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Hi I'm Carol

I grew up in Southern California; then married a career Navy submariner. We have 8 children; 16 grand & 1 great.I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read, especially biographies and memoirs, I enjoy quilting and other forms of needlework. Cooking delicious and nutritous family meals and special treats brings me great satisfaction and many compliments. I have learned to use my creative talents to provide beautiful but inexpensive home decor. I write well and I am currently working on fictionalized stories of my female ancestors based on the information I have been able to research about them as I have gathered data needed to perform temple ordinances for them. I travel often to visit with my 8 children and 16 grandchildren who are scattered across the US from coast to coast. I have recently spent much of my time caring for my husband who has Parkinson's disease and a serious heart condition and my adult son who was severely injured when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle.

Why I am a Mormon

My roots in the Mormon Church are deep. Ancestors in my mother's family were early members of the Church and crossed the American plains with the Mormon pioneers to settle in the Utah Valley. My pioneer heritage has been a blessing to me and has strengthened me and sustained me throughout my life. My father was a convert to the Church and was not baptized until I was married and had 2 children. My mother tried to keep her children active in the Church, but in my childhood my father limited my participation to some extent. I loved visiting my grandmother where I was able to attend all of the Church meetings and I especially loved going to Sacrament Meeting with her and my grandfather. When I was 16 years old my father said that I could attend Sacrament Meeting in my own ward as long as I could get myself there. I remember walking to the church (several miles away) alone and with tears of gratitude streaming down my face as I was overcome by the Spirit; knowing that I was doing what Heavenly Father wanted me to do and what I had longed to do for many years. When I met my husband I was determined to establish a family that would be taught the gospel and encouraged to live in accordance with the commandments of our Father in Heaven. It has not always been easy to put into practice all that I know and to follow the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, but I know that Joseph Smith is the prophet of the restoration and that by following the teachings of the gospel as they are contained in the scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price) we will obtain great joy in this life and eternal life with our families in the Kingdom of God our Eternal Father and His son, Jesus Christ. I only pray that I will live my life in such a way that I will be worthy to access the blessings of the great atoneing sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I love the opportunities for service that are an integral part of my activities in the Church and our community. I have had the opportunity to teach young people of all ages and to visit with and teach many members and non-members of the Church. I spend many hours, especially now that my children are grown and I am retired, researching our family history; this brings me intense feelings of a bond between myself and those who have gone before and provided me with the opportunity to live in this free land and participate in the activities and ordinances of the Church. I have been called upon to share my talents by planning Christmas celebrations, dinners, humanitarian service projects and a community wide celebration of our country's bi-centennial. Family gatherings and special occassions are all the sweeter when we share the opportunity to pray together; blessing babies, celebrating baptisims, asking for a blessing on the sick or those in need of strengthening or comfort. Serving each other by taking meals to the sick or needy and receiving service from our brothers and sisters in the gospel are all blessings we enjoy on a regular basis. Making baby blankets for babies in Haiti; preparing hygiene kits for the victims of the hurricane in New Orleans and the Tsunami in Indonesia and quilts and stuffed animals for local Children's hospitals help me remember how many blessings I enjoy and how our Savior brought relief to those he encountered during his mortal ministry. Working in the cannery provides food for those in need and food to store for emergencies that we might encounter in our own home or community.