Hi I'm Carolyn
I'm a college professor in science education, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. I'm a Mormon.
I went back to school as a mother of five young children to get a teaching degree and began teaching science in secondary schools. I earned a Masters of Education in gifted education and then, with the enthusiastic support of my family, went to graduate school to get a doctorate in Biological Education. I teach teachers and people who are studying to become teachers. I teach science - mostly biology - and how to teach science. The kids grew up in the middle of all this and we now have eight grandchildren. I am married and we live in the woods with our two cats and a bird. Besides teaching and being a wife, mom and nana, I like to crochet, hike, and use technology. In my job I have created virtual world activities to teach science. I've also used the technology to make many friends from around the world - some Mormons, some not.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised in a protestant church but we did not go regularly through much of my life. As I got to my teenage years, I began to feel a need to know more about God so I began reading the Bible and praying. I became more dissatisfied with a few of the doctrinal points in my church. I knew for sure that God and Jesus were not one and the same. It made no sense to me that the Savior would be praying to himself. I also had problems believing that all non-Christians were automatically going to hell. That was incomprehensible if God was a loving Father. So when a high school friend began telling me about his new religion I found I already had some important beliefs. When I began reading the Book of Mormon I knew immediately that it is the word of God. It is impossible for me to deny that. I'll share with you some of the most important things I have learned since becoming Mormon. Most important to me is that I am literally, truly and loved daughter of Heavenly Father. I feel His love. I have learned to cling to the scriptures - not just touch them as I walk by, but cling to them as a guide through life. I have learned not to listen to my discouragement or fears but, with my Heavenly Father's help, I can push forward. I am so grateful for this knowledge and for the scriptures - all of them (the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price) - and for a prophet who can guide us today.
How I live my faith
At church I have had almost every calling (or job) there is to have. I've spent many years teaching children. When I travel I often volunteer to help out in the children's organization. It always brings a smile on my face to see little ones. I've also taught adult classes and for the college program. I love to teach and find it is a way to serve my Heavenly Father. In my job as a professor, I find that realizing that each and every student is a child of God helps me to be a better teacher. By showing respect, kindness, understanding and love to my students, I also influence their future students.