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Hi I'm Carol

I grew up in Utah on a dairy farm and have lived in Idaho, Virginia, Massachusetts and Colorado. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother and grandmother. I love spending time with my family. I enjoy living in Colorado where there is much beauty to be enoyed out of doors. I have 4 books describing the "best" wild flower hikes, when they peak and where they are in Colorado. My husband I have fun and keep in shape enjoying this adventure together and with friends. I also enjoy bicycle riding, gardening, playing the piano and snow skiing. This past year I have become immersed in family history work. It has been very exciting to identify my fifth and sixth great grandparents from Wales and many of their descendents. It's fascinating to read the history of their time and to find their names on ancient records in the 1700 and 1800's. It's also been amazing to see how many records are available on line-- such as their wills, land records and census records.

Why I am a Mormon

In the 1850's all of my great and second great grandparents heard the restored gospel of Jesus Christ preached in England, Wales and Scotland. They knew it was true. They all left their homes, occupations, lands and in some cases family members; they sailed to the United States then crossed the plains in covered wagons and began a new life with others who believed as they did. I never doubted that what they taught me by their example was true, but as a young woman, I needed my own witness that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored and that we are led by a living prophet such as those in the Old and New Testament. I read the Book of Mormon, pondered its teachings and prayed to know if it was true. It was a very enlightening experience for me. I know it's true. I know Jesus Christ directs this work and loves each one of us very much. He gave his life for us. I love him. I believe our greatest joy comes from following him and striving to become more like he is. I know he answeres our prayers.

How I live my faith

My calling in the church is to help others do family history. I serve one morning a week at the family history center and I teach classes on Sundays on how to do research. I also serve in the temple. It's a peaceful, quiet place and I love to be inside and to feel the reverent spirit that is there. Once each month I go with another sister to visit 2 sisters in our ward. Two others are assigned to visit me in my home. This assignment helps us to develop friendships and to love and watch over each other. I know if I need anything I can call on them and they will be there to share my joys or sorrows.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

My 88 year old mother died one week ago. I spoke at her funeral and felt comforted because of the teachings of Jesus Christ that we can be resurrected and live with our families again. Mom knew the Lord loved her and had a plan for her and he would help her through all her difficulties. She had many health challenges, but was able to remain cheerful and upbeat through pain and loss. Her gratitude for and faith in the Savior gave her strength to endure courageously. I believe she is now experiencing a time of great joy and I believe she is now with her deceased husband, parents and other relatives. Our purpose of life is to live worthy to return home to return our heavenly father and to live in his presence. Show more Show less