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Hi I'm Carolyn

I'm a program manager who develops technical training. I'm bold, grateful, opinionated, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a home where family was valued. We were poor, but happy. My father lost his job after an injury, and we nearly lost everything. During this period of time, my father decided he needed to give his children something that could not be shaken or erroded by situation or tragedy. He began searching the bible for answers and visiting different churches. We went to several, but never felt at home until the day we visited the Mormon Church. We were baptized as a family in September of 1972. I was 10. My sister was 12. Our younger brother was not baptized until about a year later when he turned 8. That decision by our family has drastically improved life not only for us, but for generations to come. All three children are college educated as a result of that decision. We are all married in the temple. We now have 4 returned missionaries from the group (my brother and me, a niece and a nephew) and they are college graduates. We credit the influence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the peace in our lives, the stability and happiness of our marriages and children, for our overall direction in life. It is a different path than we would have followed otherwise. I was a teacher for nearly 20 years. I have seen first hand the difference a stable and loving home can make in the lives of youth. That is a small part of what the Church gave us. The rest comes from the peace of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church not only teaches me eternal truths; it asks me to apply them. I know that Jesus Christ lives through what I've learned at church, but that testimony has been reinforced again and again as I have taught those truths to others, worked with the poor and needy, weathered every storm life has sent by clinging to my testimony of Christ and listening to the whisperings of the Spirit telling me that I am known and loved. Ever since I was a tiny girl all I wanted to be was a mother. I grew up, went to college, served a mission, and lived the best I could. The blessings of being a wife and mother did not come to me. I was devistated. The pain lasted for years, but along the way, through the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I began to really understand the the Savior was willing to take that pain from me. He understood my feelings; knows me personally and cares. The compensatory blessings, when I stopped to notice them, were stunning. Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ I have learned to weather storms; some more severe, some minor. I was taught that trials are refining and the best way to come to see the Hand of the Lord in our lives. Three years ago, I lost my mother. Her decline and illness was devistating. Again, applying and understanding the teachings that suffering is not meaningless, families are forever- and the knowledge that I will see my mother again- are things that saw me through the hard times. I still miss my mom, and I will for the rest of my life, but I know I will be with her again. Also, through those times I gained yet another witness that Jesus Christ knows me personally, loves me, understands my needs, and provides. By the way, after my mom died, I met my husband. He is another miracle worth waiting for (almost 47 years), clearly a blessing from heaven.

How I live my faith

Learning the teachings of the Savior could not be cemented into my heart and soul without the application of lessons taught through service. The Church not only teaches me the Gospel of Jesus Christ through lessons and sermons on Sunday, it provides a means for me to live it's truths throughout the week. We study our scriptures, pray both individually and as a family, and then we get to work! I serve as the president of the women's organization for our congregation. That involves many hours a week of taking care of the needs of others. We organize meals for the sick, cleaning projects, enriching activities to help women come to know the Savior and each other. I teach lessons to the women, help organize weekly Sunday meetings and monthly women's meeting. We pray regularly for the families we know are in need, and also to know the emotional and spiritual needs of those amongst us. I help minister to the poor and the needy by assisting them with food and other material items. Beyond that, we organize the women so that each sister can be regularly visited. This helps us know their needs. Other ways I am trying to live my faith are to apply teachings of kindness, giving the benefit of the doubt, and trying to see things through the perspective of others. This isn't something that comes naturally, but must be cultivated through studying the Gospel and deliberately applying its principles.