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Hi I'm Carol Stowell

I'm gardener, preserver of fruits and veggies, enjoyer of interior color and design, homemaker and cook! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Looking back at a full, challenging and blessed life of 69 years, with a stalwart husband and 5 sons, I am so grateful for all we have experienced as a family. Farming for 30 years kept us in daily communication with our Heavenly Father. Being close to the earth we felt close to God and his creations. Walking through newly plowed or harvested fields we could savor earthy smells. At harvest time, the colors of golden wheat, ripe corn, green broccoli brought a special satisfaction. Living the "law of the harvest", we saw the results of His answers to many prayers regarding our crops as well as family matters. My husband and I particularly enjoyed the summers when teenage boys came to help us irrigate our crops. Many are the stories of what we choose to call “learning experiences” as we all grew together, and the memories are as sweet as Oregon strawberries in June! It has been satisfying to see the successes of these young men as they have matured. In these our golden years, my husband and I support and enjoy our sons, their wives and our 24 grandchildren. They live in 5 different states, so thank goodness for Skype, cell phones and texting. Summer reunions are so much fun! I am so grateful for the influence of the gospel in their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Some 48 years ago, some young adult members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared their belief with me. I had never known about the Church or had the slightest thought of changing religions. I listened to them mostly out of politeness. Over time, as I took the opportunity to learn more about the doctrines they knew, I had an impression of hearing truth that I had not heard before. The more I associated with young adults at Oregon State University, the more I knew I wanted to be a part of what they "had". After several months of study, I made the decision to be baptized. By simply living the principles of the gospel as I came to know and understand them, I simply know that God is my Heavenly Father, the Atonement of Jesus Christ blesses me personally, the Book of Mormon truly is the word of God and inspires me every time I read it. Through personal prayer I know Joseph Smith was a prophet. Having accepted the invitation to be a member through simple faith, I am so grateful for that opportunity. My life has been so full. Yours can be too.

How I live my faith

Teaching in the church, both younger and older members, has been a challenging and humbling experience. Since truth is taught only through the influence of the Holy Ghost, the responsibility of teaching is tremendous. The gospel of Jesus Christ has become very real to me because of this. opportunity. Family history work has also been a gratifying experience for me, especially when I can find that “missing link” or help others to develop an interest in knowing family who have gone before. My Czech history has been particularly unique. Many people have helped me with this research and it is always fun to have contact with them. There is a peace in knowing families can be united for eternity through gospel covenants. We have volunteered for 18 months at the BYU Idaho Family History Library and assisted students in finding their family lines. That was so amazing! I have also gained an appreciation for culture and heritage, especially since residing in Haiti for 4 months, Maryland for 18 months, and now in Georgia for a year while serving missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have seen much goodness in these people in spite of many challenges in their lives. It is a joy to share with them my personal knowledge that I am a daughter of God and that He has a plan of happiness for all of us, centered in Jesus Christ.