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Hi I'm Carolyn

College graduate. Married 27 years. Mother of 10 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like taking care of my family. It's my hobby. My husband and I have 6 girls and 4 boys. Yes, they are all ours! We run them to music, dance and sports. Half of our kids are grown and out of the house now. Our oldest, a daughter, graduated from law school last year and our youngest is in 1st grade. It has been odd being home alone after so many years of preschoolers. I still have plenty to do. On my breaks, I like to read biographies and autobiographies of successful people. I'm not a fiction reader. I like reading the scriptures and enjoy Gospel discussions as well. I find life fascinating and I like to write about it in my own personal and family history. I also like gardening, socializing, and enjoying nature. I played the flute in high school and college marching band. It was a lot of fun! I like playing the piano, too, but I'm not very good at it. I like to sing. I join the Handel's Messiah sing-along with our community every Christmas! I use to be an athlete and was very competitive but my body's getting too old for that now. I still try to stay in shape. I have a good husband and I love life!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are "Mormons". I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and I lived in Utah most of my life until I was 12. Then, our family moved to a suburb outside of Washington D.C. Not long after we moved there, one of my new friends there accused me of being a "Mormon" only because my parents were. A few months later, I finished reading The Book of Mormon and asked God if the book was true. As I prayed, these words came to my mind, "Carolyn, you already know it's true." It was such a still, small "voice" that I wondered if it was my own thinking. Yet, I could not imagine that the book was not true, so I accepted it. As life went on, the Spirit continued to tell me The Book of Mormon was true simply by verifying to me that other things were true. A few years ago, I asked God to give me a more powerful and direct answer that this book is true. My prayer was answered in Sunday school the next Sunday. The topic of discussion was, "The blessings of knowing that The Book of Mormon is true". Throughout the 20-30 minute discussion, my heart pounded as a warmth and power filled my whole being. It was such a powerful out-pouring of the Spirit that it left me weak. I am a "Mormon" because God has told me, through the power of the Holy Ghost, that The Book of Mormon is true. The truths taught in this book have given me a lot of peace and direction in life. I feel very blessed to have it and be apart of this Church.

How I live my faith

My faith is my life. I try to live it every day because it brings me the most joy. I have goals to speak kindly, to smile, encourage others, inspire, be consistent, patient and dependable at home and abroad. Prayer and Scripture reading helps me to be successful at this. Our family has morning and evening prayer together. We also read and discuss one page of scripture in the morning. My husband and I pray together every evening and we have our own personal prayers morning and evening. Attending church is such a blessing. We are able to be instructed and inspired by others. I have been a teacher at church and a leader in the children's and women's organizations. I worked with Cub Scouts for many years. At one time, I organized a neighborhood watch. I try to know my neighbors and I have hosted neighborhood gatherings. Our family has been involved in school activities, sports, dance, and other community events where I am able to get to know, appreciate, and serve those around me. I try to avoid entertainment that carries violence, sex and crudity. It is not uplifting. Coming unto Christ brings the most joy. Thus, I try to bring as many as I can to Christ by sharing a copy of The Book of Mormon with about everyone I meet.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

The blessings we can receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost are many. The Holy Ghost can testify of truth, warn of danger, bring comfort, bring peace, give direction, bring things to our memory, prepare us for future events, teaches us, confirm things to us, and can tells us what we should do to accomplish things. These are a few things that the Holy Ghost can do for us. I am sure there are more. The Holy Ghost usually works in a normal way such as giving us peace. Peace can only come from the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost can also be felt as a warm feeling in the heart. Greater out-pourings of the Holy Ghost may cause our heart to pound. This is because the Holy Ghost brings power. Our bodies are weak in comparison and will repond by increasing the heart rate. The Holy Ghost can speak to our minds as thoughts. On rarer occassions, the Holy Ghost can speak to us out loud. It always testifies of Christ and encourages us to do good. It brings happiness. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Mormons believe in the Bible because it is true. Some plain and precious parts have been taken from The Bible, though. So, it can be hard to understand. The Book of Mormon helps clarify many of these things and proves the Bible to be true. Show more Show less