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Hi I'm Carey

I am a smiling, loving, working, laughing, exercising, creating, blogging wife and mama. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my sweetie for almost 20 years. Together we have 6 kids ages 2 to 15. At church, I work with the youth and teach an adult Sunday school class. I teach aerobics twice a week and run on the side. I love to blog and craft. I enjoy politics and being involved in my community. I love dancing and playing with my family. Every day is filled to over flowing with seemingly endless places to be, things to do, and needs to meet. I have learned that peace and sufficiency come as I seek to prioritize my days according to God's will. Every morning I start with a prayer asking God to use me for His purposes and to lead me do the things He would have me do. At night as I fall into bed exhausted... I smile as I feel His blessing of my efforts. The bottom line is, life is downright delightful when it is devoted to serving God and in turn serving others. As overwhelming as my schedule can feel... there is absolutely NOTHING I would rather be doing! I feel blessed beyond measure to have the life that I do!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I recognize the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be the same church God patterned for us in the Bible. As I study the Old Testament, I see that God spoke to His children in ancient times through prophets. Trusting that God is the same yesterday, today and forever... it makes sense to me that He would still use this pattern. Christ tells us that we can identify true prophets by their fruits. A corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit and neither can a false prophet. As I study the fruits of the spirit as identified by Paul in Galatians... I recognize them to be the fruits which have filled my life as I follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ as restored by Joseph Smith, continued on through the current prophet, Thomas S. Monson. As I study the New Testament, I recognize the pattern which Christ himself established for His church to be the same one which the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is organized by. Paul teaches that Christ's church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone. This is the foundation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I study the Book of Mormon, I feel the whisperings of the spirit confirming that it is a true book. It is another witness of Jesus Christ. It confirms the truths taught in the Bible. It is evidence that God watches over and loves ALL of His children. It contains a beautiful invitation to "Come unto Christ and be perfected in Him." As I have applied my life to living the gospel contained in the Bible, the Book of Mormon and the words of living prophets, I have learned how to draw near to my Savior and receive His love and goodness. His light permeates every facet of my existence. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance fill my soul and are evidence to me of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

Two months after I had given birth to my 6th child, I was involved in a bicycling accident and broke my back. I have never experienced more pain than I did in that moment and for the hours to come. As I lay on the ground writhing in pain, panic broke through. The thought occurred, "I think I just changed the rest of my life!" "What if I never walk again?" "How will I take care of my children?" After a few moments these fearful thoughts gave way to quiet assurance that my loving Father in Heaven was in control. The truth was spoken to my mind that even though I had no previous knowledge of this part of God's plan for me... He had known for billions of years that this is what my January 14, 2009 looked like. I knew in that moment that this experience was given to me by a Father who knows perfectly how to grow and develop me into the person He has me becoming. As challenging as the following year was, I now stand on the other side of that trial a more grateful, compassionate and faithful woman. There isn't one aspect of my existence which hasn't been enlarged and changed for the better as a result of breaking my back. In deed, that moment truly did change the rest of my life... for the better! Trusting that God's will for me is far greater than my own has become the foundation for a life filled with hope, joy and confidence in Christ. I feel so very blessed and loved by my Father. Learning to rely more fully upon the Savior is such a beautiful gift... one which has blessed my life immeasurably!