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Hi I'm Carol

I live in Wisconsin. I love my family, my garden and my piano. I work as a legal secretary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am "my kid's mom." I was in my first year of law school when I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My original goal was to be a corporate lawyer. I had an B.B.A. in Finance and an M.B.A. But, after I joined the LDS Church, my priorities changed. I knew that I wanted to be a "stay at home mom" for my children. Thirty years later, I have raised six children, four of whom are in college. And, during those years, God provided other opportunities along the way for me to use the talents I developed in school. My college background allowed me to help my children with their educations. And, now that my children are older, I work part time as a legal secretary. Our previous prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, said, "When you grow old and your hair turns white, you will not ask about the fancy clothes you once wore, the cars you drove, or the large house in which you lived. Your burning question will be, “How have my children turned out?” .....Gordon B. Hinckley, “In the Arms of His Love,” Ensign, Nov 2006, 115–18...... My greatest joy is my family, my husband and my children. My life didn't turn out as I planned. Heavenly Father helped it to work out better.

Why I am a Mormon

I had high school friends who introduced me to the LDS Church. Their lives intrigued me. Years later I read the Book of Mormon and wanted to know if it was true. I felt that God told me "yes, it is." That is why I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

There are three specials days of the week in our religion. Sunday is our Sabbath, devoted to worship. Monday is our Family Night, where nothing else interferes. And Friday is "date night", devoted to keeping marriages strong. How I live my faith is probably best illustrated by what happens on these three days. On Sundays, I attend a worship service, sometimes singing in the choir. Then I teach a Sunday lesson. Some years I teach a women's class, some years it is a children's class, and sometimes a high school aged class. Switching Church responsibilities every few years gives us variety, and helps us learn new skills. Monday night is the night we do not answer the telephone. We turn off the t.v., and talk together as a family. It's not a perfect night, but we're not a perfect family. Friday is date night. It's a reminder that a family is only as strong as the marriage relationship. It's a reminder to stay faithful. It's a reminder of just why you started the family in the first place, because you were in love. Then, imagine taking these three days of the week and wrapping them up in a ribbon, the ribbon being daily prayer and scripture. That is how I live my faith.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Carol
Mormons definitely believe that men and women are equal in the site of God. But even more than being equal, Mormons believe that men and women have a partnership with God. It is a partnership of bringing families into the world. A husband and wife receive God's greatest blessing as children are born into their family. Then, there is a "division of labor." Men provide the family with earthly essentials, like food, clothing, and a place to live. Women, then, have time to focus on the emotional nurturing of the family. Neither is more important than the other, but both work together. Both parents provide united guidance to the family, and help each other because they love each other. At our Church it is as common to see fathers holding crying babies as it is to see moms holding crying babies. It is a partnership.  Show more Show less