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Hi I'm Carol Winkler

I'm an old lady now who has lived a happy life. The picture is from when I was just starting on my career as a wife and mother.

About Me

I was twenty-one when I married in the Salt Lake Temple. Eventually we had seven children, a very unpopular thing to do, even at that time. What I have learned in raising our family is treasured knowledge and insight not to be found in books. Those seven, together with their spouses and children, continue to be the joy of my life. The best thing I could wish any woman in her old age would be to have children like these. As I look back on my life, I find that being a Mormon has made all the difference.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed beyond measure to have found the Church in my teens. Because of it, my memories of those years are happy ones, with very few regrets. The Church has helped so much to fill in the gaps that were missing in my background to give me good preparation for marriage and motherhood. It has given me counsel from a living prophet to deal with all the modern challenges. It has given me opportunities to serve my fellow men, and to learn how, in the Lord's wisdom it can best be done. It meant that I have had another witness of Jesus Christ and His teachings in the Book of Mormon. Thanks to the Jews and the martyred translators for the precious Bible! Thanks to the Nephites and to Joseph Smith for translating the Book of Mormon, another Testament of Jesus Christ! It has meant that I have had wholesome activities, dances, parties, and talent shows where my family and I could participate. It has meant the association of good people. Not perfect people, but good people who honored the concept of perfection and were trying to make it happen in their lives. Through the Church I have had ample opportunity to continue my education in all the common - and some highly uncommon - fields of knowledge. Through the Church, I still have opportuities to serve and be useful, whether crocheting humanitarian projects or indexing old records for a free database the whole world can use. Being useful in good works is a good feeling!

How I live my faith

In due time my husband and I will graduate from the here and enter the hereafter. Because of Jesus Christ, that looms as a great adventure. I know that God lives. I know that He sent His Son in the meridian of time to that lowly birth in Bethlehem that we might know how to live and be happy. I know that same Jesus made the great atoning sacrifice and was lifted up on the cross to die for us. But I also know that on the third day He rose and opened the way for us to rise again also. I know that He lives yet today, and shortly He will reappear on the earth and we will all recognize Him as the long awaited Messiah. But we don't have to wait until then to draw near to Him, and to enjoy the sweet peace that passes understanding. The purpose and intent of His Church on the earth is to help us do that. Someone once told me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints exacted too high a cost of its membership. I feel that what the Church asks of us is the greatest bargain on the planet. How can we put a price on peace and joy and feeling love? I know these these things to be true, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen