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Hi I'm Carol

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Minnesota; have lived in California, Maine, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and am back home in Minnesota. As a teen I planned to marry, raise a family and grow old with my husband enjoying our grandchildren. I was fortunate to be an at home wife and mom until my two daughters were in their early teen years. My marriage ended. At that time I had just completed my B.S. Degree in chemistry and was accepted in a graduate program at the University of Minnesota. It took a while and my oldest daughter was in college when I finished my Master's Degree in engineering, but I made it. Since then I have done things I never dreamed of while growing up. I enjoyed a career in environmental engineer and human safety, traveled extensively in the US. Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe and South Africa. I loved meeting and learning about many different people in their every day world. I think I love Argentina best. I learned that there is great beauty no matter where in the world you are, just look for it. I'm retired now, and keep busy with volunteer activities in the community and at church. Currently I provide free tax preparation services with the IRS AARP/VITA tax program. I also teach a daily scripture class to high school students from my church. Oh, when the weather allows I use a two-wheeled vehicle for transportation, a Honda Big Ruckus motor scooter - 250 cc. I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Methodist faith and regularly attended church and church activities until I was married and moved away. When my first daughter was born I tried church again but just wasn't comfortable there. After a while I realized I felt that God was dead or He just didn't care anymore else why did he stop communicating with us? I had known members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints off and on over quite a few years, some very casually and some as good friends. Two things held me back from seriously learning more about the church. First was a living Prophet who receive revelation from God. God wasn't dead and He does care, but it was a significant change from the things I had been taught as a youth and it was hard to accept. Now it is very comforting. Second was the fact that I was concerned I could not live up to the high standards I saw church members striving to live. Once I realized that I was a “work in progress” and what was needed was a desire to live like the example Christ set and try my best I was ready to learn more. I didn't have strong, burning testimony and desire to join the church, but instead a quiet confirmation that it wasn't the “wrong” thing to do that's just the way I am. Thirty-four years later I have never once regretted my decision to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It is His church, He lives, He leads and directs His church today through His Prophet Thomas S. Monson. I am grateful for this.

How I live my faith

I attend Sunday services. I communicate regularly with my Heavenly Father through prayer. I strive to live according to the example Jesus Christ set for me. Over the years I have held a variety of church callings or jobs. I have worked on an activity committee where we organized the fun stuff. I have been secretary for our women's organization. I played piano not very well to accompany children's singing. I taught children's church classes. I prepared and printed the weekly church bulletin. I managed the church media center library. There's a few more, but these are good examples. As I mentioned, I currently teach a daily scripture class to high school students from my church. We hold an early morning class for fifty minutes each day the students have school, Over the course of four years we study all the scriptures and church history. This is probably one of the most time consuming church jobs, but it has been one of the most rewarding for me. I am really learning about and understanding the scriptures and loving them more all the time. I have also been very impressed with the young people I teach – the commitment and sacrifice they make to add this class and study to already very busy school schedules, the strong testimony and desire they have live the gospel teachings. I also believe that community service is an important part of living my faith. Whenever it has been possible I have volunteered in my community. Some examples are teaching kids cooking and crafts classes, serving on PTAs and district school committees, participating on a committee to build a community center, organizing various fund raising events for non-profit groups, working with animal rescue organizations - I love animals, developing and maintaining web sites for non-profit groups. Currently I manage a local free tax preparation site for the IRS AARP/VITA tax program.