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Hi I'm Carrie

I am a wife, preschool teacher and mother of 6 who loves hiking, volleyball, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

About Me

I grew up playing in the sand and waves of San Diego. Building mud drip castles with my siblings and swallowing sea water while trying to surf and boogie board has molded me. I played volleyball and enjoyed a wonderful childhood in San Diego. The experiences on high school and club volleyball teams taught me so much. I went on the play 1 season of volleyball at Ricks college after high school. I have stayed very active as an adult and love exercising, walking, hiking and playing sports of all kinds with my family. There is something about the challenge of hiking to a beautiful spot in some secluded spot that I cannot resist. And at the end of that strenous hike if there is the sound of a bubbling creek or rushing waterfall, my soul is satisfied. I remember swimming under some falls in Hawaii when I was 18. The beautiful Oregon Coast and Willamette National Forest and it's numerous creeks and waterfalls was amazing. The Columbia River Gorge is breathtaking and not even the cold water could deter me from trying it out. The El Yunque Rain Forest in Puerto Rico offered a refreshing downpour as I swam under those falls. Our 6 children have hiked and splashed with us to cascading falls near Mt Saint Helens, Washington and McCall, Idaho. In Arizona a long hike rewarded us with the opportunity to jump from rocks into the clearest water. I love what hiking and enjoying the beauty of God's creations does for my soul and for how it binds my family close.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints because the Holy Ghost has testified to me personally that it is the only church on the earth that contains the fullness of Christ's gospel and the priesthood authority to organize it and admininister it. I was raised a member of the LDS faith and when I was a teenager I wanted to know for myself if it was true. I have stayed true to the faith of my parents not because of tradition, but because I studied the Book of Mormon and the words of living prophets on my own. I will never forget how I felt as I read the Book of Mormon on my own for the first time. The Spirit of Christ feels different for everyone. I felt a thrill and a clarity and calm. Those feelings continued as I kept praying and attending church with the true desire to know what was true and to be who the Lord wanted me to be. I am unable to deny those feelings. Even when things in my personal life get hectic or hard, I hold onto those feelings and the continual assurances that I receive through the Holy Ghost. I am so very grateful that God knows and loves His children and will never leave us. That assurance will always bring me to my knees in gratitude and to my knees when I need help. And through the Holy Ghost my faith will continue to be strengthened.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to become the best that I can-- by trying to allign my life with the teachings of Jesus Christ. By attending church and other meetings and studying the scriptures and praying I am tutored and taught how to become better. Having a family and striving to have a Christ centered home is my greatest classroom for learning. I have the opportunity to follow my Savior by serving in the church and the community. I volunteer as the leader of a free club that meets twice a week in my community where moms can exercise while their children play. I love to encourage people to be active. Out family has sponsored 2 community family "turkey trots" in our neighborhood. It gets me so excited to see people of all ages come out and do something that is healthy and positive! I also enjoy our Women's Organization at church where we get together to provide service in our community when people are sick or in need. We also get together to work on Humanitarian projects that are sent throughoput the world. I am amazed what a difference it makes when we work together to watch over each other. I try to say yes whenever possible to volunteer service at church and in the community. I earnestly strive to be true to my beliefs and when I fall short, I try to learn from my mistakes. I love my neighborhood and the amazing people of all faiths that I get to associate with. I try to respect and admire the goodness in all people. I am filled with gratitude for God's blessings.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We worship God and Jesus Christ but we honor Joseph Smith for his role in the restoration of priesthood authority on the earth today. We honor Moses and Abraham and Paul as great leaders in God's church as well. Show more Show less