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Hi I'm Caroline

I grew up in Michigan. I speak German. I love to play basketball. I am a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a wife and a mother of 3 beautiful children 5 and under. I graduated from college with a degree in German and then got an MBA in marketing. I ran my own photography business for about 8 years and now do photography as a hobby and dabble in digital design. Being a full-time mom keeps me pretty busy! I love to play basketball, I love to sing, and I love to bake!

Why I am a Mormon

 Although I was raised a Mormon, as I teenager I knew that I needed to know for myself if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints was true. I grew up in Michigan, and most of my friends and most of the people I interacted with every day were members of different faiths. I saw kindness, charity, love, and dedication in all of them. I knew there was a lot of good in the world, but I also knew that there is something even better than just being good. I developed the habit of praying sincerely each day, morning and night, and talking to my Heavenly Father about the things I was experiencing in my life. As I worked on this habit, I also developed the habit of studying the scriptures every day. I studied the Old Testament, New Testament, and most often, the Book of Mormon. I studied the Book of Mormon most because it really intrigued me. Was there really more to the Gospel than what was written in the Bible? If Heavenly Father really did inspire prophets to write scripture in the Americas? Did Jesus really appear to those people and teach them? Did Heavenly Father and Jesus really call prophets in modern times? If these things were actually true, wouldn't I want to learn about them? So, as I studied the scriptures, I asked Heavenly Father to help me know if the Book of Mormon was true. I didn't have any big defining experience, but I did feel the warmth of the Spirit touching my heart as I read and studied, giving me a feeling of peace and helping me feel my Heavenly Father's love for me. In addition to this witness, I also saw what happened in my own life as I tried my best to follow the teaching of the Book of Mormon. As I chose a commandment or teaching and tried my very best to live it, I saw that doing so brought me closer to my Heavenly Father and helped me become more like my Savior, Jesus Christ, Through the witness of the Holy Ghost and through my experience in living the gospel, I came to know without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is true. Jesus really did appear to the ancient inhabitants of the Americas, and He taught them His gospel. Joseph Smith really was called as a prophet of God in Modern times by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. There is now, and has been since that time, a living Prophet on the earth. The prophet leads and guides us, and tells us those things that Heavenly Father would have us do today. We never need to feel lost or without purpose in our lives. Heavenly Father has given us so much to help us through. We have the Holy Ghost, the scriptures, and a living prophet today. Jesus Christ not only suffered for our sins, but He also felt our pains and sorrows. He knows us individually, and he has felt our own individual pains and anguish. He knows how to heal us and how to help us. If we will turn to Him and try our very best to follow his guidance, we can be clean, happy and at peace in this chaotic world.

How I live my faith

 In my life as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, neighbor, friend, etc., I do my best each day to put into action those things that I so deeply believe. I try to serve and love those around me as the Savior would do if He were here. I don't always succeed, but I really do try. And each time I try, I get a little better at it! In my ward congregation I teach and help organize and lead the children's organization, called the Primary. I teach the children age 11 and under about the Savior and about our Heavenly Father's plan for them. I help teach them about the importance of keeping the commandments, and about how they can recognize and feel the Spirit in their lives. We have a different theme each year. Our theme this year is "I know the scripture are true", so our lessons are focusing on learning about the scriptures. We meet together as an entire congregation on Sunday for about an hour, then we meet with the children 7 and under for an hour, and then they go to class with their age group while we teach the children 8 and older. It is so much fun to spend time with the wonderful children in our congregation. Even though I am the one that's supposed to be teaching, sometimes I feel like I am the one who is really learning from them.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Mormon Temples are a place where we can learn about Heavenly Father's plan for us, and where we can make sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father--convenants that are necessary for us to return and live with our Heavenly Father again. Temples are sacred houses of God. Once they are built, there is an open house for each temple where anyone may come and tour the temple. They are truly beautiful buildings. But until they are dedicated to Heavenly Father with a special prayer, that is all they are--simply beautiful buildings. After a special dedicatory prayer, the temple becomes a sacred place, one where only qualifying individuals may enter. To qualify to enter the temple, individuals must have been baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and must have a testimony of God the Father, our Savior Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, and modern-day prophets and apostles, among other things. They must also obey certain laws, such as the word of wisdom, the law of chastity, and the law of tithing. The knowledge we recieve in the temple and the ordinances that are performed there are simple, beautiful, and wholsome. The temple is not secret, but sacred. In our church, it is sometimes referred to as "the University of the Lord." It is a place where a man and wife can be sealed to each other and to their children for eternity, never to be divided. It is a place where we can learn about where we came from, where we will go after this life, and what our purpose on this earth truly is. It is a place where we learn what we need to do to return to live with our Father in Heaven. It is a place where we can perform ordinances, by proxy, for those who have passed on from this life, so that all may have the opportunity to accept those ordinances if they choose. It is a beautiful, sacred place. In college, I took a lot of classes in German and in business that required that prerequisite course be taken before enrolling. If I had tried to take an upper-level course without first having done the prerequisites, not only would I have not learned much if anything I was meant to learn in the course, but I would have probably also changed my major and never taken a course in that department again because I would have assumed I would never understand anything in that department. The same can be said of entering the temple. There are certain prerequisites that must be met, not because we want to keep people out, but because the purpose of the temple can only be served if those who enter are prepared for it. We prepare by being baptized and confirmed members of the church, building our faith and testimonies, by living wholesome, pure lives, and by keeping the commandments. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

 Faith used to be a confusing topic for me. I always heard that it was important to increase our faith, but I never really understood what that meant. How do we just "get" more faith? How could I actually make it grow? Once as a young college student, I was reading a talk on faith by one of the leaders of our church. In the talk, they explained that faith was a principle of obedience. They said that the more obedient we were to any one principle, the stronger our faith in that principle would be. I decided to try this out in my own life. For example, as I tried to love my neighbor as myself, and tried to be as obedient to that commandment as I possibly could, I could feel the spirit strongly, and I knew for myself that that principle was true--that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ really did want us to love our neighbors and care for them, and that doing so would not only help them, but also bless our own lives. I have been able to test this method of increasing faith in many areas in my life. In learning about the Savior's atonement, in studying the scriptures, in keeping the Sabbath day holy, in following the counsel of the prophet, etc. In each of these instances, and many more, I found that by first being obedient and trying my best, I then gained the testimony that these principles were true, and that doing these things was really what my Father in Heaven wanted me to do. This is how I developed my faith in Jesus Christ. I decided to try out for myself what would happen if I tried my best to be obedient to His commandments and teachings. As I tried my best, and as I continued to study and ponder His life, I gained that beautiful gift of faith in Him. Show more Show less