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Hi I'm Carla

I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am 31, just celebrated my first anniversary with my husband. When we got married, I traded in small business ownership (I sold nuts) for full-time motherhood. Our first child, a beautiful and pleasant daughter, was born nine months after our wedding! The biggest surprise of my life is how much I love to be at home with her all day. As a family, we enjoy going for walks and bike rides around our beautiful coastal city, and the occasional backpacking or ski trip to the mountains. Alone, I love to read, write, and chat with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon Church, and baptized at 8 years old. Reasons I'm still Mormon include the following. First, I love the doctrine. Every religion must answer big questions like "Who am ? Where did I come from? What am I doing here?" Doctrine of the Mormon Church, as restored by Joseph Smith and prophets of former dispensations Moses, Noah, Adam, Abraham, etc. perfectly answers those questions. I am a child of God, with the potential to become like Him. I came from the presence of my Father in Heaven, where He loved me and taught me the truth, and prepared me for Earth Life. What I am doing here is having a mortal experience, and just by getting a physical body, I became more like him. How can I be trusted to one day have God-like knowledge and power if I can't be trusted with such? So, Heavenly Father gives me commandments, and sends me to a world of opposition to see if I'll keep His commandments. Second, I am a Mormon because I love the standards. I want to be a good person full of love, happiness and the strength to do the right thing. This is not always easy. The Mormon Church offers me a community and way of life that supports these goals. Finally, I am a Mormon because it strengthens my link to God. After being baptized in the Mormon Church, you are given the Gift of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is my link to God. As I keep the commandments, the Holy Ghost is my constant companion, and I receive revelation from God, which gives me guidance and direction, and I feel peace and happiness. When I mess up, I have access to the Atonement of Jesus Christ, his forgiveness and healing power. As I repent, my strong link to God is restored.

How I live my faith

The first great commandment is to love God. The second is to love your neighbor as yourself. So, love God, love yourself, and love your neighbor. These are the primary ways I try to live my faith. The Mormon Church supports me in all of these. At church, I have the opportunity to strengthen my spirituality, and to serve others. I have served in many ways as a teacher, an event planner, a music conductor, a speaker in Sacrament Meeting, and many other roles. I also am reminded at church to keep my committments to myself of daily scripture study, prayer, and meditation. And, each week I am able to partake of the Sacrament, helps me review my performance the previous week, cleanses me, and provides the opportunity to re-commit for the coming week.