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Hi I'm Carolyn

I was born in Colorado as were my parents and grandparents. I love our beautiful state.

About Me

First of all I am in the over 65 crowd so I have experienced the many vicissitudes of life. I have many wonderful memories. The grade school in my small town actually had a bell that rang and could be heard all over town. The years my husband and I spent in Germany while he was in the army were a delight. I have never been bored a minute in my life. There is so much to learn, so much work in maintaining order at home, so many who need a listening ear and yes, so many challenges in life. I have four children who are all married, homeowners and contributing members of society. Between them they have 15 children who are a joy and a wonder. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in music. I taught school a few years. Fourth grade was my favorite. When children arrived, I taught piano at home, but soon realized the after school hours were when my own children needed me the most. I was very fortunate that while they were in school, I never had to work outside the home. In later years I have worked in the real estate business, the appraisal business, and the mortgage business. But I'm now back to teaching piano and I love it. The one constant throughout my life has been the importance of family. The love that my mother had for her brothers and sisters, my Dad's wit and wisdom, my husband's love and loyalty, the things my children taught me, the faith of my ancestors, have all blessed and enriched my life beyond measure.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Yes, my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were Mormons. You might say I'm of "pioneer stock". But at any point in my life I could have rejected the gospel. I could have complained that there were too many restrictions, too many rules, too limiting. But each commandment I kept blessed and protected me.. no destructive habits like drinking or smoking, no children born out of wedlock, no wondering who I was. I knew I was a child of God and that he had loved me even before I was born. I learned that life is like a Three-Act Play and we are living in Act 2 (earthlife) without remembering Act 1 (premortal life) or knowing about Act Three (the next life). But we have the gospel of Jesus Christ which gives us an overview of the entire play. We know that earthlife is supposed to be a test, designed to try us to see if we will be faithful even in the face of trouble. We have verification, because of the Book of Mormon, that the Bible is true, that Jesus Christ came to earth to rescue us from the sins, sorrow and pain of this world. Knowing the purpose of life, seeing the big picture, has helped me through a multitude of problems. When I had challenges with my children I knew that God loved them and would watch over them. When I had struggles with depression I could not feel His loving arms around me but I KNEW he was aware of me and would bless me. When I lost my parents I knew they were in a better place and we would one day be together again. The gospel of Jesus Christ has taught me that every life has purpose and meaning, every person in the whole world is loved with infinite love. But God will not take away our power to choose between good and evil. That's part of the test! And we all have sinned! But because Jesus Christ died for our sins, all can repent. That's the glorious part! Everyone, even a "wretch like me" can go home to live again in His presence. I dearly love the gospel of Jesus Christ and that's why I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

As a child, I always participated in the children's organization of the church. One crisp, musty fall evening at dusk, I remember walking around the small town where I grew up with my classmates and teacher. We were delivering baskets of food to various homes where people were needy. It created in me a feeling of compassion and an awareness of the needs of others. Since that time there have been many, many opportunities to serve. I have helped people pack for a move, taken food to them, done their wash, driven them to doctor's appointments and cleaned their homes and yards. I have learned that through serving other people, we truly learn to love them. I have been privileged to play the organ for funerals and countless church meetings. I remember one funny experience when I was asked to play for a funeral that was in a chapel at a cemetery. The deceased had requested that "Camptown Races" be played for the postlude. I was happy to oblige but respectfully requested that it be announced that it was her choice and not mine. I have also sung in many choirs including the Colorado Mormon Chorale. Unlike many churches no musicians are ever paid for their services in the Mormon church. But who can dispute the ability of good music to heal people, unify them in their faith, express their gratitude to the Lord and rejoice in his infinite love and power to save. I believe it is also important to serve the country by exercising my right to vote which I have done faithfully. Taking the time to study issues and support the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution is a great service. There is a familiar quote oft expressed in "Mormondom" that, "The most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your own home". So how could I forget to say that I have tried to teach my children responsibility, a good work ethic, honesty, and served them with unwearyingness through the years. And in so doing have contributed to the greater good of society as a whole.