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Hi I'm Carol

I'm a first generation Mormon. I'm a wife, mother of boys, and a doctor's assistant.

About Me

I was raised on a farm in Illinois, was taught to work hard, serve my neighbors and friends, and be optomistic and hopeful with each day. I was taught to appreciate simple pleasures of home-grown food, the natural beauty of the country, and to love, welcome and accept others and their beliefs. After I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I convinced my parents to let me attend college in Utah at Brigham Young University. I had never seen this college or the state before. We had a family "vacation" taking me to college my Freshman year. It was quite a contrast to my home land and to all that was familar but I learned to love it! After college I married my best friend from Illinois and we settled in Colorado. I continued to actively participate in the church. About three years later my husband also became a member. So we are both first generation Mormons. After 12 years of marriage we were finally able to have children and we have three wonderful sons! When my oldest turned 5, I became a full-time homemaker and mother. It was quite an adjustment but I grew to love this role more than anything I've ever done. Raising children in the church is a blessing but was personally scary to me since my husband and I were both converts. It's interesting to watch them grow spiritually and become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now with the boys being older, I juggle family, church and work.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always had a belief in God and his love for me. I was raised as a Methodist and most of my friends were either Catholic or Lutheran. I couldn't understand why we all believed in God but had different ways of worshipping. I asked questions to the ministers and pastors but was never satisified with their answers. When I was a teenager, the Osmonds were popular and I found out they were Mormon. I was curious about this religion. After a series of "coincidences" I was able to borrow a Book of Mormon. I began reading it, wondering if this book was scripture like the Bible. One quiet morning I was reading from it in my room and without even asking, a feeling of truth, an answer to my unspoken question was given to me. I knew this book was scripture! Later I found a church building and was introduced to the missionaries. They began teaching me at my house in the country. My parents listened, too, to make sure this wasn't some sort of "cult". I kept asking questions and the missionaries always had an answer that satisified me. I was baptised shortly before I turned 16. Some of my family came to watch. They have been supportive of me and my decision to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's now over 35 years later and I'm still learning, asking questions, and reading from the Book of Mormon. I have had many spiritual experiences. I have come to know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer and that His Church is fully operational on the earth. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet and that we have a living prophet today. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and it is a companion to the Bible. I know that Heavenly Father loves me and all His children and that He wants to bless us and that He will bless us as we keep His commandments.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by raising my children in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We go to church and serve in the church every Sunday and throughout the week. I have served in my congregration in many capacities with the small children, the youth, and our women's group. Right now I teach others how to begin gathering, creating, and building family history and genealogy. I'm trying to be more courageous in inviting others to church events. I've been able to do this alot more over the past two years and it's alot of fun! I juggle my family and faith with full-time work. Each day I try to conduct myself as a representative of Jesus Christ by my outward actions. I dress modestly, don't swear, work hard to "earn my keep" as an employee, and try to share encouraging words of hope and optimism with my co-workers and customers. Sometimes I mess up and I try to show others how I take responsibility for my actions by asking for forgiveness and starting again to be a better child of God.