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Hi I'm Cari.

I have an amazing family. I love a good challenge. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California, but have lived on the East Coast of the United States for most of my adult life. I am married and have four children. I served as a missionary in The Netherlands. I studied Communications at Brigham Young University and Education at The George Washington University. I work from home doing consulting projects in educational media. I stay active and enjoy hanging out at the beach. I consider myself a work in progress!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because this is the Church of Jesus Christ. I know that because I have prayed about it and the Spirit of God has confirmed that for me. That may sound strange to people who don't pray or actively look for answers to prayer, but if you sincerely ask and then pay attention, God will let you know too. For me, the answer to whether or not this is the true Church of Jesus Christ has come more from an ongoing string of experiences throughout my life, rather than a singular, dramatic event. Some examples: I remember visiting the grounds of the Oakland Temple as a little girl and feeling that it was a special and holy place. The principles I have learned at church have always just made sense to me. I have often become emotional when singing uplifting music because it touches me so deeply. I have found answers to life's big questions -- as well as to little everyday ones -- by reading the scriptures. (Thoughts come to mind, verses jump out, etc.) I have also seen in my life and in the lives of others that keeping the commandments leads to happiness and not keeping them puts you on a path to problems, pain, and regret. I have felt the joy that comes from serving others. I have experienced numerous answers to prayer, divine guidance on important decisions, and miracles that have demonstrated that God is real, He loves me, and He wants me to learn and be happy. Being a Mormon helps me want to be a better person. I understand the purpose of life and have that focus for my daily activities. The Church is just true. I know it!

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is such a big part of who I am that it affects every aspect of my life. I go to Church on Sunday. I volunteer in the Young Women's program of the Church (for teenage girls). At home, my family reads the scriptures and prays together (at mealtime, to start and end the day, etc.). My husband and I are trying to teach our children the gospel of Jesus Christ and to have good values. I don't drink, smoke, or do drugs. I don't swear or take the name of God in vain. I dress modestly and am teaching my daughters to as well. I try to treat others with respect, and to not say mean things about people behind their backs. I try to spend my time and money on worthwhile things. I'm certainly not perfect. I have set goals though to become a better person and am making progress.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Cari.
There are all different kinds of Mormon women, so it is hard to provide a blanket description that accurately describes everyone. But a lot of Mormon women I know are intelligent, strong, hard-working, and compassionate. They value family and tend to put the needs of others first. They are talented and fun. Mormons believe that men and women are equal partners, but have different roles and responsibilities. Both genders have leadership opportunities within the Church and are taught to treat each other with kindness and respect, as the Savior would. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Cari.
Pornography thrives because there is a demand for it. That's basic economics. We can stop the spread and influence of pornography by not spending our time or money on it. Along those same lines, if we use our time and money to support and demand worthwhile media, more of that will be produced. But it takes a collective effort to bring about that type of change. Beyond economics, I think we can decrease the demand for porn by teaching our children anti-porn concepts: to respect their own bodies and those of others, to have healthy and happy relationships, and to have positive attitudes about sex. We need to teach children about making good media choices, about the addictive and socially destructive power of porn, and strategies for dealing with bad media when they encounter it. We need our children to learn how to productively fill their time. Appropriate supervision and setting a good example, of course, are key. Show more Show less