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Hi I'm Carol

I'm a mom of four, a wife, a friend, a musician, a reader, I help keep kids safe on the internet, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My four children are young and at an impressionable time of life. My job is to keep their lives balanced between hard effort and downtime. The minivan is coming in handy! My children are beautiful, strong, and brave. Following their progress throughout life will probably always be the hardest and most amazing thing I will do. Being balanced in my own life seems more complicated. I love working for an internet safety non-profit in a position that combines my technology and education degrees. Working from home on various projects over the years has helped me stay current with technology and given me an opportunity to work with fantastic people around the world. I love deadlines and getting engrossed in a project. Teaming with others to develop tools that help keep youth safe online is a very rewarding effort and I have been blessed to have the skills to contribute. My time spent with my husband Paul is the best part of my day, where we plan our children's futures and our own. We love watching movies together but I've noticed that Paul only stays awake if it is an action movie! Paul and I have dreams of traveling together, and we have been venturing farther and farther from home. My favorite way to relax is by reading books; I almost always have a book going. I actively sew for kids and home, garden flowers and vegetables, and practice the piano. I am fortunate to have many friends and siblings who fill in the cracks in my day and with whom I spend quality time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS home and spent much of my youth in gospel study and attending church meetings. I was a teenager when I divided the gospel into many pieces and gained a testimony of each one. My faith has only grown stronger from there--as a young college student, a missionary for 18 months, and as a single adult. I have experienced deep sadness at times in my life, but my faith in God is real and deep. My testimony of the atonement of Jesus Christ has strengthened me when I felt weak, lifted me from despair, and created in me unshakable hope.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day by trying to look on the bright side. Like the New Testament apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13), I try to start fresh each day and hope for better. I love pondering the example of Jesus Christ and considering how He would act in a given situation. I try to love as He loved and be a force for good in my world. One of the major tenets of the LDS faith is that of each person having the ability to make choices (free agency). I am trying to teach my children so that they have ultimate options and choice, be free of addictions and have strong bodies and minds. Paul and I try to show them the joy of serving others. We know that the stronger people they are, the more they will be willing and able to serve. I currently teach a Sunday School class to the adults of my congregation. I taught the Old Testament, the New Testament, and currently teach the Book of Mormon course. I also play the organ for our main meeting once a month. Being at church on Sunday with my family and with those who love the gospel is a strength to me. I am constantly amazed by the good things people are willing to do when they believe in a loving God. I feel blessed to be surrounded by good friends of many faiths.