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Hi I'm Carola

I was born in a small village in Germany and came to America at the age of 5 on a Swedish ocean liner. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was a third generation Mormon and immigrated to America from Germany with my mother and three sisters specifically for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I grew up in very humble circumstances; however, although my family was extremely poor, we were never poor in spirit. Through some bad choices by me as well as by others, I married quite young and later divorced. I began to drink socially, chain-smoked and loved coffee. Because I was brought up strictly LDS which means living the Word of Wisdom, I did not learn or know until much later that I had become an alcoholic. I tried marijuana on several occassions but fortunately did not like it. I managed to lose my way but never my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I felt there was no hope for me to ever come back into the church. As a result of our Heavenly Father's love and the tender mercies of the Savior for each of us, I was literally guided back to the church in 1990. I work at a university as a travel coordinator, and meeting and event planner. I also design web pages, newsletters and everything else that deals with art and academics. I enjoy working with students, staff, and faculty. I love plants and have them all over my house. I love to hike, bike, and work out. My husband and I watch our diets carefully. We both focus on eating nutritiously. In 2006 I lost 95 lbs. and promised myself never again to gain it back. So far, so good. I love to sing (2nd alto) and absolutely love to bargain hunt.

Why I am a Mormon

Through the tender mercies of our Savior, His atoning sacrifice and this magnificent gospel, I have been able to transform my life. It took several years for me to become completely honest with myself and others in order to attain total sobriety and free myself of all addictions. I tried everything possible to quit smoking: hypnosis, nicotine patches and gum, acqupuncture, smoke session classes, you name it - I tried it - but nothing worked. I firmly believed I could not quit. At a point of utter disgust and hopelessness, I one day got on my knees and poured my heart and soul out to my Father in Heaven and pleaded with Him to help me quit smoking. After my prayer and the shedding of many tears, I reached for the Book of Mormon. The page fell open to Ether 12:27. It was the Lord's instant response to my prayer. I've never smoked another cigarette since. Later, while I was going through my Restoration of Temple Blessings process, another scripture I'd never seen before jumped off the page at me. It too was from the Book of Mormon. This time it was 3Nephi 18:32. My bishop and I named it the 'Carola' scripture. Through the scriptures, God talks to us. I feel I have a heavenly cheering section consisting of my ancestors. They've all been cheering me on. They want their work done. The gospel is true! God speaks to us daily if only we listen and ask for His Spirit to be with us. All we have to do is let Him in. I know that God lives, that He hears and answers our prayers. I know the Savior is real and that he atoned for your's and my sins. I know the Book of Mormon speaks truth. I'm grateful for the Prophet Joseph Smith and for the restoration of this glorious gospel. We are blessed with a living prophet today. Once I ran into President Hinckley in a hospital elevator. I reaked of cigarettes. I asked him to give my mother a blessing - he did - but that is another story for another time. I just know that I'm blessed, clean and grateful for the gospel in my life!

How I live my faith

My husband is our neighborhood watch guy and I've previously served as vice president of our neighborhood association. I also serve in the temple each Saturday and love it to pieces. I love visiting teaching and my faithful visiting teaching partner. She is fantastic and certainly my hero. (I call her Annie Oakley and for good reason even though she is 80 years old.) We always do fun, yet meaningful things with the sisters we teach. I call it sister power. I also subsitute teacher in both the adult and youth organizations of the church. I love to sing in our church choir -- I'm a second alto and no longer sing with a cough. I do not fail to read my scriptures and turn to them often for answers to my prayers. I pray for the promptings of the Spirit to guide me and direct me in all that I do. The members of the church are fabulous. We help one another and often act as the Savior's hands. I love my life and wouldn't trade it for the world nor anything in it.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

My grandmother was the convert in Germany just after World War 1 and I could never deny her conversion story. Although I never met her, she has always been a part of my heavenly cheering section. Although uneducated and a devout Catholic, she was an avid reader of scriptures and the like. She often had conversations with her priest concerning gospel principles. The last time she talked to him, she asked about life after death. He could not answer her question to any satisfaction. One morning prior to dawn, her priest appeared in her bedroom. Coming toward her, he held a book and pointed to it. It read The Book of Mormon. He then disappeared but he gave her the answer to the question she was seeking. My grandmother jumped out of bed and ran to the nearby village where the church was located and asked to see the priest. She was informed that he had died several days earlier. Had she not heard? My grandmother searched and searched for this book that the priest had pointed to in her room that morning. It was not until after World War I when she finally found it! She found the missionaries too - they did not find her. I thank God daily for my grandmother's witness and her strong testimony and spirit as well as that of my mother. Without them, I would not have been able to receive my own testimony; however, we must all be converted on our own. We cannot forever hold onto someone else's light. It does not work. I know for myself without a shadow of a doubt that the Church is true. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Before I gained my own testimony of the gospel, I relied solely on the testimony of my mother and grandmother. It was my grandmother who was the first convert into the church. Although I'd never met her, I knew that she knew the gospel was true. Her conversion story became my anchor and foundation until I had gained my own witness of the truthfulness of the gospel. I literally had to go away (move to another state) in order to come back into the church. I had to discover and stretch those faith muscles myself. Father in Heaven speaks to each one of us. All we have to do is listen. He lets us know He is there and mindful of us all. I experienced first hand what the Savior's atonement means. I experienced also first hand what the buffetings of Satan feel like. I needed to repent and do all I could to transform my life first; then, through his infinite atonement, the Savior made up the difference for me. The Holy Ghost confirmed not only the truthfulness of the gospel to my mind, but to my heart and soul. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

I can answer this question through first-hand experience. Due to bad choices on my part and others, there was a point in my life when I would rather have lived in hell than to consider living in heaven for time and all eternity. I began to chain-smoke, drink, and also became a coffeeholic. I used marijuana but did not care for its affects so I quit that. I thought I was really something -- and I was, but it wasn't in being a daughter of God. I coughed, had frequent hangovers, missed days of work, and couldn't wait for that next drink. I couldn't run, nor bike, my beautiful second alto voice disappeared and I sounded like an old crow when I tried to sing. I was a spiritual mess. When I finally took hold of the gospel and began to take a complete and honest account of my actions and the disructive nature of what I was doing to my body, I took Doctrine and Covenants 89 at its face value. Although it wasn't easy, I stopped drinking first. Then I stopped smoking. Ultimately, I quit caffeine. I practice the Word of Wisdom completely now. Many of life's wrinkles have disappeared. This is not a result of a face lift, but a "spiritual lift." The shackles of addiction have been liffted from my shoulders and I am at last free! Since my thoughts are no longer clouded, thinking quickly and clearly on my feet is simple. I feel like I'm 24 even though I by no means am. I can literally run and not be weary and walk and not faint. I am so grateful for the blessings of the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

To me Relief Society is Sister Power. It is the oldest and largest women's organizaion in the world! It's purpose is to build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need. However, for me it is much more. We connect with one another and learn about each other. We share the love of the gospel and work together to strengthen one another. Sisters in the Church rock. We support each other in times of tradgedy, trials of our faith and in our families and give each other strength, support and hope to face all of what this life throws our way. Remember, we are the Savior's hands, he needs us to get the job done and to strengthen one another. Although I have sisters of my own, who are much older than me, they live far away in a different state. Since my committing fully to the gospel, they have also become fully converted and each of them went through the temple for the first time at ages 73 and 74, respectively. Isn't that neat? I really count on the sisterhood that surrounds me and we all lean on each other for that added boost of strength. Show more Show less