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Hi I'm Carolyn

I'm a college professor in science education, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Carolyn
Once upon a time I was a spirit being, before coming to this earth as a baby. I had a father there and he loved me more than any human father could possibly love and I know that's a lot. He is my Heavenly Father. He knows me. I am His daughter. I can talk to Him and He will listen and bless me. When I am having hard times, He is there to comfort me. I know this to be true. He is perfect and powerful but He is also my loving Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Carolyn
It's simple but not easy. You must ask God. People may tell you it's true but you have to know for yourself. And the only way to know is to get the answer from Heavenly Father himself. I think the hardest thing for people to understand is that you must have real intention. You must really want to know and to be willing to hear the answer. You need an open heart and open mind. Read the scriptures, listen to the teachings of others, read church books and magazines. But ultimately you have to go to your Heavenly Father. It's unlikely you'll see an angel but you will feel a warm peace when you are choosing right. When something is true, you will feel it with all your being. Show more Show less