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Hi I'm Carianne

I am a wife and mother, an educator, a musician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an Arizona native who loves bargain shopping, going on vacation and reading children’s books. After teaching Kindergarten for five years, I left the classroom to be a stay-at-home mom. I love taking care of my husband and daughter. We fill our days with “mommy school,” trips to the library and swinging at the park. Music is a big part of my life and I enjoy teaching piano lessons and playing the viola.

Why I am a Mormon

At the age of 8, I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I remember feeling excitement, peace and a strong desire to live my life in accordance with the things my parents had taught me. I was also given the gift of the Holy Ghost. This gift is a promise of the companionship of the spirit, through which I can feel the presence of my Heavenly Father. It is because the gift of the Holy Ghost that I am a Mormon. The spirit has confirmed to me that the teachings of the Church are true. Every time I hug my family the spirit whispers to my heart that we will be a family forever. As I study my scriptures, the spirit tells me that the words I read are true and a pattern for how I should live my life. When I attend my church meetings, the spirit bears witness to me that my Heavenly Father loves me and wants me to return to live with him. I feel the spirit often and each time I am reminded of my baptism day. And I once again feel excitement, peace and a desire to live righteously.

How I live my faith

I communicate daily with my Heavenly Father in prayer and receive his guidance and spirit. I try to help my daughter understand the blessings of prayer by encouraging her to pray for things that are important to her; whether it be a lost stuffed animal or a blessing on her macaroni & cheese. I live my faith by attending all of my church meetings, though there be many. As my daughter asks each Sunday, “what are going to do today?’ I explain that we are going to go to church, because that’s what we do on Sundays. Each Sunday I help instruct the children of our congregation who are ages 3 to 12. The children are a joy to teach and be around. I take every opportunity I can to help them recognize the promptings of the Spirit so that as they get older they will also understand the wonderful gift that it is.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Carianne
Our bodies are a gift from our Heavenly Father. We are taught that they are like a temple; in that our bodies are a house for our spirits. If we fill our bodies with harmful things such as alcohol or tobacco, we can't have the spirit with us as strongly. We are taught that the spirit will not dwell in an unholy place. We can take care of our body by eating only good foods, exercising and getting enough rest. We should also make sure that we don't put any unclean thoughts or images into our minds as well. As we take care of our bodies we show respect for ourselves and our Father in Heaven. And we are blessed with his spirit. Show more Show less