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Hi I'm Carrie Walker

I'm the two greatest things in all of the world: I'm a Texan and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a bit of a paradox. On the one hand, I'm exactly what you would expect a Mormon granny 50 years my senior to be - I love to knit, can apricot jam, practice the organ, and do geneology work for my ancestors. On the other hand, there's the fun-loving, adventuring side of me. I run five miles every morning and have a marathon and three half-marathons under my belt. I row with a crew on the Colorado River twice a week, play volleyball when I have extra time, and am conquering my fear of heights by learning to rock climb. I taught English in Madrid and reveled in soaking up the Mediterranean sun, flamenco, and bull-fighting. I eat Texas BBQ every chance I get and am physically unable to say no to a warm chocolate chip cookie, espeically if I baked it myself!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for the same reason that I run and eat chocolate chip cookies. It makes me happy. The difference is that being a Mormon makes me happy ALL of the time, not just for a few moments in my day. It makes me happy to know that I literally have a Father in Heaven who knows me and who has sent me to this earth to learn, grow, and return to Him. Because I understand this, I am never alone. In the moments of my fiercest challenges I remember that I am a daughter of God and I turn to my Father in Heaven and to my Savior Jesus Christ – the only ones who understand the reasons and eternal purposes of my struggles. It makes me happy to know that through life’s experiences, God is molding me into what he needs me to be. He has a plan and a purpose for my time here on this earth. I am happy to find miracles in my trials. There are times when I think the Lord is asking too much of me, when I don't think I am strong enough to pull my cart to the summit – actually, when I KNOW I’m not strong enough. But therein lies the miracle. The Lord DOES ask us to endure and flourish in tribulations that are too much for us to bear - too much to bear on our own. But it is in Christ, who strengthens us, that we can do all things. I am happy to know that not only can I find joy in this life through following the Savior, but that I have the opportunity to life forever with my Heavenly Father. And not only that, but I can live forever with my earthly family! My dad died when I was young and I have always clung to knowledge that while I may not have the privilege of associating with him on this earth, I will literally have an eternity to be with him in heaven. This life is such a short moment. While the Lord asks us to endure and love Him under many difficult short-term circumstances, He has also provided us with the opportunity to have permanent joys in the life to come. How could I NOT be happy, knowing all of this?

How I live my faith

As a young, single woman I have the pleasure of attending Sunday services with a large group of other single guys and girls that are in the 18-30 age group. I enjoy worshiping in a setting where I am surrounded by young people in my same life situation. We are able to love and support one another in a unique way. When I moved to Texas a year ago, I didn't know anyone. But through attending Sunday services with this group of young single adults, I immediately made friends and had an amazing support group. And we don't just worship together on Sundays. During the week I attend a university-style church class one evening, and play volleyball the next night on a church team. We have tons of activities where we meet together to kayak on the river, construct houses for Habitat for Humanity, or just play games together on a Sunday night. The church is first and foremost about worshiping our Savior, Jesus Christ, but we certainly know how to have fun doing it! The church gives me so many opportunities to develop skills and talents. While not professionally trained as a teacher, I have had the chance to teach Sunday school and have discovered that I love to teach. From the time we are little kids, we are asked to speak in church, which allowed me to conquer early my fear of public speaking and to become confident in front of a crowd. A few years ago, I was asked to play the organ for Sunday services. I had played the piano since I was a kid, but never the organ! Nonetheless, I accepted the challenge and have found great joy in learning a new instrument that allows me to serve in the church!