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Hi I'm Carol

I'm a homemaker who cooks, sews, knits, blogs, and loves drama. I'm a showoff at heart. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom of 2 young children in my late 20's. My husband travels for work and is gone anywhere from two weeks to two months at a time. He then gets to stay home for about that much time, as well. When he is home he is not working at all, so we get to do a lot of family things together. When he has internet access while he is away, we enjoy using Skype to keep in touch--we have family prayers, visit with friends, even have virtual dates. We share a house with my sister, her husband, and their 3 young kids. It's quite a house full and a lot of fun. Having two moms around allows us both more time to do things we enjoy--I like to sew, to knit and crochet, to read, and to watch movies. We encourage each other to exercise and eat healthily, which is a never ending pursuit. I have a degree in Elementary Education, but haven't used it since I graduated. I do find the training comes in handy understanding and teaching my own children. I love being a mom, but I also enjoy the breaks when the kids are in bed. My sister has chickens and we enjoy the fresh eggs. I dream of someday having dairy goats. This means I will have to learn to like goat milk. I'm still working on that. I've always loved drama, but have had limited opportunities to pursue it. I get (often disproportionately) excited at any opportunity to be in the limelight. Joining a community theater is also on my list of "someday," along with building a castle and owning a bed and breakfast.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS Church. I never had a doubt that it was true, but I spent a lot of time and mental energy wondering how much I really knew for myself and how much was simply inertia. In reading the scriptures, I found that even those prophets who had been raised by good parents to believe in Jesus Christ had some point of conversion, of finding out for themselves that it was true. I prayed for one of my own. The first Sunday of each month is set aside as a day of fasting in our church, and for more than a year as a teenager I included in my fast prayers to know for myself. After one of these fasts, I read in Alma 5:45-46: "Do ye not suppose that I know of these tings myself? . . . Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true. . . ." I had a little moment of despair at that phrase, "fasted and prayed many days." I thought of Moses, and of Christ, and their 40 day fasts, and lamented how difficult it was for me to fast even 24 hours in a row. Then, like a little ray of light, I suddenly saw very clearly what was not there, but I had been mentally inserting all along--he does not say, "fasted and prayed many days in a row." And I felt that ray of light penetrate my heart and grow until it filled my whole body as I realized that, I, too, had fasted and prayed many days--days that were separated by weeks and months, but many days none the less. I felt a peace and assurance in my heart--no words, just meaning--"It is enough. You know." I have never found myself questioning since then. I do struggle to fully obey all of the commandments, but as I do my best, I feel my conviction, my peace, and my faith increased. Every time I open my mouth to share what I know of Jesus Christ, I find the same light filling my body--I know that He lives. I know that He loves me. I know I am a Child of God.

How I live my faith

Living my faith starts at a very personal level. I try to begin each day with time for quiet private devotion--prayer, reading scriptures, pondering and recording spiritual insights. Try is the operative word. Sometimes I only have a moment or two for a hasty hello to the Lord before my kids or some remembered early commitment pull me out of bed and into the day. I also try to remember to follow the example of our Heavenly Father in parenting my own children--with love and a gentle voice. When I succeed, I know I can feel the Lord's comfort and guidance, even if it doesn't mean perfect order, peace, and obedience in our home. We work together to incorporate Christlike living into our family life--we pray, study the scriptures together, and work on seeing and treating others as Christ would. In between the hitting and the squabbles and the every-thing-is-a-gun-for-killing, our children truly seem to love each other. We worship together with our local congregation ever Sunday, and then I help in the Primary--the Children's Sunday School organization--teaching the 4-year-olds. I love the opportunity to share in their simple faith and excitement in learning the Gospel. I try to be a good neighbor and friend and hope that I can help others feel a little bit of Christ's love through me in the way I treat them. I believe that true discipleship means a desire and willingness to serve others, particularly those in less fortunate circumstances. I have struggled to find opportunities to do this, but recently have found myself put in the path of a family in very difficult circumstances whom I have had the blessing to be able to serve. It has thrown me into surroundings entirely unlike what I have been immersed in my entire life. I am very grateful for this recent expanding of my horizons, and I hope to continue to be able to grow and serve a wider variety of people in many walks of life.