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Hi I'm Carole

I have lived in Utah for the past fifty four years as a wife, mother of six, grandmother of twenty one.

About Me

My greatest joy in life is being a mother to six children and a grandmother to twenty one grandchildren. All of my children and grandchildren are strong members of the LDS church. My husband died twelve years ago and since then I have tried to fill my life with good things. I continued to teacher high school for another ten years after I became a widow and now plan to go on a mission which is thrilling to me. I've studied English, French, and education and have a Masters Degree and I had a twenty eight year teaching career. My interests are gardening, reading, and travel. I have been to thirty five countries so far and hope to visit many more. Travel is a great way to learn about people, their lives, their cultures, and civilizations. Reading is also a great way to learn--it opens the world to those who can't travel. Great literature is a wonderful way to learn about what makes people tick. Plays, concerts, and art exhibits are other things I love.

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ has always been strong. I can't remember a time when I didn't believe in the Savior and his plan for us. I know that we existed in a prior life and that we were sent to earth to learn and to be tried and tested and that we are loved and watched over continually. When we leave this earth, we return to our Heavenly Father and meet again with our loved ones who have gone before. I have never doubted the truths in the Bible and The Book of Mormon. That doesn't mean that I'm perfect or that I've never sinned, but it does mean that the Savior has atoned for my sins after I have done all that I can to repent and come near to him again. Every time I take the sacrament, it is an opportunity to have my sins removed and a chance to rededicate my life to Him. His sacrifice makes up the difference in what I am able to do and what is required to be saved. I love God and his Son, Jesus Christ, with all my heart and know that all of my blessings come from them. I pray that I will be able to return to them and have them say to me, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into thy rest." We are a missionary family because we want to share the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ with all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Five of my six children have served missions and four of my oldest grandchildren have served or are serving missions to carry the message of the Savior to places throughout the earth. It's not a sacrifice; it's an honor to serve the Lord. We love him and he loves us--each and every one on the earth. Being active and serving in our church is our idea of "paying it forward" because we can never, ever thank him enough for our blessings.

How I live my faith

As a member of the church I have had almost every calling there is in the gospel. I've worked many years with the youth and have served as a teacher and leader since I was a fifteen year old organist. I've come to learn that when I am given a calling and I don't feel qualified, if I just do my best, my Heavenly Father will make the way easier for me. I was a terrible organist at first, but gradually learned to play the hymns well enough. Since then, I have had many callings I felt incapable of filling, but things always seem to work out fine. Working with the youth was the most rewarding and fun experience. I love working with the women in my ward as a teacher and as a visiting teacher. I've made many wonderful friends through interacting with all of the women in my ward (like a parish). My visiting teachers have been visiting me every month since I moved into my new house thirteen years ago and we have become close friends. I know I can call on them any time and they will be there to help me immediately. Between working in education and in the church, my life has been rich indeed.