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Hi I'm Caren

I am a mother of 5 boys. I recently graduated from college with a teaching degree. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married 24 years and had 5 boys in 6 years. Now the boys are ages 21 down to 15. The oldest is a return missionary and is off to college, the second is on a mission in Nicaragua, the third boy just graduated from high school and two are still in High School. I am chairman of the board for our local library and have been a board member for 4 years. I recently graduated from college with a bachelor degree for elementary education. I never dreamed I would be a teacher but followed the prophets council and got an education. I am not a teacher currently as I want to be with my boys while they are still home. I am prepared though if need be. I have a laser engraving business and love designing and creating new things. We have a small farm with some acreage and a few cows. It is important for my boys to have things to do and to learn how to work.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I always have been. Sometimes this gave me an excuse to be a slacker by leaning in my parents testimony instead of my own. But I did gain a testimony for which I am thankful. I remember when I gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I was about 16 years old and was reading the Book of Mormon for seminary. It was late at night and I had just finished the book. Then I did as our seminary teacher counseled us to do and that was to pray about it to find out for ourselves if it was true. So I prayed to know if it was true. While I was praying I had the warmest feeling come over me and then such an excitement! I wanted to jump up and tell the whole world. I will always remember that feeling. Even with that feeling and excitement though I have a hard time sharing the gospel so I am grateful for this opportunity to share my testimony. I know our Heavenly Father loves us. Long ago when I was a teenager I was having a bad time of it. I was discouraged and very down. I fell asleep and had a dream about Jesus. He was sitting in a room full of people and the people were visiting with each other and with Christ. Then I walked into the room. I was a bit taken back and a little frightened then Jesus looked up and saw me. Immediately the talking ceased and the crowd separated and I could see that Jesus was holding out his hand to me. The people around him didn't scorn me for interrupting but had welcoming looks on their faces. Jesus with his arm out stretched had the look of love in his eyes and beckoned me to come unto him. Oh such powerful love I felt! I know for a fact that Jesus and Heavenly Father love us unconditionally and I pray that I too can be Christ like and loving to all I see and meet.

How I live my faith

The prophets have told us to get involved in our communities and so I decided to run for the local library board. I have been on it for several years now and appreciate the opportunity to mingle with people of the community. In the church I have worked in almost every organization that I can on the ward level. I have participated with the young children from being a teach to a leader. I have worked with the young women ages 12 to 18 a couple of times and am currently working with these wonderful young women. I have worked with the older women ages 18 and up just recently as I was the secretary. There is so much to learn from all these different age groups and I so appreciate their patience with me. The most important way I live my faith though is through my example. Both to my family and those around me. I don't dress immodestly or drink or eat things I shouldn't. And you can depend on me to be at church. When the kids were young and noisy I often wondered if it was worth it to go as I got very little out of it. But one Sunday when my second son was about 12 and my youngest about 7 the youngest was complaining about going to church. my second son turned to him and said, "it doesn't work, I already tried it. Just go." That spoke to my heart and told me I was doing the right thing. Another time I was asking my teenage son if he drank a certain drink while he was at work. He asked me why and I said because everyone else does so I just wondered if you did. He said he didn't. Then he added that since I don't drink it he doesn't either. That made me realize how much our kids are watching everything we do and we have to be so careful.