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Hi I'm Carolee

My grandkids call me Grammie. I floss, wear sunscreen and I don't know how to send a text. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just love this beautiful earth which was created for us! Colorado has been our home for the last 23 years. If I can be hiking in the mountains, or walking the open space trails in our neighborhood foothills, I'm happy. Getting my hands in the dirt and gardening also brings me joy. I just wish the deer wouldn't eat my flowers! These empty nest years are filled with good friends, good reading, half a dozen simultaneous games of Words with Friends on my I touch, and lots of phone calls, web cams, and visits to family. My husband and I just celebrated 35 happy years together - quite an amazing milestone in this day and age! We have four incredible children plus their awesome spouses and 7 practically perfect grandchildren. They are the light and joy of our life!

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised in the church, the teachings, life style, and doctrines of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ have always made sense to me. I saw the joy and peace it brought to my parents as they lived lives of quiet service and charity. The church standards kept me out of trouble during my teen years. But, of course the time came when I had to know for myself. The beginning of my faith was deciding to believe. To this conscious effort and desire, I added the actions of faith: praying, going to church, studying the scriptures, doing good to others, keeping the commandments. Day by day, and year by year the sweet assurance that it is true continues to come to my heart and mind. My Mormon faith is my lodestar in this troubled world. It gives me direction, meaning, and purpose. I feel comfort and peace knowing that my Heavenly Father knows me individually, has a plan for me, and wants me to be happy. I love to read the scriptures; they are like a dear friend who always welcomes me with some new treasure. I feel in my heart and know in my mind that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer, that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Him, that we have a living prophet on the earth today, and that the family unit can be eternal.

How I live my faith

Whether it is strengthening my marriage and family, being a good neighbor, helping in the nursery at church, or volunteering at our high school, I'm just trying to be more Christ-like, step by step. It 's the seemingly inconsequential, little things that we do each day, year to year that make a difference in life. All those things add up and often I can see results that make it all worth it. People are more important than things and I just love how we are all here to support and help each other; comforting each other through hard times and rejoicing together during the good times. Having the bigger picture helps me avoid the culture of materialism and self-interest. My sphere of influence seems small at times, but if I can help even just one person, I've made a difference. I volunteer weekly in our church's local Family History Center, helping members and nonmembers research their genealogy. I also help coordinate and record the monthly visits we women in the church make to each other, which is how we look out for one another.