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Hi I'm Carli

I'm a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an auntie of 11, a physical therapist and a homemaker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Life definitely has its challenges, but there is so much to be happy about. In the past year I lost my Dad to cancer, but I also gave birth to a son and have experienced the joys and challenges of motherhood. I am a wife to the most handsomest boy in the world, and he treats me like a queen. Spending time with my family is one of my favorite things to do- both my new family and our ever growing extended family. I love to learn new things- right now I am working on Spanish, playing guitar and trying new crochet patterns. I love music- just listening to it, playing the piano, singing for other people (especially at Christmas!) and singing with my husband! Most of my time is filled with entertaining my son and taking care of my husband and my home. A couple days a week I go to work for a few hours and enjoy using the physiotherapist part of my brain. Some days I feel like there are too many things to do and not enough time to do them all, but I try to use the teachings of the gospel to pick my priorities, and the most important things stay taken care of.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, so I've been learning about it my whole life. Since I was old enough to understand, I have wanted to know for myself because I was always taught that I needed to gain my own testimony. I used to expect that my testimony would come in one big experience and then I would know without a doubt that the Gospel and the Book of Mormon are true. But it really did not happen that way. My testimony has come bit by bit, mostly as I have lived the Gospel and prayed and asked to know that it was true. Living the Gospel helps me be happy. Reading the Book of Mormon brings me peace- not every time, because I do not always let myself feel it. But there have been so many times where the words have answered my questions and enlightened me. Heavenly Father has answered my prayers and given me guidance so many times. And you know what? Every time I follow his promptings, even when I do not understand them, it always works out. He has never failed me and I know he never will. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because it makes sense in my mind and it feels right in my heart- and I feel that when I live the Gospel. This gives me so much hope! I know that God is my Heavenly Father and he loves me personally. I love that I can talk to him in prayer and I know and feel that he really cares. I am important to him! We are here for a purpose, and one day we can live with our families forever. All you have to do is start living the Gospel and you will feel it start to bless your life. Its pretty natural to have doubts. I have had them many times, but then I pray for help and I remember all the times the Lord has already blessed me, and I am filled with gratitude and peace.

How I live my faith

My responsibilities in serving in the church change over time. At times I have been asked to play the piano, to lead a choir, to lead activities for young, single adults, to help lead the women's organization, etc. Right now I am responsible for the music in our church services, so I help to coordinate the songs that are sung (including organizing musical numbers) and I also play the organ for our meetings. I have gained a greater appreciation for the special messages in our hymns since I have been given this role. One of my favorite responsibilities from church is that we get assigned to take special care of a couple of different women in our congregation, and to visit them at least once a month. I have made many good friends over the years, because of this. And I have learned more about helping and serving others. But living my faith is much more than what I do at church. I like to talk to people wherever I go- you never know who you will meet. I like to learn about other's cultures and experiences, and I like to help people be a bit happier that day. Often I get to talk about my beliefs when I meet people. It makes me happy and I know it can help people, so I want to share it with them. I also try and live my faith just by being a friend to people and trying to help those who need a hand, even when it is as simple as just saying 'hello'. Now that I stay home with my son most of the time I have more opportunities to help people through providing a meal or watching someone else's children. I am trying to follow Jesus Christ, and do what he would do. I am far from perfect, but I try to be like him.