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Hi I'm Cara

I'm a busy mother of three and I'm happy to be called a Mormon.

About Me

I have had many hobbies and interests over the years, I majored in German and love to travel. I've dabbled in art, experimented with rock climbing and ice skating, played a lot of ultimate frisbee, but I have traded most of those activities in for playing Ring-around-the-rosies, jumping on the trampoline and swimming with my 3 little munchkins. I have a 4 year old boy and twin girls who are 2. They definitely keep me hopping. I had no idea how hard motherhood would be when I excitedly took on the job, yet I wouldn't trade it for anything. My family means everything to me and I am so grateful for the knowledge that we can be together forever because we were sealed together by the power and authority of our loving Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a large Mormon family, and when my father asked me if I wanted to be baptized on my 8th birthday, I thought that was a redundant question. I couldn’t wait to be baptized! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the only one I knew, and I loved it. But as a 12 year old I started realizing that I needed to know, not just believe, that this church had the authority from God to act in His name. There were so many good Christian churches out there, what made this one special? I started praying to find an answer to that question and 4 years later it hit me in a very powerful way that I had already received my answer. I had learned line upon line, here a little, there a little (see Isaiah 28:10, 2 Nephi 28:30) until I realized that there was no way the LDS church could be a mere fabrication of men. The short answer is that the Spirit of the Lord confirmed in my heart that I had been taught the truth as a child when my parents and teachers shared their testimonies with me. I have had this assurance given to me time and time again as I continue to seek greater light and knowledge along my life's path.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite programs in the Church is called "visiting teaching." I find I really need adult conversation, since I spend so much time with toddlers and no other adults. I love being able to have other women, who understand what I'm going through, come into my home and visit to lift me up and encourage me. Likewise I love to be able to go visit other sisters, share my feelings about the gospel with them and build friendships I might otherwise never have found. I also enjoy teaching the adult Sunday School class, Gospel Doctrine. My husband and I take turns every other week teaching this class and it has been such a blessing for me to make my scripture study a higher priority in my life as I prepare my lessons. Almost every calling or duty I have had in the church has felt like it was meant just for me because there was something I needed to learn or could benefit from that particular job in each stage of my life. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve in the Church, instead of just being a passive participant. It makes my faith so much more meaningful and not just a Sunday activity to be forgotten the rest of the week. One of the best experiences of my life was when I served as a missionary for the Church in Austria. I loved learning more about the culture and language that I had been studying, but most of all there was tremendous joy that comes from sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others and dedicating yourself full-time to the Lord.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Cara
We believe that everyone deserves the right to choose to accept the gospel message. Baptism must be done by proper authority and by immersion of the physical body, as Christ showed us through His example. Many people have passed on before ever having the opportunity to choose to be baptized by the priesthood authority on the earth. God is merciful and has prepared a means whereby all people have a chance to accept such a baptism. But it must be done for those people who are not here to do them personally. The deceased in the spirit world are allowed to accept or reject the baptism done in their behalf. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Cara
For the same reason other Christians believe in the Bible: It is the word of God and a means of His communication to His children. We are also privileged to have additional scripture as a companion to the Bible. Show more Show less