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Hi I'm Carrie

I'm a Mormon. My husband Matthew and I have six children and live in Idaho.

About Me

I love to read, sew, play piano, and help at my childrens' schools. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, which makes life more challenging, but is another opportunity to watch the Lord bless my life daily as he helps me raise my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I love to work hard at good causes, and the best cause I know is to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and teach others to do the same. The more I live by the teachings of His church, the more I feel His Spirit guiding and directing my life. I can confidently raise my family in truth through these confusing times because I know that Jesus Christ has provided His restored church with prophets to counsel us as they did in Bible times. As I live by their counsel I have always found it to be true.

How I live my faith

I love to teach the gospel, and have been called as a teacher and leader of children, youth and adults many times. I'm always looking for little things I can do to serve, whether it is tying a quilt for a homeless shelter, collecting books for school children, or taking meals to families during a hard time. When I am caring for the poor and needy I know I am following Jesus Christ's example.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Carrie
As much as we want to do what is right, each of us will break some commandments (most of us many) in our lives. This is sin, and it separates us from God. To overcome sin, there had to be someone perfect who was willing to suffer on our behalf, to pay the price we could not. Jesus Christ offered to take upon himself all of our sins, and when he suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and blood came from every pore, he did so. This profound act is called the Atonement, and if we repent (by humbly seeking to change, confessing our fault to the Lord, and trying our best to do better), our Heavenly Father will forgive us because the penalty was already paid by our loving Savior. Another problem for us was physical death, and as the literal son of God, only Jesus could overcome this barrier to eternal life as he willingly gave his life on the cross and died for us. As the bible tells, he was the firstfruits of the Resurrection and three days after his death he rose again. Because he broke the bands of death, all men will be resurrected and receive an immortal body someday. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Carrie
We believe the Bible because it is a true record of God's dealings with people. In Bible times they had the same types of problems we have today, and Jesus' counsel directly to the people and through His prophets and apostles is still effective for us today. When I read the Bible, I feel as though the Lord is speaking to me today. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Carrie
The temple is our most sacred place, a place to make covenants with God. It is not so much secret as just of such great reverence and importance. When our new temple had an open house, we took many of our friends through who are not of our faith and they got to see just what it is like. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Carrie
We believe that God ordained the family and wants to see families sealed together for eternity. So even when a family member dies, they will be part of that family again if they have been sealed in the temple. This is why we do family history work to seal our ancestors to us--we want to be a family with them forever. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Carrie
No. Show more Show less

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

Carrie
Mormon women are great neighbors. When I had a medical procedure that sidelined me for a few days, my Mormon neighbors brought dinner over for several nights. When we planned our move, Mormon women offered to care for our children and help pack. I look up to the women in our ward (congregation) for their constant desire to serve and bless lives. We believe men and women have different roles within the family, but should help one another as equal partners. Both hold leadership positions in the church. In marriage, both partners counsel together to solve problems. Show more Show less

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

Carrie
No, the church encourages everyone to vote but does not tell anyone to vote for a specific person or political party. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Carrie
We believe there are three members of the Godhead: Heavenly Father, who created our spirits; Jesus Christ, his only physically begotten son who offered to become our Savior and atoned for our sins; and the Holy Ghost, a spirit who can always be with us and guide our thoughts and actions each day. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Carrie
We believe in doing good to all people. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Carrie
Everyone is welcome in the church. I have been in congregations with people of many cultures, and we are all God's children. Show more Show less