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Hi I'm Carla

I grew up in California and Utah. I'm a mother of 9, stepmother of 4, grandmother of 30 and great grandmother of 2. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent the first part of my adult life as a stay-at home mom, but became a single mother with 7 children still at home in my early 40s. Music had been my passion prior to having children and I have continued to love singing and playing the piano, but after having my children--they became my true life's passion. In addition to raising my children, I enrolled at a local University and graduated with a BSW in 1998--at age 48--and then also did some post graduate work in my field--proving that it's never too late to gain more education. In 1999, after most of my children were raised, I married the love of my life and moved to beautiful South Carolina, where we lived for 10 wonderful years. As wonderful as that experience was we topped it when in 2009 my husband's work transferred him to the UK where we spent an amazing 26 months and traveled through much of the UK and also a fair amount of European countries. At this point in my life Family History work has become a passion I never expected in my life. I love learning about my ancestors and the things they did in their lives. It seems like the more I learn about them, the more I understand about myself and the more connected I feel to them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family that was descended from the pioneers who came to Utah in the 1850s. My parents were very active in the church all of their lives. As I grew up they were very quick to share their beliefs with me. They taught me about God and Jesus Christ from a very early age. I learned about prayer and faith in God very early and remember having some very powerful answers to my prayers from a very young age. That said, there was a time in my life when everything seemed to fall apart--some of those that I loved made choices that hurt me very badly and I began to question everything I had ever believed. For several weeks during the worst of those hard times I stayed in this mode of thinking--until one day I decided that I wasn't going to let another day go by without me doing my best to find out--I wanted confirmation that there was a God--that He was my father--that He loved me and that Hewould indeed hear and answer my prayers. I wanted confirmation that the things I had always believed were true

How I live my faith

I recently served in our congregation as the leader of all women 18 years of age and older. This involved the responsibility of watch care for around 140 women. What a sweet experience it was to get to know these women--to come to love them and care about their struggles and needs. Now my husband and I teach a class about the Old Testament to four amazing 11 year olds. They are so smart and we have come to love each one of them. There are also two women that I watch over. One is a single mother of 7 whom I have been able to mentor due to the experiences I have had as a single mother. The other women is new to our neighborhood and it has been wonderful to get to know her and to help her feel at home and also to help her to get to know some of the other women better.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

My husband served a mission when he was young--not because he had to--at the time we were in the middle of the Vietnam War and many young men weren't able to serve missions due to the importance of military service. He was able to serve and then returned from his mission to join the Air Force. We are now in our sixties and have recently received a call to serve a mission together. We consider this call to be a great opportunity for growth. We love people and love to have the opportunity to serve others. Our parents, my grandparents and great grandparents all served missions and we are grateful to have the opportunity to follow this great tradition. Show more Show less