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Hi I'm Carrie

I'm a Texas gal who went away to school and got a master's degree and a husband. Now I'm a happy newlywed, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Since earning a master's degree in family and human development, I now split my time between young children and teenagers who need help in school, volunteering with the elderly, and enjoying my own family! My husband and I are newlyweds who love to be together. I've always loved to cook, which has been a huge help in the transition into being a wife! Now I'm working on how to build a home, tend to finances, and kill spiders when no one else is around! I enjoy reading and watching movies, as well as being creative through writing, graphic design, or baking.

Why I am a Mormon

To answer the question of why I'm a Mormon, I have to say, "Why WOULDN'T I be?" The Gospel of Jesus Christ has filled my heart with peace and hope through every trial I've been through or will ever go through. I don't have to wonder what my purpose here is or whether I will see my loved ones again when we die. I don't have to live in fear of disaster or heartache, because even when these things happen, Heavenly Father has blessed me with the comfort and strength to keep going. Through a lifetime of daily prayer, I have developed a relationship with my Father in Heaven that I could never deny, and I know that it is because of His Son, my Savior Jesus Christ, that we can all live with Him again in heaven as a family after we leave this life. I know many people have doubts about the existence of God or the purpose of life--but even if you're not sure, why not try believing? Not only will it not hurt, but trust me--He'll help.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, I believe that I am a daughter of God. As any daughter would, I like to "keep in touch" with my Father in Heaven, so I begin and end each day with a prayer. I tell Him about my concerns and my joys and ask for help in my own trials and for the trials of others. This practice keeps our lines of communication open, and I can feel His love for me, and also His love for the people for whom I pray as well. This allows me to love them and help lessen their burdens, be they physical, emotional, or spiritual. Right now I work with the women in the church, getting to know them and their needs. I love this opportunity, because I see constant evidence of Heavenly Father's special love for His daughters. I also visit with the elderly shut-ins and sing hymns, share messages from the scriptures, and do activities with them weekly so that they will know that they are loved. In this faith, to live is to love. It's the best way to be.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Carrie
I can see how someone might look at the church and wonder if that's the case, because we sure do try to stay aware of each other's needs and help as much as we can. If a new baby arrives, we deliver meals and help care for the older children in the home. If a widow's lawn needs maintenance, we pull out our work gloves. If a college student is far away from family and feeling overwhelmed with school, we visit with them and lend a listening ear. It's just what we do! And I think because we help each other so much, it may seem like we don't reach out to anyone else. However, if we hear of someone in need, member or not, we act. In my community, there's a nursing home with a very small staff and few activities. None of the residents are Mormons, but knowing how much these elderly folks need friends and things to do, I visit at least once a week to keep them company. When floods and wildfires destroyed our towns, we got ourselves organized and spread out, helping people clear land, get clean water, and rebuild. Many of them were so surprised that these strangers just showed up and got to work! Our church is not one of exclusion. We try to reach out to anyone who needs help, because that is the way Jesus Christ lived, and we want to follow His example. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Carrie
The full title of this book is The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It does not replace or contradict the Bible. It is just what it says--it is another witness of the life and divinity of Jesus Christ. Like the Bible, The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets, beginning with a man named Lehi who lived in Jerusalem in the time of Jeremiah. Heavenly Father warned Lehi of the impending destruction of Jerusalem and commanded him and his family to travel to the American continent and establish a civilization there. Hence, the records of these prophets are a testament of Jesus Christ in addition to the Bible. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Carrie
We believe that God is our Heavenly Father and that He loves us. He loves all of His children, whether they lived in ancient Israel or in modern-day Los Angeles, California. In ancient days, He sent prophets to testify to the people of His existence, His plan for them, and His commandments so they could live righteously in order to return to His presence after this life. Heavenly Father still loves us and still wants us to know of His existence, His plan, and His commandments, so He has again provided us with a prophet! Remember, that "surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Carrie
Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, and we worship Him as the head of our Church. We believe that He is literally the Son of God, and under the direction of His Father, created the earth. We believe that when Heavenly Father sent us to earth, He knew that we would make mistakes and live imperfect lives; because the laws of justice require payment for sin, Jesus Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice to pay for all of our sins. Because of His sacrifice and resurrection, we will all be resurrected as well, and if we repent of our sins, we can return to the presence of Heavenly Father after this life as well. Show more Show less