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Hi I'm Carole

I grew up in an active Catholic family in Pennsylvania. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 5 children. We have had 4 weddings in the past 2 years! We now have 2 brand new grandchildren and I love the saying "If I knew that grandchildren were so fun, I would have had them first!" I am a teacher and love children. My favorite day is every other Sunday when all my children and grandchildren come to dinner! We love to play games and be together.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an active Catholic family, playing my guitar in church every week. I remember my dad and mom being able to respond to the priest in Latin when I was younger. I went to Catholic elementary school till grade six. It was there that I learned the principle of tithing. The nuns taught many principles that I knew were truth. As I learned the principle of tithing at the age of 12, I remember thinking that although I gave a donation from my paper route, it was not a TITHE - 10 percent - and although my parents gave a weekly donation, I could see that it was not a TITHE. When I went away to college, the sister of the only boy in my high school class that was a Latter-Day Saint, sent the missionaries to see me. I took the discussions with my roommate. I decided to join the church, my roommate did not. Telling my family was very difficult. There were MANY tears. In the same breath that I told them I was joining the church, I told them that I was accepted to Brigham Young University. UT was very far from PA and my family feared they had lost me for sure. It has been very important to keep in contact with my parents thru these years. Weekly phone calls in college, combined with yearly visits home have now in 32 years turned into yearly "snow bird" visits from my parents to see us here in AZ where they stay with us for three months of each year. They are not interested in hearing about our church, so we just live it around them. My mother has made the comment that she knows my children better than any of her other grandchildren (who do not live in the same town as her), just because of the amount of time that she is able to spend with them on her visits. The Gospel has made me the mother and wife that I am today. I am grateful for the atonement of the Savior that makes it possible for my family to be eternal, as long as I do ALL that I can. I believe that by paying a full tithe, the Lord has blessed my family with all the necessities of life and more.

How I live my faith

My first assignment in the church was teaching music to the children in church on Sundays. I would have to learn 5-6 new songs each week, just to know the songs the children had grown up singing. I have had opportunities to teach from the scriptures, teach cub scouts and teach and influence children & adults of all ages. With each assignment I got, I wondered how I could ever teach people who already had so much knowledge. But the Lord provides. He helped me in my study and always sent angels to share their knowledge with me. Now after 32 years in the church, I have had assignments in every branch of the church. I can now give my influence to others who are learning how to accomplish these things. My three sons have now served missions. It was a hard thing to send them off to another country to live for two years. Our family was blessed while they were gone and we are grateful for the men they became from the blessing of serving missions. My husband and I want to serve a mission as well when we retire. I am grateful for the young women that left their homes to come to PA to teach me, grateful that my sons could do the same and have a desire to do that as well. I continue my search for knowledge so that I will be able to do that. Learning in the church is line upon line -- a little bit every day, until you sit in a class and realize that you are one of those people who is able to answer the questions or share knowledge. With perseverance, the Gospel opens a new life to all who will do the work.