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Hi I'm Carly Jo

I'm from Arizona, I teach music to tons of little kiddos, I've traveled to more than 20 countries, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full time Music teacher at a Catholic charter school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I LOVE teaching kids. I love creating music and analyzing how it all works, but mostly enjoy the amazing effect it has on people. I'm an older and younger sister and now a new aunt to the cutest two nephews in the world! I love my family, who are mostly all in Arizona, and would spend every minute with them if I could. I recently traveled the world with a new humanitarian organization called E3 Imagine who is creating children's books. If I had it my way I'd be happy with one small bag, a friend, a camera, and my passport. I love new people, cultures, spicy foods, languages, and seeing/feeling the love that God has for all of his children across the globe.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family that prayed together, studied scriptures, served others, and loved learning about our Savior Jesus Christ. My parents are exemplary examples of the disciple of Christ as they use the teachings of Jesus Christ to help them overcome daily trials. I have learned much from them. I am forever grateful for the example that my parents have set for me and see it as a enormous blessing in my life. I can't say that there was a specific time when I just "knew" that being Mormon was the right path for me, but it has been something that gradually has become who I am as I have made the teaching of Christ a consistant part of my life. When I moved away from home I gained an appreciation for other religions and a respect for so many others who too had a love for Jesus Christ. I did have an experience while sitting in a theology class at Boston College. We were discussing prayer and the motivations behind it. Students began sharing their individual experiences with prayer and the peace it brought them. As I listened to students of varying faiths I realized that I don't pray just because I'm mormon, I pray because I'm human. It is a tool and a literal power God has given each of us because he loves us! It is such a beautiful thing! There are moments while listening to music, pondering, praying, or feasting upon the word of God when I'm overcome with this love that God has for me. It is in those quiet moments that I know with complete certainty that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God's restored church on the earth. I'm Mormon because I have seen God's hand in my life as I follow the teachings of modern day Prophets, learn of restored truth, and then see the blessings that come as a result. While we all go through trials, God has given us the tools necessary to live truly happy, Christ centered lives. How grateful I am to be a Mormon and have these tools in my life!

How I live my faith

Boston is a wonderful place to live my faith! Something that I love about being Mormon is that no matter where we go, we will always have a community of people who love and support us no matter what we may be going through. The church is set up so perfectly world-wide, which is exactly what God intends for his children. I enjoy making friends of all faiths and love learning about their religions. I live my faith as I'm able to share with them my beliefs and methods for "getting through life". I hope that others who know me whether roommates, work friends, students, etc... will be able to see in me how much I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I truly strive to live my faith as I seek opportunities to serve others and share how much the Lord loves them as well. Living my faith is not always easy, but I don't think that God intended for it to be easy. I just hope that I can do my best and draw nearer to the Lord daily.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Carly Jo
Because God loves his us, he has called a prophet to lead guide and direct us today. This truly is evidence that God is unchangeable and that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Anyone can listen to the words of the Prophet and know for themselves whether he is called of God. The prophet today is President Thomas S. Monson. He was called of God not by an election from the people in the church. The prophet speaks to us twice a year during general conference along with the twelve apostles and other general authorities in the church. Listening to the prophet bring comfort, guidance, and light during this hard time in the world. Everyone no matter religion or culture can listen to the words of the prophet and they too can find peace. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Carly Jo
We are taught to act as the Savior would and that includes loving and serving all men, including our brothers in sisters all over the world. The church has a humanitarian program that is continually helping people in all nations with services such as employment centers, food storage, water supply, wheelchairs, food banks, disaster recovery, and more! Most of this is all made possible through members who volunteer their time to go and live abroad for an extended period! They are not paid to leave their homes or families but simply go because they know the Lord loves all of his children and they want to share that love! I have found the greatest joy through service. Sometimes we get so consumed in "me me me" that we forget to look outward and see that there are so many around us that could use and need our help! The moment we help them and forget about "me" suddenly our problems and concerns seem to not be so big anymore. Giving service can be a wonderful blessing from Heavenly Father when we seek the opportunities. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Carly Jo
The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. For me the Relief Society has been my home away from home while I've been in college. It is an immediate group of friends and people who are there to serve you, welcome you, and help you in anyway. Great things are accomplished when humble women gather in prayer, seek direction from the Lord, and then lose themselves in His service. It's a blessing to participate in it and a blessing to be a receiver of it's blessings. Sometimes I have friends or know women who are not members of the church and I just think how much they would love to be a part of this sisterhood! Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Carly Jo
Families are given to us to help us throughout our earthly experience. We believe that our families can be together for time and all eternity, not just until death. This knowledge has brought me and many that I know so much peace and comfort when I need it most. As a child and teenager I loved coming home everyday to a home that was filled with the spirit of the Lord. Having a loving father and mother there to listen to me, talk with, and learn from, was incredibly powerful. I've learned so much from my parents and continue to even as I live far away from home. My siblings and I also depend on one another for friendship, advice, and laughter. As think that humor in a family is something that binds us together. That and of course praying together! I love my family! Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Carly Jo
I believe that the closer we are to our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ, the more happy and more confident we are with ourselves. Reading our scriptures daily and communing with the Lord through prayer is a way we can get to know Heavenly Father. I had an experience once which caused me to consider this relationship with God. I had had a pretty bad day and felt the need to talk with and receive advice from my father. All day long I couldn't wait for the moment when I could call him and get counsel from him. After talking with him later that evening and feeling much better, it hit me so hard that my Heavenly Father is there for me 24/7 and that I could tell him anything and everything at any given moment! Why had I not remembered that? Since then I have tried to talk with him (Heavenly Father) more often and more naturally, not only when I pray at morning and at night. As a result I feel confident in my relationship with him and don't know where I'd be without it. Show more Show less