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Hi I'm Carrie L

I am a wife,mother, sister, daughter, friend, cosmetologist and a lifelong learner. I am a Mormon

About Me

I am a homemaker. Don't you love that? I make a home. No, I haven't specialized in construction; nor did I study architecture. The career I chose means so much more than that to me. CS Lewis said, " The homemaker has the Ultimate Career. All other careers exist for one purpose only-- and this is to support the ultimate career". The Ultimate Career?! Think about it- Everyday, I get to: impact a life, learn to love even more, be a caregiver, a teacher, a friend, a companion, a nurse, an interior designer, a journalist, a photographer, a chef, a student, a referee, a sports star, a cheerleader, a travel agent, and most importantly a mother. I always wanted to be a mother. As college approached and I started taking classes, I was so frustrated that I didn't have a major picked out like my room mates. How was I supposed to choose between so many amazing things! After a lot of trial and error, I ended up doing what I loved with a passion: Cosmetology! I dreamed of moving to LA to do hair and make up for runway shows! Yet, for me it didn't feel right. I remembered a little girl playing house with her dolls and knew that I still wanted to me a mother. After 27 years of life, I met my Prince and we are now raising our 2 year old girl. Everyday is not easy. I think the hardest things we do are the most important. So everyday, I am learning more and more and more to make our home. I look forward to a growing family and the joy of continuing in the Ultimate Career!

Why I am a Mormon

I feel very blessed to have been born into a home where the teachings of Jesus Christ have always been taught. Yes, I grew up a Mormon. My ancestors heard the gospel and gave up everything to come across the plains with the early members of the church; however, do you want to know what has impacted my life the most? My Grandmother, Twila, has been a pioneer to me. She grew up in a home where addictions overcame her family. Because of this, Twila's mother ended up leaving my great-grandfather, with her children, at a time when divorce was not often spoken of. She taught her children the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Twila, my grandmother, was at a cross-roads in her life. She was engaged to a young man that was not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. After divine counsel given to her from her church leader, Twila decided to serve a mission for The Church. She served in the Southern United States. This was a life-changing moment for her. She gave up someone she loved very much for Someone that she loved even more- Christ. It is here that she met my grandfather. They were Married for eternity in the Temple. Because of her decision to follow the Spirit and her Conversion to the Gospel, I was blessed with faithful parents. I always felt the church was true. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia where there are not as many members. I had to decide at a young age where I stood. I am grateful for that experience because it taught me to stand up for what is right and it made me find out for myself that these things were true. I, like my grandmother, served a mission. I served at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. I watched people that had been searching for answers their whole lives and finding them for the first time. I have seen the happiness that I enjoy in my life because of the decisions that the Gospel taught me to make. I know that this Gospel changes lives. It continues to bless my everyday.

How I live my faith

Living my Faith is a daily choice. I get up everyday and choose if I am going to follow it or not. My 2 year old daughter helps me to focus on what I should be doing. I love teaching her about Jesus, how to pray, or singing songs that help her to feel the Spirit. Currently, I serve the girls that are 12 and 13 years old as part of a Young Women program. This is a hard time for young girls. They are adjusting to becoming a teenager and finding out who they are. It is so much fun to watch them grow and learn as they read the Bible and Book of Mormon for the first time. I hope that I can act as their mentor. Some of my greatest joys (outside of my family) come from serving and learning from these amazing youth. Recently I was able to train counselors for a program called Time to Blossom. Young women are able to leave behind the world for a week and gain confidence through living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I trained all of the counselors to teach and guide women who are not much younger than they are. I think making the gospel part of my everyday life is the best way that I can live my faith. I chose to be a homemaker and a mother before having a career because the teachings of living prophets have counseled me to do so. My family as been blessed for following this counsel. Being a member of this church reminds me to look for opportunities to serve others. It allows us to take dinners to families in need, visit women of the same faith and fortify relationships through service and uplifting lessons. It guides me to be honest in my dealings in a world where honesty is tainted. My faith leads me to choose good entertainment that builds me up as a daughter of God. The gospel helps me to know that I don't have to be perfect according to the world's standards. I know that it is through Jesus Christ that I am perfect. How? Because of His Atonement. I can repent everyday. His Atonement allows me to change and that drives my faith the most!

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Carrie L
As a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City Temple Square, part of our mission assignment was at Welfare Square (the headquarters for the welfare program of the church). I had the opportunity to see first hand the blessing and purpose of the inspired program. The main mission of the church Welfare is to help people learn to help themselves. How much more blessed is a man that learns to fish than one that is given fish for a day. Anyone can come and be blessed from the Welfare Program of the church. It enables people to be tutored and learn the skills needed to attain employment. Church -run farms allow those receiving help to serve in return for the help that they receive. Language courses are available to those who need it. Deseret Industries was established to enable training for those that need job training. People can give of their used items that they no longer are in need of and others can benefit by purchasing goods at a lower cost. I love the Welfare Program of the church because it helps people to gain confidence as they are able to stand on their own. They in turn feel the blessing of the Spirit of the Lord as they can give to others. In this way, the mold is broken of continuing need. As people are able to take care of their physical needs then their spiritual needs can be met. Through the Spirit, lives can be changed! Show more Show less