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Hi I'm Cary

I teach music in public schools. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a teacher for 30 years and still enjoy being in the classroom and seing the joy of learning in the eyes of my students. My career as a music educator started when I started teaching piano lessons in 9th grade, and I love bringing out the talents of children and youth and see them shine on stage. Probably my favorite activity is accompanying people on the piano and being there to support and encourage them- to be there for them. I enjoy the outdoors, as long as it is not too hot, and especially enjoy fishing with my brother. Being out in the woods among the pine trees is refreshing to me and a great joy. Walking on trails through the woods in the northwest is a favorite activity, and if there is a lake nearby it is all the better. I also enjoy doing Family History- reading about my ancestors and doing research, although my expertise is quite limited. Thanks to my wife and one of my brothers, there is much for me to 'tag along' and enjoy being a part of it all. We have five children and 4 grandchildren, and love spedning time with them when we can. Most of them are not living close to us right now, as they are in school and starting careers of their own. We truly enjoy the times we can spend with each other.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in high school our seminary teacher challenged out class members to read the New testament, and then made a contest out of it. He promised a special book to the first person who finished reading the New testment. I read more fervently than I had ever read before, and although my friend finshed about a week earlier than I did and won the onctest, I felt something I had never felt before about Jesus Christ. As I read His words I felt I came to know Him as my personal Savior. It was a life changing experience for me, and I knew that I wanted to continue in the faith that I had been taught all my life. I have stayed true to that faith ever since, and have tried to serve and help others and do what I can with the abilities and talents that I have. As I have tired to be a faithful member of His church, I have come to know without question that Jesus Christ lives, that He loves me, and that His way is the way I want to live my life. I have come to know that God loves me and knows me and He is interested in my life and what I do and who I become. He is real and can be an important part of our lives if we invite Him in.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to work with the youth in our church, and have enjoyed so much the time I spend with them. I currently serve with 3 other men and we work with the outh grousp and leaders of them in the 8 congregations in our area. We travel to each congregation and help with ideas and training to help youth learn for themselves that Jesus Christ can be part of their lives. We also help organize a monthly activity for the youth ages 12-18 in our area to attend where they can meet and enjoy other youth fomr our church. We do dances, servcie projects, and other activities which the youth enjoy. Often I try to include some music events becasue I feel good music brings the spirit of the Lord into our lives and helps us feel close to God. I also direct an annual musical theater production with the university students in our area each summer. This is such a joy- to work with them and feel of their enthusiasm for life and their love for God and Jesus Christ. And then to help them use their talents to share that love with others through our production- and help them feel what we feel. It is a highlight of each summer to meet new students and hear their beautiful voices and share in creating a spiritual experience for them and for those who come to the performances. I also try to participate in local community activities and service opportunities. It is so important to be involved in building your own community and to rub shoulders with good people of all faiths.