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Hi I'm Carrie

I'm a divorced mother of 5 great kids. I am the director of a Leadership Academy at a local high school, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love working with high school students! I run a special program that teaches leadership skills to 9th-12th graders. I love that I have the chance to make an impact on the future generation. Part of our program takes students traveling internationally. We have been to Costa Rica and this year we are taking students to China and Belize! Allowing the kids to relate to different cultures helps us understand each other better and hopefully will create a better world in the future. I am a single mom, and have been divorced about six years. I have five children, ages 16-26 and three grandchildren (who are perfect and adorable!) I love watching my kids play sports, and we enjoy getting together as much as we can. My kids mean the world to me. I love life! I white water raft every year for my birthday with family and friends. I have been ziplining in Costa Rica. I enjoy chic flics with my girlfriends, jumping on the trampoline with my grandchildren, getting slirpee's from 7-11, and eating french fries. I collect sand from beaches all around the world. I love sunsets over the mountains and sunrises on the beach. I truly look for joy in the little things life offers me.

Why I am a Mormon

My Mom joined the LDS church when I was 7 years old. She had been attending with a friend for a long time. My father did not join the church with her, he felt like religion was something for my mom and the kids- not him. I was baptized when I was 8 years old. I still remember that special day and how I felt. Little did I know it would be the thing that helped me through difficult events to come. When I was 16 years old my mother had another bout with cancer. She was battling valiantly but the cancer treatments took their toll, and the cancer won. My mother died on my 17th birthday. I was devastated. My mother and I did not always see eye to eye. In fact, we butted heads a lot! But to not have my mother with me for my senior year in high school when I was trying to figure out what I needed to do with my life was an amazingly difficult thing. It was then that my testimony really began to grow. The members of my ward family (like a parish) really stepped up to help me. They were at my school events. Many of the women of the church took me under their wing and helped me through the hard times. I had the chance to be with their families for Family Home Evening. (a weekly evening set apart for us to share time together with our families) I had dinner with them and heard their humble prayers. The spirit truly touched my heart of the desires of these amazing people to live as Jesus Christ would have us live. I wanted to be like these amazing women. Years later I went through another difficult time. My marriage of 20 years ended. I was again surrounded by some of those same women to gird me up and remind me to live as Christ would have me live. Being a Mormon is not just where I go to church on Sunday. It is truly who I am. I am a Mormon because of the love that amazing people showed me when times were tough. I felt the spirit of the Lord through them. Being a Mormon is the best way for me to live as Christ would have me live.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to do good things every day. I especially love working with the teenagers in my church and the women in my church. I am lucky enough to get to spend every summer with the youth of the church in a special program called "Especially For youth." as a speaker. The youth of the church go to college campuses around the United States and Canada and spend a week taking classes, doing projects, attending dances, and having a great experience. I love the time I am there to share my thoughts with them, and to learn from them. I am so very lucky to get to be a part of such an amazing program. I also work with the women of the church. I currently get to share stories of amazing women in our church on a website devoted to helping women reach their potential and remember that they are truly daughters of God. (www.tofw.com) I love that opportunity. Another thing I am able to do is to work to create better relations with other churches in our community. I help look for ways to help non-profit organizations get the volunteers they need to help our community. Working together with other faith based organizations we can make our communities better for all of us. One thing that I truly love about my church is that we are a lay ministry. We all take turns helping out wherever we are needed. Sometimes it is something you are really comfortable with and is a little easy for you- and other times you are stretched really far! This helps me learn to lean on Christ and be more grateful to him for all he has done for me.

What is the Relief Society?

Relief Society is an amazing women's organization that truly helps women in all areas of their lives. By focusing on helping women to know Jesus Christ better and to know he is their personal Savior, helping to make our homes and families stronger and to allow us many opportunities to serve each other and volunteer our time we have fuller, complete lives. So many women struggle trying to balance all the demands placed on them. To be a member of the Relief Society is a way to be surrounded by incredible women who are on the same journey as you are. You know you are not alone, and you are constantly surrounded by love, support and strength. Show more Show less