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Hi I'm Carol

I work as a counselor. I've raised 10 kids. I've lived in the Caribbean, in Asia and Europe. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in a lot of different places. I was born in LA, grew up in Colorado, went to college in Utah and Washington, DC and Paris, France, served a mission in Taiwan (I speak Mandarin Chinese), and lived as a military wife in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. I love languages and people. I studied French in school, and always wanted to live in Europe, so after my first year of college I went off to France for six months to study and travel. Meanwhile, I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by some friends in high school. I learned about family history work, and while I was travelling I was able to visit distant relatives in Finland, and obtained a lot of information about my Finnish relatives (my great-grandparents immigrated to the US in the early 1900s). I have since done a lot of research and have interested my sister in the work. I returned home, beginning my studies in Mandarin Chinese after my roommate from Hong Kong got me interested in the Chinese language. After graduating college I was called on a Welfare Services/Proselyting mission to Taiwan. I have since obtained a masters in social work degree, and now work as an individual and marriage therapist in Gilbert, Arizona. I love my work, and love helping people be stronger and happier in their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the church by some high school friends. I started attending my senior year of high school, and even went to "early morning seminary classes" where we studied the scriptures before school. I had stopped going to my family's church , and another that other friends had invited me to. But my mother had taught me to believe in God, to pay a full and honest tithe, and I still wanted to be close to God. My parents had divorced early -- right around the time I was born. I never had a father around -- only my grandpa nearby, whom I loved and admired. I think I saw God as my Father as a way -- I spoke to Him daily, memorized scriptures as a youth, and tried to do what was right. The first time I went to the LDS church, I was surprised watching my high school friends bless the sacrament. That was so different from what the other kids at school were doing. It really impressed me. My mother and my grandfather taught me to love truth -- wherever I found it, and to appreciate differences. I felt a great spirit in that first meeting that day. I listened to talks about God and good principles--no persuasive speeches or sermons, merely simple declarations of truth. I felt the spirit of truth. I began to study about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith's story. Sort of a crazy story, and yet not really any crazier than those in the Bible -- just newer. I prayed and felt a good feeling. I have an inquiring mind, so I tested those feelings, in fact, as my mother changed from being supportive at first to less so, I have to say I doubted my feelings. I was her "baby," and I respected her greatly as my spiritual guide. My mom is a true Christian and committed to Christ. But I also knew what I felt could not be denied. That was 30 years ago. I have served a mission, married in the temple, worked for the church as a social work practitioner, served the women, the teens and the children, and am raising my family. Best decision I have EVER made.

How I live my faith

Right now I am working as a therapist, helping others deal with depression, anxiety, addictions, and other individual and family problems. I love my work and am grateful for my knowledge of the principles of the gospel that can help people resolve their problems and gain greater happiness. At church right now I serve in the children's organization as a leader. It is a big responsibility, as we have almost 150 children, and we need to organize classes and teach them principles - this year we are helping them strengthen their testimonies of the scriptures as the word of God. I also help to organize the Cub Scout and 11 year old Boy Scout programs, as well as an after school organization for the 8-11 year old girls that is similar to Girl Scouts. I participate in a regular meeting of our local leaders where men and women in leadership counsel together as how best to strengthen the members of our church and great community. It is a marvelous organization. My favorite part of church is serving as a visiting teacher. This is a call to serve three sisters in my "ward" or congregation, going to their homes with another woman monthly, sharing testimony and ideas for strengthening them spiritually and emotionally. I truly believe this plan (everyone has these visitors assigned in the whole church) is truly a manifestation of the truthfulness of the gospel. I know if the Savior were here he would be visiting in our homes, ministering one by one. I know that it is His way of loving -- hand to hand, heart to heart. It is the way of Christ. I have learned to be patient as we all serve together. We make mistakes. We "drop balls" so to speak and aren't perfect in doing His work. That is an integral part of becoming like Him, though, learning to try, to succeed AND to fail, and to learn how to keep working at it. Being in this church pushes you to be your best self, but also to be patient with yourself and others as you strive to do so. I love it.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Carol
I wondered about this before I went to the temple for the first time. What was going on in there? I worried it would be something awful -- even that they might be fooling me and then trap me with something awful once I got in. I had some fears, which my friends tried to allay. I prepared myself for going to the temple by praying, reading the scriptures and learning about the temple. I learned that it was about making covenants - two way promises with God. It was about sacred, not secret. I didn't really understand that concept then, but I think I do now. The world doesn't have too much sacred left in it -- things that are held precious and guarded to keep safe. Holy. Still. Quiet. Reverent. Peaceful. The temple is all that. So we hold what we do there between us and God. We don't discuss it so that it stays pure. That it isn't intellectualized, rationalized, gossiped about or cheapened. The world does that with lots of things - intimacy between a man and a woman, the family, etc. Our relationship with God is kept sacred in the temple, and it is good. The world would be blessed if more people did that with the sacred things in their own lives. Show more Show less