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Hi I'm Carmen

I have chronic fatigue syndrome. But I am still happy because I know all things are possible with God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the USA, the sixth of eleven children. We moved many times growing up, settling most often in Washington state. My father taught K-12 music, and we moved where the jobs were. My mother sometimes taught piano lessons, but although not a "working" mother, I think she worked harder than any other woman I know, taking care of all of us. We were poor growing up and were always happy for gifts or clothes from all the "nice ladies" our parents knew. Though we didn't own anything expensive, our mother often remarked that we were her greatest treasures--well, us, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I grew up wanting to be a mother because of my mother. Now I have three children of my own, with another on the way. My husband and I met during college. He works full-time, and I have two on-call jobs in my spare time: designing books and teaching water aerobics. I developed chronic fatigue syndrome six years ago, so I have to be very choosy in how I use my limited time and energy. Like my mother, my greatest treasures are my children, husband, and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I know with all my heart that this IS Christ's church. Many churches invite people to come unto Christ, and I am grateful for that. This church has something vital that I have not seen or felt anywhere else, though. It is a fulness of Christ's gospel, complete with living prophets and apostles, temples, the authority and priesthood of God, and my own personal witness from the Holy Spirit that God again speaks to men, and this is Christ's church again on the earth. I have moved so many times in my life, but it doesn't matter where I go, Christ's church is the same. Every week, I feel the Spirit of the Lord pouring such goodness, light, and joy into my soul as I attend church, that I know it is true. It is a pleasure for me to go to church every week, to feel the Lord's Spirit, to learn more about the Savior and how to follow His teachings, and to recharge spiritually for the coming week. I would love for everyone to feel the Lord's love in this way every day!

How I live my faith

The Lord's prophets have emphasized, throughout history, the importance of personal devotion through scripture study and prayer, faith and repentance. I find that daily devotion to these things in my life helps me immensely with the trials I face everyday as a mother of 3 and as someone with chronic fatigue sydrome by giving me much-needed access to the power and grace of Jesus Christ to help me overcome, and rejoice, in the hard things. His power and love are there--use them and rejoice in it!