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Hi I'm Carrie

I grew up in Oregon. I have a degree in business, but am focusing on being a mother right now. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 40 year old mother of 4 plus. The plus are my stepchildren. It is a challenge. I married a divorced man with three children, we had two children, and after eleven years of marriage (six of those years fighting renal cancer) he died of cancer and I was left a young widow with two children to take care of. Two years later I met a wonderful man who was divorced with two children and we were married. We then had two children of our own. I have a degree in business, and plan on using it soon. My oldest has just left for the Air Force- he will graduate basic training this summer and my youngest will be in school full time as a first grader next fall. We only have three of our six children at home now and I would like to work at least part time once school starts. I'm excited about this new phase of my life. No matter what the difficulties that a blended family brings we still laughed, played, enjoyed vacations, cried, and talked about our day over dinner. One of my favorite sayings is "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." I really believe that, this life is challenging. Bad things happen, things are difficult, but that doesn't mean you can't be happy. It doesn't mean you can't have peace in your life. It doesn't mean you can't love your life. I love mine!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon, but it wasn't until I was 15 years old that I started to question my beliefs and if they were MY beliefs or just the beliefs of my parents. I remember I was at church and we were having a youth testimony meeting with all the boys and girls. As I listened to others tell of their belief in the church and it's different teachings I felt a great warmth spread throughout my chest that soon became a burning. I started to cry and I felt an unmistakable feeling that this is where I was suppose to be. I knew that I believed the church was true and I promised in my heart at that time that I would live my life trying to follow Jesus Christ. I was very shy, but I could not help standing and telling everyone that I too believed that the church was true and I was not embarrassed or hesitant to do so. Since then I have been tested several times. I had two miscarriages, difficult pregnancies, I lost my first husband to cancer, I remarried and had to deal with all the problems of a blended family. I still have problems, things are not perfect, but I know that my Heavenly Father loves me. I have literally felt him beside me when I was feeling very alone. This life is not perfect, we are here to prove ourselves, that we will be obedient to the commandments he has given us. If I sailed through this life with no problems I wouldn't grow. I wouldn't learn. What would be the point? We are challenged by a loving Father that wants to help us get out of our comfort zones. He wants us to stretch and be ready to take on the next challenges and then help others on their way back to him.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by going to church everyweek and helping in anyway that I can. I've had a lot of opportunities to serve with the children, youth and adults in all capacities. I have worked with the scouts, I have watched young children while their parents are in class, I have taught classes of all ages, I have led and participated in choirs, I have taken leadership positions. Outside of church I volunteer in my children's school where I have helped be a personal tutor to slow readers, helped supervise an advanced math class so some children can work ahead, been class mother (parties!) to many classes, been an art parent with my husband going into school and teaching art once a week. I love working with children and I love music and I get to do both when I volunteer at the local library to teach a movement and music class. No matter how bad a day I have, when I see their faces light up when I start the music and bring out the instruments it all changes. I am smiling and laughing and singing right along with them!

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I really do. It makes sense to me. I believe in the bible and God has had prophets in the past to help people, to lead them and keep his church together. He used ancient prophets to warn the world of trouble coming, to let people know when they were living the wrong way and to help teach them in what way God wants them to live. We need that now and we are willing to listen so why would God not send us prophets? Show more Show less