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Hi I'm Carole

I love Scouting, paper models and Family History research. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have five daughters. I like reading, cross-stitching, playing the drums and doing other crafts like making paper models. I enjoy doing family history research. I served in the Canadian Armed Forces for almost three years and then served as a missionary for my church in Arizona. I met my husband when I returned home and we were married in 1985 in the Cardston Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

On January 7, 1977 and just before my 20th birthday two young LDS missionaries knocked at my door. I told them I was raised Roman Catholic. I explained that I had no intentions to change and that I believed all religions had some truth to them. They agreed. They noticed I had a collection of Osmond record albums in my apartment. To my surprise they told me that they shared the same faith. Would I like to know more about what they believed? I was curious. The missionaries shared a story about Joseph Smith's first vision. I thought it made sense but could it be true? The next day they shared with me what they called the Plan of Salvation. It blew me away. I knew it was true but not sure how. It was like an old memory hidden deep in the back of my mind. I attended church the following day at a little branch in Quebec City and enjoyed meeting other members. The missionaries continued to share their beliefs with me daily. When they challenged me to be baptized I realized I needed to know for myself. I went to my room and prayed ... and I received my answer. I knew I wanted to be part of the restored gospel on the earth today. I was baptized on January 16th, 1977, the following Sunday, in the pool at the YMCA in downtown Quebec City. I am eternally grateful for two missionaries who knocked at my door. After my baptism I served in the military and then as a full-time LDS missionary myself in Arizona. I know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ, my Redeemer.

How I live my faith

Currently I am serving as a Primary Teacher for the CTR 6 class. I love callings in the Primary, having served 12 years in total as a Wolf Cub Leader in the Scouting program. My goal is to read my scriptures and pray both personally and with my family every day so that I can be in tune with the Spirit. I love to serve my family, in my church and also in my community. Because I love doing family history research I have branched out by helping my community with projects to help preserve and promote its history as well. I find great satisfaction in serving others.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Carole
We are spirit children of our Heavenly Father. He has provided a home for our spirits to dwell in as we experience, learn and grow during our life on earth. Hence we should take good care of our body and treat it with respect and reverence. This in turn helps us to maximize our opportunities and joy. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Carole
No, we do not. We honour him and his life as he served the Lord, as we honour Abraham, Moses, Isaac, Jacob ... Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Carole
Yes, visitors are welcome to attend church services at anytime. When my mother visits our family she will come to church with us. She is not a member. Church begins with Sacrament meeting and it runs about 70 minutes. Once the sacrament bread and water has been blessed and distributed the meeting continues with assigned speakers. Members of our congregation take turns in speaking on a variety of gospel topics. Our meetings always begin and end with prayer. After Sacrament meeting the younger children will go to Primary where they are taught stories from the scriptures and learn through music and class participation. The Primary aged children 3 months to 11 years are busy for the next two hours. The youth of the church 12 - 17 years and the adults go to their own Sunday School classes which are roughly 1 hour long. Following Sunday School we then go to Relief Society for the women or Priesthood for the men. The Young Woman have their own classes and the same for the Young Men. I look forward to my Sunday meetings and seeing my friends and reviewing and learning the gospel with them. The sabbath day is very dear to me. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Carole
The First Vision is what members of the church believe to be the first time God spoke to the prophet Joseph Smith. Joseph was a 14 year old boy at the time and he was struggling to know which church he should join. He decided to follow the counsel in James 1:5 that encouraged him to pray about it. Joseph sought his answer in a grove of trees near his home where he could pray without any distractions. While praying to know what he should do he was visited by two glorified personages, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He was told not to join any of the choices and that in the near future he would receive more direction. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Carole
President Thomas S. Monson Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Carole
We believe that God has spoken to man on numerous occasions. The Bible is a written record of many of these. We believe that God also spoke to prophets in the Americas. One of these prophets was a man by the name of Mormon. He spent a great part of his life organizing and summarizing the records of his people. These simplified records were written on gold plates that were later given to Joseph Smith to translate. When Joseph finished the translation he named it after the man who had compiled and condensed the records. As the book was being shared with others people started nicknaming followers of the church as Mormons. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Carole
Some people mistakenly believe that our church leaders restrict members from choosing freely, that they are exploiting us and that our beliefs and practices are harmful. I disagree. Through my own personal experiences I know none of this is true. In fact, we are taught that freedom to choose is a gift from God and we are encouraged to choose wisely. We serve each other freely in a variety of callings. We have no paid clergy. No one campaigns for or chooses their church responsibility. Our goal in life is to follow the example set forth by the Saviour, to love others as we love ourselves. We are taught to avoid selfish behaviour. We are constantly striving to make this world a better place for everyone, not just ourselves. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Carole
Joseph Smith was the first Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through Joseph many gospel truths were restored to the earth. He received his authority to serve as Prophet from Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Carole
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world. We believe that He is the Son of God, that he lived and died for us so that we could learn how to be better people. We believe that He loves us and only wants what is right for us. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Carole
No. Young men are encouraged to serve a mission and must be at least 18 years old. If young women really want to serve a mission they must wait until they are 19 years old. I was 24 before I made that decision for myself. Couples may also serve a mission, usually upon their retirement. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Carole
No it does not. We are encouraged to study our options and get involved in the democratic process. But the choice is up to us. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Carole
Yes, we are. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world. We believe that he lived and died for us and we strive to follow his example. This makes us Christians. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Carole
The Word of Wisdom is counsel from our Heavenly Father on how to take better care of our physical body. The neat thing is that as we treat our body with respect it also helps us to become more spiritually strong as well. We have been commanded to stay away from tobacco, alcohol and hot drinks which meant coffee and tea in the early 1800's as well as other harmful substances. We are told we should eat meat sparingly and that grains,vegetables and fruits are healthy for us. The Lord also includes a promise that we will run and not grow weary and walk and not faint, that living the word of wisdom is much like the protection the Israelites received during the passover. I like that. There are many other things out there that we can find to eat and drink but the Lord has focussed on these key items, especially because history has proven how destructive they are to our bodies in our day. But the Lord will not command us in all things so he leaves it up to us when it comes to any further cautions. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Carole
No, we do not. Not any more. Show more Show less