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Hi I'm Carla

I grew up in a small ranching community in Eastern Oregon, USA. Now I'm a mom raising a bunch of kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the second oldest child in a family of 7 kids. My parents own a ranch in South Eastern Oregon. We grew up learning how to work hard and how to play hard. We attended a small branch of the LDS church where we learned to serve at a young age. My family members are my best friends now that I'm older and I realize the importance of creating family unity by participating in wholesome recreational activities as a family. I moved away from home to attend College at Ricks College and then Utah State University. Now that I'm a wife, a mother of 8 children, a Young Women's President and active in my community, I realize more and more the importance of the family unit. We need to focus on the family and not let worldly influences pull us apart. I enjoy working in my gardens, camping and being in the mountains with my family, and being with my siblings and their families. My husband and I are mindful of the need to help our children be well educated - not only by attending school, but by constantly learning by doing and learning from our mistakes. We try and instill in our children a love of God, Family, and Country.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that was LDS, or Mormon. From the time I was little I always remember just believing what I heard at church and at home, taught to me by my parents. When I heard a gosple principle taught I would ponder it and think, "it just makes sense. That is correct." I remember in Seminary learning about gaining a testimony of the Book of mormon. The lesson taught that we should pray to know if the Book of Mormon was true. I thought, "I don't remember ever doing that." So, I got down on my knees one night and prayed to know if it was true. After the prayer I waited for something big to happen. It didn't. As I pondered that, I prayed again, and clearly and distinctly in my mind the thought came, "You already know it's true." And that was correct. I knew the Book of Mormon was true. I always have known it is true. The doctrines of the Gospel are 100% taught in the Book of Mormon. They make sense. They are true. Everthing good comes from God, and this book is good. I have come to know for myself that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that he restored Christ's original church on the earth. I also know that the current prophet is a prophet of God and that he leads the church the way God wants it lead today. I have learned these things by the simple promise found in Moroni 10:4. If you want to know if it's true, all you have to do is pray and ask God. You have to be sincere though. You really have to want to know. I know that if you sincerely pray and ask the Lord, he will answer your prayers. I am so HAPPY to be a Mormon. It makes my life BETTER and WONDERFUL. I have opportunities every day to serve, to learn, to grow and try and become a little bit more like my Savior every day. Since I have been sealed in the Temple I know I will be with my family FOREVER! I am comforted in knowing that if and when someone dies, I'll be able to see them and hug them and hold them again. It just makes sense. It's logical. It's true.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon isn't just a Sunday thing. It's a life style. I live my Faith every day by trying to do the things I know the Lord wants me to do. Each day I get up 15 minutes earlier than I really need to. I spend that time first in prayer, and second in scripture study. When I say my morning prayers, I ask the Lord, "what do you want me to do today? How can I be an instrument in thy hands?" Then I read my scriptures and ponder them. As I go throughout my day, I try and keep in mind the principles taught in the scriptures I read and look for ways to serve the Lord. If you are willing to be an instrument in His hands, he will usually give you that opportunity. Some days this may come as a chance to serve someone in the community. Some days it might just be the opportunity to lift my child's spirits, hug my husband and thank him for providing for our family and being a good, honest, hardworking citizen, or other days it might be that I get to go vote. Some other things I do to live my faith, is "practice what I preach." Right now I am the President of the Young Women in our ward - the girls that are 12-18 years old. We teach the Young Women to "Stand for truth and righteousness." I try and live my life the way the Savior would want me to. I use clean language, I try not to gossip. I am honest. I try and serve others. I try and see other people through the Savior's eyes. I am not perfect, and I make many mistakes, but when I do, I live my faith by repenting, righting the wrong that I did, asking for forgiveness, and then I try hard not to do it again.