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Hi I'm Cara

I grew up on a cattle ranch. I have been married for 25 years to a chiropractor. I love to cook spicy organic food. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the 60's, and my inner flower child has never left me. I love doing artwork, cooking many different kinds of ethnic food ( yes, it's organic) and I relish all kinds of learning. I work in my husband's office. He is a chiropractor and also uses acupuncture and other forms of energy medicine. The science of alternative health care is fascinating. We have two children that are now at the dawn of their own adult lives. We also have my father with us. I did not grow up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents and extended family are not members. My father's family mainly came from the city, some of them Jewish, some Catholic. My mother's family had a cattle ranch and some Native American ancestry. Consequently, I relate to many different cultures and styles. I love the variety of humanity!

Why I am a Mormon

As a struggling teen, I was searching for answers and visited many different churches. Missionaries periodically showed up at my door. They would teach me for awhile, then disappear for a bit, and a new set would show up some months later. I think I went through about four sets of them. Then, just before I was to graduate high school, the Elders said they felt it was time for me to be baptized. When they left, I thought, "No way! I can't be Mormon!" It was far too different from my life. I didn't fit in, and I didn't want to. Why should I change my life? It would be too hard. I wanted the easy, irresponsible road everyone else seemed so happy with. I made up my mind that I would stand up for myself and send them away when they returned. They came back, and I was ready for them, adamant! I told them I would not be baptized and they should go away. The kind Elder looked at me sadly and said gently, "Okay, I just want you to know that everything we have told you is true." An amazing experience began at that moment. I could feel a peace and joy descend on me. I felt a tingling feeling in my breast. I had to sit in the chair. The Elder explained that it was the Holy Ghost bearing witness that they had told me the truth. They said that when they left, the Spirit would leave, and my doubts and fears might return, but I must remember what I had experienced. I have never forgotten. I was baptized. No matter how anyone mocked me or whatever proofs they might offer to disagree with my choice of religion, I had a sure experience that is beyond anything I can describe. I know it was a precious gift from my Heavenly Father. It is a sure knowledge for which I am eternally grateful.

How I live my faith

There are always lots of challenges, in and out of church, and opportunities that invite me to learn about those around me. As I pray, I am sometimes guided about what they need and ways that I can help. I learn about myself in the process, both my strengths and my weaknesses. The Lord loves everyone, and I want to learn to do the same. It has taken me some time to see that people who are most difficult on the outside are usually the most wounded on the inside. I don't want to just "go through the motions" of my faith, going to church, fulfilling my duties, etc. I want to understand how the principles can come alive in my everyday moments. The sacrament is a very special time for me to review my week. I take my mistakes and weaknesses to my Heavenly Father and ask for forgiveness. I spend time thinking about the Savior and what He has done for me. I want to learn to use the power of the Atonement in my life, to help me overcome all of those prideful tendencies that I can't begin to deal with on my own. It is a lifelong process. Going to the Temple is another unspeakable blessing and opportunity for growth and service. Making and keeping sacred covenants is at the heart of being a Latter-day Saint. As I promise to live the commandments as best I can, it opens the door for inspiration and help with my everyday difficulties. I know that the Lord understands each of us, and stands at the door and knocks, waiting for our invitation to walk with us. I experience this closeness. I could not get through each day without it.