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Hi I'm Carol Pilkington

I am the mother of 5 beautiful grown children and the grandmother of 9—my family is my most valued treasure. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been happily married to my husband for 37 years and together we have raised a family of 5 wonderful kids. After my youngest child got married, I decided it was time to go back to school and finish the degree I had put on hold when we got married in order to start our family. So, 34 years later, I transferred my credits and registered for two classes. It was the hardest semester of my life but I got through it and two years later I am still going—and I plan to finish before I am 60! I also work full time, so it hard to take more than two classes at a time but it has become an important part of what I do each day. I have also enjoyed getting out and meeting new people in my classes each semester—it is a fun way to share with others what I believe. Sometimes it is embarrassing to always be in the oldest in class but most of the time, it really isn't an issue and doesn't bother me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family where both of my parents were active members of the LDS (Mormon) Church, so I have always been a member. My heritage is rich in pioneer and church history and that has always played an important part in who I am. However, even though one is raised in the LDS faith, and is a baptized member, does not mean that you have a testimony or a sure knowledge of that faith. As a freshman in college I really began to study the Book of Mormon and ask questions. The institute instructors I had at the school I was attending really helped me to understand and to love the gospel and to know my Savior Jesus Christ. Because I have continued to study and learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have been able to gain a deep and abiding testimony of His teachings and His plan for us. I know that the LDS faith is the only complete faith here upon the earth and I am grateful for the restoration of the gospel and the opportunity we have to share this knowledge with others.

How I live my faith

I love to teach the youth of the church. I am teaching the 11 and 12 year olds from the New Testament this year and it has been wonderful. Each year that I teach I learn more and more and I love seeing how the children begin to understand the scriptures better and apply those lessons to their own lives. As a member of my church congregation, I am also responsible for meeting with and teaching two ladies who also belong to my same congregation. I am assigned to visit these ladies, I do not choose them, so sometimes they aren't well known to me. I love this opportunity because it enables me to get to know more about the women in the church and serve these women in many different ways. The women which I have had the blessing to get to know and serve over the years have a bond with me which I will cherish forever. For the past five years I have served in the LDS Temple as a Temple worker. This has been an amazing opportunity as I have served the Lord and all those who come to the Temple to do their work there. I have been able to witness many miracles in that holy house and I am grateful for the privilege I have had doing that work.