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Hi I'm Carmen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Everytime anyone asks me what I like to do, I simply say that I love books, music and movies. I'm drawn to stories; hearing them, sharing them, and being in them. I see everyting as a story. I love stories so much that that is what I decided to do with my life. For as long as I can remember, I have loved holding a camera and shooting video. All growing up I made movies with my friends. When I graduated high school I decided to major in Communications, emphasizing in Video Productions. I was able to get a job at the college I attend in their AV department as a camera woman and editor and have loved every minute of it. There's nothing quite like the thrill of shooting a live event around a big audience. If you mess up, its on the big screen. In my spare time outside of classes and work playing music and reading books take up the bulk of my time. Although I've learned to play five other instruments, the guitar is my passion. It helps me relax and unwind and be creative outside of a studio or computer screen.

Why I am a Mormon

For a long time, I was a Mormon simply because that was how I was raised. I grew up in a predominately LDS community and was therefore a majority. It was easy then to be Mormon when everyone around you was. That changed when I decided to serve a full time mission. Before I applied to serve, I decided that it would be a really good idea to actually completely read the Book of Mormon since that was what I would be going out in the world to teach. I grew up hearing and reading some of the stories, but I was 20 years old and had never read the book myself. The promise of the Book of Mormon is if you read it and pray about it, then God will answer your prayers and you can know for yourself that what you read is all true. It was time that I needed to know for myself and not rely on my parents' faith. It took me a year to read it cover to cover and it was a struggle to get past the Old English. I'll never forget the night that I finally finished it. I was in my room at my college apartment and I knelt down to pray. Before I could even form the words to speak I felt a good, wholesome presence completely fill my soul. It was unlike anything I had ever felt before. It was a strong but good feeling. That's when I know that the Book of Mormon was true and that the Church was true, not something that was made up. An expeirence such as that could only come from above. When I left on my mission not much later, I was suddenly a minority and many times had my faith challenged. It was those times that I remembered that good feeling from God and that helped reconfirm what I believed in.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is not as hard as some people make it out to be, but it isn't a "Sunday only" thing either. We're encouraged to take what we learn in church on Sundays and then apply it in our lives. I get up in the mornings, say a prayer, read my scriptures and then go out into the day and try to be a good person like Christ taught. I don't believe its good enough to just know the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We should live it. I don't think I'm very different than a lot of good Christians who also try to live good lives. I try to be pleasent to those around me and treat them kindly. I'm not a perfect person, no where close. Living my faith is a day to day thing and I'm trying to improve myself each day so I can become more like Christ. I think it has a lot to do with the little things like what we say and how we act and how we live our lives.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, Mormons are Christians. But I can see where some people might not think so since we have the nickname of Mormon. The official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormon is simply a nickname that others gave us to define us; like Catholic, Baptist or Protestant. Christ is the center of our religion. He is at the head and leads and directs His church through living prophets; just like he did in the Bible with Noah, Abraham, and Moses. We learn through His example and teachings and try to apply His attributes in our lives. I know that there is no other way back to God's presence except through Jesus Christ. He lived for us, He died for us and He rose for us and He continues to live for us. Through His mercy, grace and merits, we can become clean from our sins and be made perfect and whole. Christ is the only one whom we worship. Show more Show less