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Hi I'm Carly

I'm a wife, mom, and oboist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Suddenly, I'm a mom of 3 little ones, and I wonder what happened to my life! Staying at home to care for my children is difficult work, but I have never felt so much joy. Each child is different. One day, the oldest will say something hilarious. Another day, the middle child will do something so kind. And each day, my infant wows me with his growing awareness of the world around him. As a family, we do chores, we color, we dance, we sing, we tell stories, we laugh, we cry, we learn together. And when my husband comes home from work, we play some more! Life is simple right now, but changing quickly as the months go by, and I'm just trying to keep up and cherish them while they're small.

Why I am a Mormon

It is a choice I make everyday to live what was taught to me by devoted parents. I was young when I chose to be baptized, and today I live up to that decision by staying true to my commitments to God. As I grew and matured through adolescence and young adulthood, developing cognitively and observing the people and conditions around me, it became more and more clear that what my parents taught me and lived themselves was an ideal approach to living life and understanding my purpose as a human being. I believe that God is my Eternal Father. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to provide a way for me to return to Him when this life is over. The Holy Ghost is the guide He has given to help me through this life. My efforts to understand these things bring me peace and comfort on a day-to-day basis, especially in moments when I miss my dad who died when I was a teenager. I believe I will meet with my dad again because God has a plan for His children who have come to earth in families to enjoy these special relationships after death and into eternity.

How I live my faith

As a mommy, I live my faith by praying with my children. At bedtime, we read the scriptures together. My oldest child loves stories and guessing games, so on Sundays we keep to topics about prophets from the Bible and Book of Mormon. We try to keep the Sabbath day holy and teach our children that it is a special day to remember God. Daily, my husband and I work to build family relations that are gentle and kind, communicating in a loving way to help us be like Jesus. It is an exercise in diligence since our daughters are 4 and 2 and need frequent reminders to share, take turns, and use nice words! At church, I get to teach girls ages 12 and 13 various gospel topics. We ask questions together and find answers in the scriptures. My faith is strengthened by their curiosity and their drive to learn for themselves who God is and what life is all about. Also, I get to direct our congregation's choir. We sing songs about Jesus to invite our listeners to remember Him and stay committed to God's commandments through the week. Serving at church as a youth leader and choir director helps me feel like I'm showing God that I believe in Him.