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Hi I'm Carrie

I am a wife, a mother, and a friend. I find joy in the simple things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Before I had children, I thought I had an instruction guide on motherhood. I was ready! I knew exactly how I was going to "mother", and I knew that it was going to work perfectly. Two years later, my first baby girl was born. The instruction manual was thrown out the window, and I began a journey with the Lord as my guide. Since becoming a mother, I have prayed more fervantly then ever before, I have laughed and cried with my whole heart and soul, and I have been enlightened by perspective. My self-assured resolutions on motherhood have been replaced by faith, hope, and long-suffering. Somehow my resolve for training the most amazing children has changed to be more of a resolve in changing myself. Motherhood has refined me in ways that are difficult to comprehend. Every day I am learning and growing from my children. I am the one being "trained". I am the one being "refined". I am so grateful to be a mother! My children are precious gifts from my Heavenly Father, and through them I am becoming what He needs me to become, and hopefully--they are learning something along the way too!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a little girl, I went to a grove of trees, which I had imagined must have looked like the grove of trees in which Joseph Smith received the first vision, and prayed to see the Father and His Son. I had complete faith that I would receive a vision similar to that of Joseph Smith's. Although my faith was pure, it was not God's will for me to see Him and His Son. I did not see a miraculous vision--not then, and not now. And although I did not see a vision, my faith was unshaken. And now as an adult, and after many years of living the Gospel, I can look back at that moment, and see how my testimony has grown. And although, as a child, I was asking for one miraculous moment, the Lord had a different plan for my testimony, and instead of one moment--my testimony is made up of a thousand moments that have touched my spirit. Moments while reading the scriptures, while attending my church meetings, while speaking to my Father in humble prayer... As I have actively taken part in the Gospel, the spirit had testified to me of its truth. In Alma (within the Book of Mormon), it talks about faith being like a seed. Alma explains that if it is a good seed, it will swell within our souls, and we will know that it is good. But knowing something is good is not enough. Alma also talks about how we must then nourish it, and allow it to grow. Testimony takes action—without nourishing the seed or that “moment”, the seed will not grow within us. (Alma 32) I have taken Alma’s challenge. I have nourished the word of God, and I have felt it grow within my soul. This was the Lord's plan for me. He knew that my testimony would grow, but not through a vision, but rather through living the Gospel day by day. Because of this action, I testify that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know that God loves us, and wants us to live with Him again. I also know that it is only through our Savior, Jesus Christ, that we can return to Him, and be with our families forever!

How I live my faith

I try to live the Gospel in everything that I do. I have faith that as I seek to follow my Heavenly Father's will, and listen to the words of the prophets, my family will be blessed. An example of this occurred when my eldest daughter started first grade. I remember feeling distraught at sending her to school. I hated the idea of her being away from me for an entire day. Not only did I miss her dearly, but I was entrusting others’ to provide positive influence in her life. I felt concerned for her spiritual safety. I remember taking my concerns to the Lord. And then one morning I awoke with an answer. I had been instructed to remind my children of their divine heritage. And so began a tradition with each of my children. Every morning each child is asked the same question, “Who are you?” to which they reply, “A child of God”. They are then asked, “What does that mean?” to which they reply, “I am a princess”. For a time, I felt peace with this simple routine; however, I soon learned that there was more to my answer. While listening to conference, I received a strong impression about early morning scripture study. We were already studying scriptures at night; however, the impression was clear that for my children’s spiritual safety they needed to be fortified with the word of God before leaving for school. And so, a new routine began. As I have sought for the guidance of a loving Father in Heaven, my family has been and continues to be blessed. As we pray, live the principles of the Gospel, and seek His will we continue to receive instruction that blesses our family. Part of that instruction includes: holding regular family councils, planning valuable one-on-one time with our children, and making time for things that matter most. In the D&C it counsels, “Organize yourself, prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;…” (D &C 88:119).