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Hi I'm Carole

I grew up in England where I was raised Catholic & then became a Quaker. I joined the Church aged 16.

About Me

I converted to the church when I was 16, having previously been a Catholic and then a Quaker. I am married with four children whom I home educate. I have a degree in Ecology and love nature, the outdoors, the environment and science in general, especially when related to our bodies, minds and health. I love learning about how our bodies and spirits are interconnected. I love being a mother and find great joy in nurturing my children & spending time with my family. We love hiking, camping, castles, beaches, mountains & glens, exercise and using our imagination :) I also enjoy gardening, reading, meditating, and having a peaceful, tidy home (not that that last one happens very often ...). I love meeting new people and treasure my friends very much - I'm grateful for modern technology helping me keep in touch with people all over the globe.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1992 I had been attending Quaker meetings for around 3 years as a teenager, and loved the peace they gave me. I had begun looking into how Quakerism began, and just as I was finding out that George Fox, the founder, had felt that all churches were constructs of man, and were no longer true to all that the Bible taught, I received a visit from two sister missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I still vividly remember that first discussion, during which I learned of Joseph Smith and his prayer to find out which of the many churches was true. I was reminded of George Fox's conviction when I learned that in answer to Joseph's prayer, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ came to him and taught him that since the crucifixion of the Saviour the pure doctrine He had taught while on the earth had become diluted and changed in many aspects, and that the church He had organised and the authority He had given to administer the ordinances of the gospel had been changed and lost. I learned that Joseph Smith was chosen and called by God to be the Prophet of the Restoration, and was given authority by God to organise the church of Jesus Christ as Christ had done when He was on the earth, and to administer the ordinances of the gospel once more. I learned of The Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, which is a record kept by the people of the American continent, similar to the record kept by the Israelites and Jews in the East (the Bible). As I was taught about these things I felt an overwhelming feeling that it was from God, and that this knowledge I was being given would change my life. The missionaries asked me to read and pray about all they had taught me. I did, and was baptised two weeks later. I love being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It brings me joy, peace, direction & comfort.

How I live my faith

Each morning I meditate, pray and read or listen to scriptures or talks by our church leaders. My belief that Jesus Christ is my Saviour affects every choice that I make throughout each day - I want to be loving, kind & compassionate, and to lift people with positive input. Our faith asks a lot of us, but I have found that the more I give the more peace and joy I receive. I know that if I nurture my relationship with my Father in Heaven & keep it strong & vibrant, I will be empowered to have much to give. If I neglect this relationship then I feel a loss of power to direct my life and everything seems more of a struggle. As a family we also meditate (briefly!), pray and read the scriptures together each day, and hold Family Home Evening each Monday during which we play games together or have a discussion or short lesson about something Jesus taught. Both my husband & I have callings within the church which take up time during the week as well as on Sundays. I help run the youth group and have also just been given the responsibility of representing the church in our local Interfaith Association. On Sundays we attend church together, unless my husband has to visit other Wards or Branches, when I attend our local Ward with our 4 children and am very grateful for all the help and support the other members give to ensure my children have a positive experience each Sunday.