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Hi I'm Carrie

I grew up in Florida. I'm a preschool special education teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah and raised in Florida. I am the youngest of four. I just graduated from college and am now working in Virginia as a preschool special education teacher. I love working with children. During my free time, I love traveling, playing the piano, Latin dancing, and playing basketball and other sports. I enjoy going to the beach when I get the chance. I have started to experiment with cooking and enjoy trying new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember when I was a little girl going to church every Sunday and reading scriptures and praying as a family every morning before school. We always had family home evening, which is where you get together as a family to strengthen your relationship with each other and the Savior. I never doubted that it was true. I believe every person has to gain their own testimony of something. No one can make you believe anything, you need to find out what you believe for yourself. One way that you can find something out is by praying and asking God. I remember as a child being challenged to do this. With full faith and curiosity of what would result from this experience, I knelt down and prayed about the Book of Mormon. I had just finished reading it with my mom and brother while everyone else was at school or work. The feeling that I got was peace and I felt good. Since this time, I have continued to study the scriptures, both the Book of Mormon and the Bible to strengthen my testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that as I learn more about my Savior by studying the scriptures, attending church, serving others, and praying, I become a better person and more like Christ. I am not a Mormon because anyone told me what to believe or that I should be Mormon. I am a Mormon because I have studied and prayed to ask God. I have been blessed in so many ways and have seen so many miracles in my life. Every time I hear the prophet and apostles speak, I feel the power of God and what they say makes me want to be a better person. Things that are from God make us want to be better. I know that God loves us, we are all His children, and he will never leave us helpless. He is always there to hear and answer our prayers.

How I live my faith

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you are given different opportunities to serve in the church. No one is paid, it is all voluntary. During my time in the church, I have served in many areas. Some of them include playing the piano for the congregation during sacrament meeting, where we all meet together. I have also played the piano for the children when they meet all together for singing time. I have also played for the youth and women when they meet for their class. I have been in charge of organizing activities for the women on a monthly basis where they meet together to build unity, service, love, and knowledge. A calling that the women of the church have is visiting other sisters and lending service when they are in need. As a visiting teacher you visit sisters once a month and by doing so you build friendships that may not have been formed other wise. Right now I am a teacher and one Sunday each month I teach a lesson to the women about a principle or doctrine of the church, such as faith, charity, service, etc. Each calling in the church provides an opportunity to serve others and also to strengthen the person who has the calling. There are some things that you may feel that you are inadequate to do, but by doing it, you grow as a person and gain new talents. You are never alone and the church would not function with only one person doing all the work. It helps build unity between the members.