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Hi I'm Carol

I grew up in the United States, but I've traveled all over the world. I love science, math, music and my family.

About Me

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 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!

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Carol
Yes. Whenever a prophet is inspired by God to write, then it becomes scripture. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Carol
That is something you have to find out for yourself. And it takes work. In rather the same that that it takes work for you to learn personally whether quantum theory is true. You can't just pick up one college-level quantum theory textbook, read two sentences, and say "this is/is not true." You have to study lower-level math and physics for years. Then you have to read and understand what is said. Then you have to perform experiments and try out the ideas. And only then do you start to get a glimmer of the truthfulness of quantum theory. Fortunately it's a little bit simpler with the gospel: Heavenly Father WANTS us to find out the truth. If you are already at this site you may already have been doing some of the groundwork too, like asking good questions, praying, or trying to lead the best life that you can. Keep doing those things, read the Book of Mormon, and pray and ask if it is true. Find out all you can about the church to help you decide. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Carol
Absolutely. Personally I can't think of anything better than this doctrine. What is the point of living if you can't be with your family? Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Carol
I hope not! That should never be part of it. I try to help everyone I can, but I'm sometimes limited to just those people that I personally come in to contact with. However, I often send money away when I hear of needs from others across the world, and I know many of my Mormon friends do the same. Show more Show less