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Hi I'm Caroline

I'm a recent college graduate learning to be a "grown-up." I'm an avid reader and a cycling enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent college graduate, trying to figure out how to navigate the "grown-up world." I like to relax by cooking, reading, and biking (though not usually at the same time). My family is extremely important to me, and my three brothers and I have a fabulous time teasing each other when we get together. I get really excited when I'm wearing cool socks, especially if they match the rest of my outfit for the day and have a freshwater shark for a pet.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer is that I am Mormon because I feel peace from participating in this Church. Although I've been a member for my entire life, in high school I decided that I wanted to know for myself that the Church was true before committing the rest of my life to it. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to the Lord; after that prayer I felt such a feeling of peace rush over me, and the thought suddenly hit my mind, "of course the Church is true. That's why you're so happy here." I truly believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that we can receive inspiration from the Lord to guide us in troubled times, and that families can be together forever. I have built my life around those beliefs, and they bring me more joy than anything else in the world.

How I live my faith

In the New Testament, Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to love their fellowmen and then, later, to feed His sheep. Both of those commandments equate to a responsibility to serve those around us and help them have the love of Christ in their lives. I try to live up to that expectation and live my faith by serving others in whatever capacity I can. Currently I'm serving the Lord as a full-time missionary in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Caroline
The Lord has given us everything that we have in our lives. He asks us to return ten percent of our increase to His Church in order to build His kingdom. When we exercise faith by paying tithing, the Lord is able to give us additional blessings. I know from personal experience that the Lord blesses us for paying tithing. After living in the dorms during my first year in college I decided that I wanted to move into an apartment. I started looking in early February for an apartment to move into in May, but was struggling to find anything. As the weeks rolled on, I became discouraged and frustrated. There just didn't seem to be any apartments available within my price range. During the time I was apartment hunting, I started a new job. As soon as I received my first paycheck, I felt impressed that I needed to pay my tithing. I almost brushed the impression aside, rationalizing that I would need the money if I had to rent a more expensive apartment. However, the impression came again, and I followed it and paid tithing on the check I had received. Just a few days after I did so, I found an apartment where the rent was well within my price range. I ended up living there until I graduated from college. I know that the opportunity to move into that apartment was a blessing from the Lord for faithfully paying tithing. Tithing and all other commandments are opportunities for us to put our trust in the Lord. When we do so, He will always bless us. Show more Show less