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Hi I'm Carrie

I was born and raised in Southern California, and now reisde in Utah. I'm a single mother of 3 children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My dueling careers were in mortgage banking/finance and acting/modeling. These diverse endeavors were predicted by my father when I was just an infant. He said I was born with a briefcase in one hand, and a pair of sunglasses in the other! While I grew up in an LDS home and was baptized at age 8, my parents were not very happily married and eventually divorced when I was only 12. The divorce fractured our family and our LDS religion wasn't being practiced much after that. As a child our family moved around a lot, and I felt it was difficult to connect with kids around me - I didn't fit into any 'molds' of a LDS person, nor did I fit into any of the 'molds' of the friends whom I had who were not LDS. It caused me to wonder just where I did fit in? After a long time living in the 'fast lane' in Southern California, and nearly loosing my life to a drug addiction, I had a miraculous event which occured on April 3, 1988, which was Easter Sunday. How befitting it is to me now - that Easter I was born-again. And I have been active in my LDS faith ever since.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a 'Mormon' means so many different things. Even the word 'Mormon' denotes many different things like it is the name of the ancient prophet who wrote upon plates of metal and abridged an ancient record of his people and how they arrived in the America's. Mormon was a GREAT man and I am honored that we have his name to distinguish us! Also being Mormon means I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as it was restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith in the early 1800's. Even though it can be said that I was 'born into the church', I was truly converted on that fateful Easter morning back in 1988. I don't take anything for granted, and I do not ever say 'why me' because I feel it is pointless to do so. Every day is a gift and I try to live each day as such and honor my Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ with complete fidelity and dedication. I trust in the Lord with all my heart, mind, and strength, and know they are watching over me and guiding me through this maze called 'life' with so many rich experiences and blessings.

How I live my faith

For many years I have taught in the Primary program. Teaching and working with young children is such a delight and a real blessing. It seems like I have the attitude of a child (not childish), just child-like. These precious young people are so eager to learn about the Savior Jesus Christ and his Gospel. What a blessing it is to have the Gospel fully restored upon the earth today! Jesus Christ lives, and I try every day to live as he does. While I am FAR from perfect, I have learned however, that I can be perfect in some things, like paying tithing, attending my meetings, keeping the commandments, and my favorite - attending the Temple often.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Carrie
I don't feel my lifestyle is that much different from other U.S. 'Mormons' and also my friends who are of different faiths live a pretty similar lifestyle to mine too. What differentiates my life from those without any religion or faith is fairly obvious. Things like multiple daily family prayers, scripture study, not using foul language, not taking the Lord's name in vain, living ALL the commandments, dressing modestly (not backward or ugly either), holding weekly family nights, doing acts of service both big and small, living the law of chastity. These are just a few things that I would say separates me and my family from the crowd. Like many single mothers raising children on their own, I live pretty close to a tight budget! Since I have a young daughter still living at home, I established my own small business which I run from home which enables me to be more involved in the day-to-day aspects of her life. I have been very blessed in this area of my life and am beyond grateful for the opportunity to be (for the most part) a stay-at-home mom. Show more Show less