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Hi I'm Carol Ann

I'm a High School English/Speech/Drama Teacher from Arkansas and Missouri. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a studious person who loves to learn new things. I'm always reading, watching documentaries, and mostly just asking questions whenever I can. I love comparing my knowledge and experiences to other people's experiences and opinions, and then sharing what I've learned. I'm also a very creative person, and whether it's writing a poem or story, cooking a meal, designing and producing a play, or reupholstering furniture, I find joy and fulfillment in making something for others to enjoy. But I would have to say that the thing I enjoy most in the world is teaching. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the light come on in someone's eyes and hearing, "wow, I never thought I'd be able to do/know that!"

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and remember feeling the comfort and surety of the Spirit of God as my mother read the scriptures to us, and when I participated in our local meetings. I remember watching the General Conference Broadcasts twice every year, and I just knew that the speakers were called of God to teach us truth. But these experiences could only take me so far. For most of my life I did the church thing because that was what my family did, and while I did not doubt the truth of it, I had also never given any other alternative serious thought. When I went away to college I continued to follow the pattern of attending church, but I often struggled. I felt alone and unimportant, and I wondered why my life felt so empty. This was the first time that I considered what life would be like without the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This was the first time I asked, "How do I know that it is true?" and, "Who would know or care if I just stopped going to church?" But when I considered my life without the word of God found in the scriptures, when I considered my life without the guidance and direction of Church leaders, when I considered my life without the protection and comfort of the Priesthood, and when I considered my life without the peace and direction of the Holy Spirit, my soul was filled with despair and I knew that God the Father and Jesus Christ truly came to Joseph Smith in a sacred grove and restored the fullness of the Gospel to the earth again. I knew that the scriptures testified of Christ, and I knew that I knew too much to walk away. As I reflected on these truths and the spiritual experiences I had throughout my life, I felt the familiar wash of the Spirit come over me and was filled with Joy to know that my Savior knew me and my challenges. I felt that I had never been left alone, but I had to make the choice for myself, and I chose to follow the answer God gave me in my youth: to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living my faith has always been important to me. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories, and then finding ways to serve them and help them feel how important they are to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I try to see everyone as God sees them, and then it becomes easy to find ways to serve. I love planning and hosting activities that help the people in my community come together and build lasting friendships, and especially love working with the youth as I teach and participate in school activities. It's important to me that the youth have positive roll models in their lives--adults who listen to them and take an interest in the experiences and challenges they face and help them reach their full potential.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Carol Ann
The most important thing about reading the scriptures, for me, is that I am able to understand the nature of God and recognize the patterns of how He interacts with us, His children. The scriptures are full of men and women who sought God and had personal experiences with Him; these stories help me know how to find God for myself, and how to recognize His works in my life because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Show more Show less