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Hi I'm Carla

I'm a kindergarten teacher, a singer, a wife, and an aunt to 73 beautiful nieces and nephews. I'm a redhead. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a native of Mesa, Arizona, and I still live here. I am part of an extremely large family. I love to be with people. I've taught school for over ten years and love being able to express myself through my work. I have had the opportunity to work with thousands of children throughout my life and feel most comfortable when I'm with them; they are the best! I have wonderful parents who taught me the gospel throughout my life. My angel mom passed away from cancer 12 1/2 years ago. Until that point, this was the most difficult trial I ever had to bear. She truly is a Saint in my eyes. I miss her every hour of every day, but am so comforted in the knowledge I have that I will be with her again. A few years ago I experienced the hugest trial of my life: my husband of 11 years decided to leave. With him he took his addictions which, for most of our marriage, had been a secret to me. I thought our marriage would last forever, and this experience absolutely turned my world upside-down. It was gut-wrenching and was definitely the lowest point in my life. However, I wouldn't change the experiences I had because I learned so much of how my Heavenly Father loves me and is aware of my every need, concern, worry, and sorrow. I learned that with the Lord on my side I can do hard things, and by working through it all with Him on my side, He has blessed me. I have been married for seven months now to a wonderful man who understands me and cherishes me. I have never been happier!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know how happy it makes me to be one. I come from great Pioneer stock on both sides of my family who devoted their lives to the gospel; this has had a great impact on my upbringing. I have always gone to church with my whole family. I was taught to pray, study the scriptures, and do my best to keep all of God's commandments. I was baptized on my eighth birthday, but as I continued through my adolescence I wanted to know for myself if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was really God's true church. I was fifteen years old. The youth from church were heading to Phoenix to help with the Special Olympics. It was to be a day of service, and I went into it with questions for the Lord. Is it really true? Did He really know me? I decided that if I was going to receive answers to these questions, I would serve all day and pray about it. As the day progressed I noticed all of my friends (who were very good friends who lived the gospel) spending most of the day sitting and chatting on the bleachers. At one point I joined them, but as I was sitting there something reminded me that if I wanted to have answers I needed to put forth the effort. So I left my friends and spent the rest of the day moving the high bar for the participants. At the end of a long day, I remember feeling the sun on my face and praying in my mind and heart. I asked Heavenly Father if this was His true church and if He really knew me and loved me. The feeling I had at that moment was undeniable. I was overwhelmed with His love and by the fact that in His vast universe of billions of people, He knew ME and cared about what happened in MY life. Since that day I have felt of that sweet Spirit countless times. Whether it was while I was telling a friend about the gospel, smiling at a stranger, saying a prayer for someone, or serving my family, I feel of His love daily. As I live the gospel, I love it. I know it is true.

How I live my faith

As a school teacher I have many opportunities to practice living my faith. As I teach children how to be kind to each other, to resolve conflicts, to serve, to read, etc., I am growing closer to my Savior. I work with the 12 and 13-year-old girls at church. I get to teach them lessons on keeping their bodies clean and pure, dressing modestly, serving others, and much more. Each time I teach my testimony is strengthened. The youth also hold weekly activities. We paricipate in sports, learn new skills, dance, serve those in need, and more. It is a rewarding experience. The best place for me to live my faith is in my home with my sweet and loving husband. He is my greatest blessing on earth. We grow closer together as we pray together, study the scriptures together, go to church, serve each other, and have fun together. He is my number one fan and I am his! It's almost unbelievable to me when I think of how happy I am, and yet this doesn't even hold a candle to all that God has in store for me if I try to be worthy of His blessings. What is also incredible to me are the tender mercies of my Savior. As hard as I try, I still make mistakes daily. I am so grateful for His willingness to allow me to repent and be forgiven. He is a God of miracles and He adores each one of His children, including me. I recently lost a very dear friend to cancer. She taught me what it means not to complain and to truly be meek and submit to the will of the Lord on a daily basis. Indeed she is the epitomy of my life's mission statement, along with Jesus Christ: "And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being dilligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times..." (Alma 7:23) My faith in my Savior gives me hope to one day be all of those things and to be able to bless the lives of others because I am those things. I love my faith!