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Hi I'm Carol Ann

I grew up in Seattle. I speak Portuguese. I am an ER nurse and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in North Seattle. I love all sports and ran cross country and track through high school and part of college. I attended BYU where I went to nursing school. I have been an ER nurse ever since. I also served a mission for my church on the Portuguese island of Madeira. I have had 4 children, but my oldest daughter passed away 4 years ago. She was born with many disabilities so I am very familiar with and have a special place in my heart for all children with any type of special need or disability. My family loves soccer, snow skiing, biking, running, and all types of outdoor activity or sport. We have two husky puppies and we are University of Washington fans!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born just a few years after my parents joined the "Mormon" church, although I prefer to call us by our actual name, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You could say I was "born into" the church, but because my parents were converts, they were very careful to make sure I discovered for myself the truthfulness of what this church teaches. My parents did not grow up in ideal circumstances and were familiar with things that can destroy a family such as alcohol and unfaithfulness. They did not want to raise a family with any of these issues so when they prayed for help keeping their family together, they were led to this church and gained a testimony of it's truthfulness through careful study of the scriptures and prayer. I went through this same process as a youth and found out for myself that this is the true and living Church of Jesus Christ. We call this our "testimony" and my testimony has only been strengthened through doing what God has asked me to do, through service, scripture study and prayer. I am far from perfect. I make many mistakes, but I know Jesus loves me, that He wants to help me and my family, and that through the atonement, we can all return to live with God and Jesus again, together with our families. Never have I been more grateful for this knowledge than after losing my oldest daughter. We witnessed many miracles during her life and death. She was an angel on earth and I have no doubt that God took her home and she is waiting for us there. I don't hope it, I don't think it, but I know it. Anyone can have this knowledge and I encourage anyone who is truly searching for the truth to read and study both the Bible and the Book of Mormon and pray about their truthfulness. Both are witnesses of Christ. Both contain His word and together they will lead you home through the words of the prophets who wrote them.

How I live my faith

There is rarely a dull moment in our home thanks to many opportunities to serve in the church, in our community and most especially participating in our kids' activities. In the church, I teach a class of 12 and 13 year old girls each Sunday and try to attend their weekly activities where possible. Before that I taught a youth Sunday School class of 15, 16 and 17 year olds for 3 years and loved it. I help gather volunteers for our local food bank once a month and sometimes I get a chance to volunteer myself. We also have an organization in our church called "visiting teaching" where every woman in the church is assigned to visit or check on other women each month and to give extra service if and where necessary. My assignment is to visit two close friends so it's an easy job to do since I talk with them frequently, but I love how there is always someone you know you can call on in a simple pinch or a greater time of need. When my daughter was spending many long weeks in an ICU bed for example, my visiting teachers organized meals for my family and made sure my other kids were being taken care of. I also coach my daughter's soccer team, volunteer for my son's soccer team and volunteer in my daughter's school class room. These are obviously things I more or less signed up for, however the best type of service for me is when I get to help someone out of the blue or even anonymously. I have found the serving others has been the most effective way to alleviate the grief and loneliness I have felt since my daughter's passing. Because of her disabilities, we were serving her, 24/7 for nearly 10 years. When she passed, not only did we feel the pain of her passing, but also the emptiness of not being able to serve her. One of my favorite scriptures reads, "When we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are only in the service of our God." I feel the love of Christ more strongly when I serve that at any other time.