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Hi I'm Carrie

I was raised in Arizona and met my husband in Africa. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a Mormon family with many strong traditions and values. One family value I learned was that of serving others. After high school, I travelled to Mozambique, Africa, with a non-profit organization as a service volunteer. Our group taught hygiene and AIDS-prevention classes, visited orphanages, and worked on community building projects. It was during that month-long trip that I became close friends with another one of the volunteers, a college student from Seattle who had joined the Mormon church just a few years earlier. As he shared his conversion story, I was moved by the deep faith that had changed the course of his life, prompting him to serve a full-time mission a year later and to continue on as the only church-member in his family. Months after our trip in Africa and separated from each other by hundreds of miles because of the different universities we were attending, I realized I was deeply in love with the thoughtful, amazing friend I had made. We dated and later married in the temple. I inherited in-laws who, as members of a different Christian religion, have exemplified unparalled support and acceptance. I look back and marvel at how my life changed forever when I had gone to Africa hoping to change other lives for good.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young adult, I had many opportunities to try the power of the principles I had been taught by deeply devoted Mormon parents. Most of my friends in high school held the same standards, but others questioned or ridiculed them. I remember defining lunch-time conversations with one friend imparticular who argued that if I was as committed to my religion as I claimed to be, then I should be able to see an R-rated movie or go on the ski-club's Sunday trip and know that it didn't change my beliefs. When I explained that my religion wasn't just a set of rules that formed a line I couldn't cross, but that it was an outline of a life devoted to becoming everything God wanted me to become by following His teachings to the best of my ability, I knew I was speaking from personal testimony and no longer relying on my parents' feelings. And that personal testimony has grown steadily as I've worked to be true to my convictions, in thought and in action. Though my challenges are harder now than they were as a teen, my trust is now greater in a Heavenly Father who loves me and leads me through. I have found in becoming a wife and a mother that His guidance is critical to my happiness and my feelings of success. I read God's handbook of instructions on life -- my scriptures -- daily and apply to the best of my ability the truths I discover. I pray for strength and help when I am weak, and I find it. I pray with thanks for all He gives me, and I mean it. I am a Mormon because I believe with all of my heart that I have a Heavenly Father who cares about my life and is willing to bless it to the extent that I turn to Him.

How I live my faith

I am grateful that I can show my gratitude to God for my faith by living it. A big part of that is doing the best I can in filling roles in my life that will shape me and stretch me and bring heavenly happiness. Foremost are my roles as a wife and a mother. There is a different kind of fulfillment that comes from trying to be the wife I think God would like me to be, or the kind of mother I know He would want tending to His precious children. It's a daily challenge with really wonderful rewards. There are other ways I strive to live my faith. Together with my husband, I try to create a welcoming home. I build friendships with others in and out of my congregation with the intent to serve and lift where I can. I see my musical talents as a gift from a Giver interested in how they can better the world around me, so I am glad to play the organ or piano or violin wherever I'm asked. And I accept other church assignments -- such as planning evening women's activities and service projects -- knowing that even when it's a juggle to pull them off with the other responsibilities in my life, the juggling act itself expresses my thanks for the faith that I prize.