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Hi I'm Solana Carlisle

I'm a mom, I traveled the world as a military wife, I love music, good books, singing in choirs, traveling and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a wonderful family, the third oldest of seven children. Raised on a ranch, my dad a cowboy. I tolerated the animals but much preferred a good book. We moved many times as I was growing up. I started school in Nicuragua. We lived there for three years where I was able, as a child to speak fluent Spanish. Unfortunately I lost that ability when we returned to the United States. I had many experiences in my childhood which tested the faith of my parents. One such occasion was when I almost lost my left arm in a wringer washer. It was the faith and prayers of my parents that saved my arm. Following high school I went onto college where I acquired a bachelors degree in Social Work. Some might say that it was a waisted degree because I have never worked in the Social Work field. However, I would have to disagree as I have used my degree over the past twenty-six years as a wife and a mother. I have four children and now one daughter-in-law. I have been married to my best friend for twenty-six years. Twenty-one of those years we spent traveling the world as a military family. It has been a privilege serving as a military family, seeing so many different places and meeting so many amazing people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon Church. The church has provided a stabilizing force in my life. My testimony of the truths of the gospel has been developing since I was a young child. My parents taught the gospel in our home. Scriptures were read and discussed as a family. Prayer was a daily activity both as a family and individually. When I went away to college for the first time I did some battling with home sickness. At such times I would turn to the scriptures where as I read I could hear the deep voice of my father. The comfort was immediate. Since being married my husband and I have done our best to bring the truths of the gospel into our home and the hearts of our children. Our family finds comfort in the temple covenants and the promise of being an eternal family. My youngest sister was killed in a car accident at the age of twenty-three. Her infant son was only two months old at the time. Through the grief we all found comfort in the fact that we were still a family. That was not the end of our association with our sister, daughter and friend. The comfort of the spirit whispered peace to our hearts. We would see her again, her son would know her at some future time, she and her husband were still a couple. I know God lives, I know He loves me. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I know that He lives, that He shows us the way and asks that we follow Him. I know that following my Savior and striving to emulate His perfect example brings me peace.

How I live my faith

I have the wonderful opportunity of teaching the young women in our ward on Sundays. I love feeling of their testimonies and watching as they gain strength from the gospel instruction and each other. I also have the privilege of visiting with sisters in their homes where we talk about life, and we share a gospel message. The members in our ward love and support each other. In times of need we know that we do have a ward family who is there willing to help and give love and support.