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Hi I'm Carol Ann

I grew up on a small farm in Nebraska, USA. I went to college, got married, and moved to St. Louis, Missouri. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Right after I got married, I taught school. When the children began coming, I stayed home to raise them. I never really expected to have six children, but it turned out that way, and was just right! Music has always been part of my life. I took piano lessons first and then played trombone in the school band. I've enjoyed using those skills throughout my life. You might be surprised to find a great grandma in the trombone section of the community concert band, but that would be me! Piano and organ players are always welcome in Church meetings and I've played for a lot of them over the years. Choir director has also been one of my titles. Of course, I have sung in choirs all along and even now am part of the local community college choir. Another interest I have is puzzles of all kinds. I enjoy solving a crossword puzzle or other pencil and paper challenge, as well as zig saw puzzles. This falls right into place with the most interesting "puzzle" that I love: genealogy. I like to organize my family tree and the stories that I find about all of the people who lived so long ago.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been involved in religious activity and grew up in a wonderful family that went to Church every week. In fact, my great grandfather was a minister. I had a deep love for the Savior and the Bible. As I grew up and went away to college, I began looking for answers to some questions I had regarding repentance and forgiveness. I just didn't know how it worked. I knew Jesus had died for our sins, but I wanted to understand it more completely. When I "bumped into" the Mormon Church I started to read some books in the city library. Then I called the Church and met with the missionaries. My religious understanding began to expand and I was baptized in 1964. I continue to learn, and expect that will always be so, even after all these years. I still love the Savior and know He lives! I still love the Bible and have added the Book of Mormon as another witness that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer. My love for my Heavenly Father has grown, as has my appreciation for the wonderful influence of the Holy Ghost as a Comforter and guide in my life. I know I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father who wants me to return to live with Him someday.

How I live my faith

In addition to the music activities I've already mentioned, I volunteer in the community with the CERT program and as a HAM radio operator. These groups are designed to help in the event of an emergency. I have taught Sunday School classes with various age groups, from age 3 to 103. Helping people learn is very rewarding, and it helps me at the same time. Being a good neighbor is just as important as anything I have ever done. I think that is the true test of living ones faith.