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Hi I'm Carolyn

I grew up in Southern California. I am a History teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a BA in History and a MA in Secondary Education. I love reading, especially historical fiction. I enjoy going to the movies and watching videos at home, my favorites being Jane Austen and Harry Potter. I am still single, but I love spending time with my family, especially my neices and nephews.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Mormon Church I was not always a strong member of the church. When I was 12 my grandfather, whom I was very close to, died. I began questioning why God would take him away from me if He was really such a loving God. I began to question the things that I had been taught. For 3 years I continued to attend church and do what was expected of me, but I didn't believe it, I was keeping my parents happy. When I was 15 my parents sent me to a church youth program called Especially for Youth. While I was there I had an experience that changed my life and made me realize that I did believe all of the things that I had been taught my whole life. I came home from that experience with a testimony that Jesus is the Savior of all and that He suffered not only for my sins, but also for all of the pain and suffering that I will experience in my life. I know now that the experience of losing my grandfather was given to me in order to help me to learn and grow and that all the trials that we go through in our lives are for our benefit to help us to learn and grow and become more than we can become on our own. While I still sometimes struggle to see why I am going through some of my trials, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church help me to get though my trials and know that I am loved by my Heavenly Father and His Son, that I am as important to them as anyone else in this world no matter the mistakes that I may make or how many times I may turn away.

How I live my faith

I believe one of the best ways to live my faith is to serve those around me both at church and in the community. At church I have served in the children's organization as well as in the women's organization. I vounteer at the church distribution center in my area where we sell items used by members. I have taken part in many projects to help to beautify the community in which I live by planting trees, beautifying parks, painting, etc. Whenever I see a need that I can help with I try and help out regardless of who it is that needs the help. I also volunteer in an organization that helps to educate youth and young adults in Zambia so that they can help to lift their country out of the extreme poverty that they are in.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Carolyn
As Mormons we are not required to serve a mission. It is strongly encouraged, but is not required. As members of the Church we believe that it is our duty to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who have not had the opportunity to hear it and so many of us choose to serve missions in order to do this. There have been many faithful members of the Church who for one reason or another chose not to serve or could not serve a mission, but are still accepted and able to participate in all other aspects of the Church. Show more Show less