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Hi I'm Carol

I am a wife, a mother of five and a grandmother of three in beautiful Utah. I am a genealogist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Living the gospel has always been a part of my life. I grew up in a large family and extended family has always been very important to me. I married my sweetheart and we have a beautiful family that is growing each year. I love my children and grandchildren. They are the precious jewels in my life. I am grateful for the time we spend together. The best times in my life are those spent with family. I love my ancestors and I am grateful for the sacrifices they made to come here from England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Denmark. I know life was hard for them, but because of their courage, I am blessed to live in a free land where I can worship my God the way I choose to worship. As I learn more and more about my ancestors, I am more grateful for the people they were and the traits and characteristics they passed down to me. I have a great desire to teach my family about my ancestors and to be continually engaged in research and learning more about them. I love technology. I work with it every day, and I am grateful for the employment I have and for the joy it brings me to learn new things and help others learn about technology. I am most grateful for the advances in technology that make genealogical research easier and more productive than it has ever been before. I feel truly blessed to have been born at this time on the earth when I have the blessings of technology in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active LDS family. I grew up believing the LDS church to be true, but there came a time when I was fifteen that I wanted to know for sure. I prayed hard for several months, asking for a witness to know the truthfulness of what I believed. My answer was not quick to come, but I continued to pray and study the Book of Mormon. I fasted once each month and attended church and Seminary, a gospel study class for the youth in our church. After several months, I received a witness of the truthfulness of the gospel while I was at a special meeting for the Young Women of the church. It was broadcast over the television into the chapel where we met. The final speaker of the meeting was President Spencer W. Kimball, our prophet at that time. Just before he was to speak, we stood and sang the hymn, "We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet". As we sang, the camera zoomed in on President Kimball, and my heart filled with warmth and joy. I knew that he was truly a prophet of God. I also knew that if he were a true prophet that everything else I had been taught all my life about the gospel was also true. Joseph Smith is a true prophet and he saw and spoke to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He translated the Book fo Mormon and it is another witness of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith organized the church and it is led by prophets who receive revelation for our day. I know these things are true. You can gain a testimony of your own by praying. The Holy Ghost will testify it is true.

How I live my faith

I am blessed to be able to teach other members of my faith about genealogy and family history work. I am currently working with the youth to help them become adept at searching for their ancestors and learning to love them as I do. It is exciting for me to see the excitemen in their faces as they make neat discoveries about their families and they are so capable of using the technology to do this work. I also love working with the adults, teaching them how to do research and work with the Family Search Family Tree software to discover their roots and branches. It is fun when the adults get excited about adding photos and stories online to tell the story of their ancestors. Adding sources is fun and makes the work so much more meaningful. I feel so blessed to be involved with something that I have loved all my life. My husband and I, are Cub Scout Bear Den Leaders. Cub Scouting is a fun place to serve. We are a scouting family and have three boys who are all Eagle Scouts and have remained involved in scouting. It was fun to be involved with our own boys when they were young and it is fun to work with young boys again and help them begin their journey to becoming Eagle Scouts. Scouting is a great program and one that does so much for the youth to help them become great men of the future. I love the values that are taught through scouting and the skills that scouts learn along the way to better prepare them to be husbands and fathers. I am grateful to be a part of such a great program.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

The gospel of Jesus Christ brings great joy into my life. My life revolves around the gospel. Each day I pray, study the scriptures, serve others and try to live worthy to be guided by the Holy Ghost as I live my life. When something brings you great joy, you want to share it with others whom you love. Through genealogy and family history work, I have come to truly love many of my ancestors and I want them to have the joy of the gospel in their lives just like I do. They were good people, but many of them lived before the gospel was restored here on the earth through Joseph Smith. I believe that when my ancestors learn about the gospel in heaven, that they will choose to accept the gospel. Because they are in heaven, they only have spirit bodies, which cannot be baptized. Baptism is an ordinance that must be done with a mortal body, so I can prepare their names and information and take them to the temple where I or another of my family members can act as a proxy for them to receive that ordinance. Then if they choose to do so, they can accept that ordinance in their life and continue to progress in the gospel. There are other ordinances, that can also be performed for them so that they can enjoy the fulness of the gospel as I do here on earth. Going to the temple helps me to remember the covenants I made there as I received these ordinances in my own life. It is a blessing to go and serve others in the temple. Show more Show less