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Hi I'm Carol

I'm a birdwatcher, a biker, a gardener, a lover of nature, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 70 years old, a wife, and a mother of five sons. My husband and I have 14 grandchildren and are still counting. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in the fall of 2011. I managed apartments while we raised our sons, but have little responsibility with the apartment business now. When I turned 53 and two of our sons were in college, I decided to join them. I graduated with our 3rd son earning a BA in English. Good literature can be powerful, and I am always looking for a good book. Though I am not an expert, I have always enjoyed raising flowers and just being outdoors. When our children left home I took up bird watching as a hobby, and was introduced to a new world of beauty all around me that I had never noticed before. I am an exercise enthusiast and work out at the gym on week days. Once a week, in good weather, I also do a 30 mile bike ride. I love staying busy, and love being involved, especially with my family. Like all people my age, I hope to stay active and healthy during the years I have left.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from Mormon pioneer stock, but gained my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ line upon line, from reading the scriptures and trying to follow their teachings. I have learned from personal experience that when I keep the commandments and follow the counsel of our leaders I am happy. When I use my agency to go contrary to those things-I am not. I know without a doubt that God lives and knows me, that He cares about me, and that He hears my prayers. He has performed miracles in our family's lives. I have felt His presence during the difficult times I have experienced. I know that Jesus Christ is His son, that He suffered in Gethsemane and that He died on the cross to atone for our sins. I know He lives today as an exalted being. I have read the Book of Mormon many, many times and thrill at its testimony of Jesus Christ. Being a Latter-day Saint fills me with joy and peace!

How I live my faith

I currently teach gospel principles to the women in our congregation. I have served as the president of our women's organization, as the president of our children's organization, and in the presidency of our children's, youth's and women's organizations on a multi congregational level. I have taught youth classes and headed up our humanitarian workshops. I enjoy visiting several women in our area at least monthly to check on their well being and share a gospel message with them. I currently attend an ongoing humanitarian workshop and make quilts for humanitarian use on the side. My neighbors are great, and I try to be a good neighbor in return. I realize that my neighbors include people who may live thousands of miles from me. I am far from perfect, but am continually trying to improve myself and follow the Savior's example.

Are Mormons Christians?

Whenever I hear this question arise I think of two scriptures in the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 25 23,26 "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." Though this was written almost 600 years before the birth of Christ I find it describes my Mormon friends and me perfectly. Our biggest desire is to have our children and friends gain their own witness of Christ as the Savior of mankind. Christ and his teachings are mentioned a high percentage of time in our daily conversations. Our speakers and lessons in our church meetings center on Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Jesus Christ is the head of our church. We take our direction from Him. We believe the biblical testimony He gives stating that He is the Son of God. We know that He lives today as surely as he did 2000 plus years ago. We know that He made it possible for all mankind to live again, and that He atoned for the sins of all mankind on the condition of repentance. We try to improve our lives so that they align with His teachings. Yes, we are Christians! Show more Show less