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Hi I'm Carly

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah. I joined the Army at 17. I am a Montessori Teacher, College Graduate, and battle with infertility

About Me

I am the oldest of five children. I was always taught to be a good example for my siblings. I was on the swimming and water polo teams in high school. I was always taught that service was extremely important, and love for my country and the wonderful opportunities we have here. Because of this, when I was 17 I graduated from High School and joined the Army. I also served as a missionary for the church when I was 21. I was very in love with a young man, and doing really well in school. It was very hard for me to leave but I knew that it was right for me to go. I am happy that I was able to serve people all over upstate New York and teach them the gospel for a year and a half. I graduated from college, became an officer in the Army and I was Married for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple when I was 24. We have tried for years to have children but have been unsuccessful, we are hoping to adopt, or become foster parents. We bought a little old house in northern Utah. I currently work as a Montessori Teacher in a Head Start Preschool for adorable children who teach me every day. Most of these children come from the humblest of circumstances, yet they find joy everywhere they go. I also serve at church teaching children. I am also in school again to become an Elementary School Teacher. I figure if I cannot be a mother for now, I can at least be a teacher and guide for these amazing young people who will be the future of our country and world.

Why I am a Mormon

I am the type of person that questions everything. I think I frustrate people frequently. If I am given a rule, but not a logical explanation of why I should follow it I usually try halfheartedly and eventually break that rule. This got me into a lot of trouble in basic training. Finally one of my Drill Sergeants realized that giving me pushups was not stopping the questions so he told me "Private ... go home and become an officer if you really want to know why." So I did. Saying that, I grew up in the church, but that is not the reason I am a member of it! The church and its teachings are clear and truthful. The more I followed them, the more I saw the benefits and blessings, but that was still not enough for me. I really needed to know for myself if it was true. I had been taught that if I studied and prayed about the church that God would let me know in my heart if it was the truth. I never really tried that hard, but, when I was 15 one of my best friends died in a car accident and it changed my life. I needed to know if my beliefs were true! I needed to know what happened after death. I needed to know if Sarah was gone forever! For the first time in my life, I stopped asking everyone else and I started finding out for myself. I read the Book of Mormon, I studied the words of the prophets, and then I spent many hours pondering about these things. I had faith that if I did my part to seek the truth, my Father in Heaven would bless me to know if I had found it. Only after all this I knelt at my bedside and fervently prayed to know. I waited for the answer directly after the prayer for a long while. God had waited for 15 years for me to ask, and I knew that I needed to be patient as well. Finally I went to sleep. That night In the middle of the night I woke up out of a dead sleep ( I am a heavy sleeper this does not happen often), I was wide awake! I felt a warmth and peace like I had never felt and I knew that it was an answer to my prayer!

How I live my faith

I love the church. I love the benefits and blessings it brings into my life. I was never taught to follow blindly. I was always taught to ask and to question. I was never taught to disrespect others beliefs. I attended many different religious services of different faiths. I was never discouraged from this. I love learning about what other people believe, it helps me to understand better what I believe and why. I now attend church every Sunday at 9 am. I love going to the first meeting where we take the Sacrament and remember all that Christ has done for us and commit to follow him. In this meeting, a few different members of the congregation are asked to speak on a different subject every week. Last week we learned about serving others. The leaders and members of the church are not paid. We give of our time and service freely. I prepare lessons and teach a class every Sunday. One amazing thing about the church is that if you attend church in Africa, or in the U.S., or somewhere in India, it doesn't matter the same things are taught. The lessons may be a week or two behind or in a different language but frequently I call my mother and talk to her about what she learned about in church and I have learned the same thing, even when I have lived on the other side of the country! The leaders in the church put in so much time, my dad was in a leadership position, and he was always being called by a member of the congregation that needed help and he would run out to go help them. He worked full time as an electrical engineer and even if he worked all day and had just gotten home and was sitting down to eat dinner, he was always on call! Because of this you really develop a love for the people you serve, like they are your family. I always have someone I can call for help even if I am far away from home. It is like having family all over the world. The church is amazing I am happy to serve and I am so blessed because of it!

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Temples are not secret, they are sacred. Just as you would not wear a prom dress to a football game, there is a time and a place for certain things. At the temple we make promises and are blessed with things, like being married for all time and for all eternity, not just until death. Before a temple is dedicated everyone may go inside. After a prayer of dedication is given the temple is clean, sacred and holy. Only those who are prepared and pure may enter. You have to be clean and worthy to go to the temple. In order to go into the temple, we are baptized and we live the commandments and even then, we take classes and prepare spiritually to be ready to understand how important the promises we make will be. Just as we would not ask a child to join the military for the rest of their life because they would not understand the seriousness and consequences of that promise and commitment. Our Father in Heaven would not ask us to make commitments that we don't understand or have the ability to fulfill. We prepare carefully to attend the temple, and make sure that we are clean and understand why we are there. The temple is a place of beauty and peace. There is a quiet calmness inside, and a sacred reverence and respect that can be felt. Those who go inside are ready to give that respect and reverence to this holy place our Father in Heaven has blessed us with. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

We lived before we came to this Earth and we live again after we leave. Death is just a part of the plan of our Heavenly Father. Everyone's physical body dies, but your spirit does not. We continue to learn and progress and we can be with loved ones who have passed on. One day we will all be resurrected because of our Savior Jesus Christ, and because of him we may live eternally with our Father in Heaven and our Loved ones. This was so important to me when my friend Sarah died, but I have known many who have died since then and I know this to be true. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

My brother leaves next week on a mission. He is 19 years old. He has 3 years of college completed and it would be so easy for him to just stay home and finish his bachelor's degree. That is not what he has chosen to do! He is going to leave for 2 years. We only get to call him on Mother's Day and Christmas. He can email us one day every week and we can write letters. He saved his money for the last few years so that he could be prepared for a mission. He spent at least a thousand dollars buying all the professional clothing and luggage and supplies he would need for his mission. That was all his own money that he earned while working at Papa Murphy's Pizza. He worked there at the same time he was attending High School and Taking College Classes. He had to drop out of Lacrosse and Football because he just didn't have time. He spent the last few weeks before leaving spending time with his friends and family, and making visual aids for teaching. He spent the last few years especially preparing for a mission, he took many classes and read tons of books. All this while attending High School and College. Now he is leaving and he didn't have enough in his savings to pay for his mission. If that is the case then family and other members of the church can help pay for your mission. It costs about 400-500 dollars a month. My mom who has been a full time Mom for 30 years just got a job as a Bus driver to help pay for his mission. It is hard but definitely worth it! Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

One of the most amazing things I have ever been able to tell people is "THERE IS A PROPHET ON THE EARTH TODAY!" He receives revelation and gives us direction from our Father in Heaven just as the prophets throughout time have done. The prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. You can watch him speak or read his words at LDS.org. He speaks to the whole world at least twice a year in a broadcast we call General Conference. The Apostles also speak! How amazing a Prophet and Apostles alive today! Show more Show less