to keep moving forward. My favorite motto is "Slow and steady wins the race". We are all winners for being here on earth. We just need to endure to the end.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Carol Larsen
Attending church is for everyone. Anyone, no matter where they are on the Gospel path, is welcome. It is a place to learn the basic principles of the Gospel in preparation to receive more instruction in the temple. Going to the temple requires more of a commitment than "just going to church". The ordinanaces in the temple are sacred and not to be taken lightly or made light of. A basic understanding of Gospel principles learned in church makes going to the temple more enlightening. Show more Show less