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Hi I'm Carlee

I love to travel, explore, and learn about different cultures. I love baking and experimenting with food. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love doing weird things, like dancing in the rain and having flour fights - things that are just fun and random! I have seven younger siblings; they have pretty good senses of humor and love thinking of strange things to do together (my littlest brother and I have a date to paint pickles, next time I visit home). Cooking is one of my passions, and I am constantly looking for new recipes to try, especially those that seem a little weird, such as pickle soup - which is amazing! I also love travelling, although I haven't done much yet! I spent last summer in Uganda, and it was *amazing*. I really hope to visit other parts of Africa later in life and learn more about the cultures and languages there. I am going to college right now, and I graduate in April with a degree in Psychology (I still can't believe I'm old enough to graduate). I hope to become a social worker after I go to graduate school. I'm not sure what field I want to work in, but I believe that whatever I do will be both challenging and rewarding. I love life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church, but that doesn't mean that I've always mindlessly believed everything my parents and the Church have taught me. When I was in the early years of high school, I decided to get my own belief of what I had been taught and, following the Book of Mormon's guidelines of studying it out in your heart and praying earnestly for an answer, I did. In my later years of college, I started having trouble with some of the Church's principles and beliefs. My friend and I talked about leaving the Church because we were having trouble reconciling our personal beliefs and values with those of the Church. I decided that I needed to really take time before making a decision to leave - a decision that would impact not just what I did on Sundays, but how I lived my entire life. Well, I reapplied what I did in my teenage years. I spent a lot of time praying, reading the scriptures, and pondering things out. I tried harder than I ever have to be a good Church member - I wanted to do things right so that I knew I could trust whatever answer I got. And, as I am making a profile on mormon.org, it should be pretty clear that the answer I got was that this Church is true. Now, I'm not saying that I completely understand everything the Church teaches. There is a lot I don't understand, and that I probably won't understand in this life. But what I do know is that God is greater than me, and everything He does (including withholding some knowledge) is to ensure my happiness. I know that He might not give me the answers I want when I pray (or give them to me when I want), but I know that He is always listening and always willing to help. I know that this is the true Church of God, and that abiding by its precepts will help me change and grow into a much better person than I could be on my own. This religion isn't just something I do on Sundays - it's my life.

How I live my faith

Because I go to college with a lot of other Mormon people, I go to a ward where nearly everyone is the same age as me (except for our leaders). It's really fun to get to know everyone, especially through our home teaching program - I have learned so much from the boys who visit me and share gospel messages. I am shy when it comes to visiting teaching, but I'm getting better. I love to cook for the girls I visit teach teach so that I can give them some of my spiritual insights as well as some physical nourishment. I have had a lot of different callings. In the single's wards here, we have a lot of councils, and we rotate callings each semester. I have served on the service, missionary, temple, friendship (random), and FHE councils. The FHE one was the favorite - it stands for Family Home Evening. They split the apartments in our ward up to make "families" that met for an hour or two on Monday nights and did activities. I think we had four apartments in our group. I was the designated "mom" and I was in charge of the family with a boy (whom we called "dad" - we still joke about the time we were "married"). We really got to know the people in our family and had some good spiritual moments as well as fun activities.