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Hi I'm Caroline

I'm a writer, an armchair anthropologist, and an aspiring mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 27 yrs old, married, and I live in the same Texas town I grew up in. I met my husband while attending university in 2002 where I eventually received a BA in Sociocultural Anthropology. I love reading and writing, and I'm currently editing my first novel. Movies are also one of my longtime loves, and I minored in film studies at college. I was homeschooled from 5th grade until I left for college, and I'm a better person for it! I come from a very close family, and most of us live just a few blocks from each other. We'll use just about any excuse to get together! 

Why I am a Mormon

I first encountered the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as an adolescent. My older sister had many LDS friends, and she became interested in and eventually joined the church. We had many sets of missionaries come through our home, but I was happy in my faith. My family had attended the Methodist church since I was born, and I felt God's love very strongly in my home. As I became a teenager, however, the congregation I belonged to no longer seemed to meet my needs. I found another denomination that had a strong youth program, and happily floated between the two for a few years. Because I was homeschooled, church became a major social outlet for me, and I was very involved in youth leadership. However, another great high school experience I had was attending an LDS university Theatre Workshop for youth. Since my sister attended the school, I took advantage of her proximity and, two summer in a row, headed to Provo to visit her for a week, then spend two weeks on the college campus, having all sorts of crazy fun with 50 or 60 new best friends. I'm still in contact with some of those friends today. I was ready to leave home and attend college at age 17, and a question arose where to go? I received boxes of promotional materials from across the country, but I kept thinking back to my great experiences on campus. There was no question in my mind - I wanted to go somewhere I felt comfortable, where I knew I could get a great education without the distractions most other college campuses provided. I knew I would have a great time, and I was proved right. It was fun to be a 'non-Mormon' at a Mormon college! I loved watching the reactions of friends and classmates when they 'found out' about me. But I was more than happy to be completely active in my student ward, take Book of Mormon classes, and tour Temple Square with friends. I even attended General Conference a time or two. But no matter what, for three semesters the answer to the questions was always the same. Yes, I thought the church was great, but I didn't think it was for me. I don't know what it was, exactly. I thought so much of the doctrine was beautiful, and that parts of it must be true, but it just wasn't personal to me. It wasn't mine. I have a friend who says, "I didn't join the church because of my spouse, but I finally cared enough to ask for myself if it was true." This was what happened to me, in a way. When I met the man who would eventually be my husband, he had just returned from him mission a month before. I can look back and see all the ways my heart was touched by the Spirit before, but it wasn't long after I met him that I woke up one morning and just knew it was true. Not a doubt in my heart. It was a shock to me, and I was shaking and crying, but I was so filled with the knowledge of the truth, I couldn't help it. That morning I opened up my scriptures and found Mosiah 18 10-11. 10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you? 11 And now when the people had heard these words, they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed This is the desire of our hearts. Soon after, I was baptized. And 8 years later, I can't imagine my life without the gospel. I have had so many experiences since that day, through service in the church, studying the scriptures, attending the temple and getting to know amazing, inspiring members. It was the easiest and best decision I ever made. 

How I live my faith

Right after I joined the church, I left to spend some time studying abroad in England with a group from my college. My first church assignment as a member was greeting people as they came in to church on Sunday mornings. It was wonderful to see the way the church is the same everywhere on earth, and I have made efforts since to attend church when I travel. When I returned, I served in the church's women's organization, and then taught 8 yr olds in Sunday school. However, since moving back to Texas I have continually served with the youth, in particular the 12-13 yr old girls. I love this age group! When I was their age, I had lots of struggles with friends and bullies. I think the Lord knew I was uniquely positioned to both heal from my bad experiences and help these girls face those difficult years with faith and courage. We have a lot of fun together at Wednesday night activities, and I love the opportunity to teach them on Sunday mornings. I also love being a visiting teacher. Visiting teaching is a program where two women in a congregation team up to visit a few other women from the church. We laugh, cry, and share our feelings with one another, and in this way we all grow closer to each other. I have had so much support and love from both the women who visit me and those I visit. 

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Caroline
On this website and on lds.org, you can find links that will connect you with full-time missionaries in your area. Missionaries have dedicated 18 months- 2 years of their lives to teaching, explaining, and sharing their faith. They are excellent resources for further information. You can also further explore this website and lds.org for more information on the church, its doctrines, and much more. Show more Show less