Hi I'm Carolyn
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 can your talents and gifts bless others?
Every person has gifts and talents. In our world today we often think about being talented in music, art, mathematics, or something of that sort. But some of the most important gifts are those of being kind, of always having a smile, of being able to touch others with a loving word, of being there for someone when things get tough. I believe that Heavenly Father gave us these talents for us to use. To me it would be like someone giving you a very expensive gift and you put it away in a vault and never use it. That is ingratitude. He gave us these gifts and talents so we can grow, progress and help Him by serving others. Humility is not saying "Oh, I'm not good at anything". It's saying "I have the ability to ..... and I am so grateful to Heavenly Father for blessing me with this talent". By acknowledging and using the gifts the Lord gave us, we can bless others whether it is by singing a soft lullaby to a neighbor's child, knowing when someone needs kind words, or painting a beautiful piece of art. By doing this you will find you are blessed as well.
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.