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Hi I'm Jolie Cavaretta

I'm from Louisiana (geaux Saints!). I'm a convert. I'm serving in Carlsbad, California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family is very Southern and by definition that means they are extremely outspoken. I've spent my whole life with people that love to dance and sing and just have a good time! I strongly believe that life is what you make it, and I'm on a mission because I want my life to be for my Heavenly Father. He created this world, He sent us here to discover ourselves, and now that I know the truth I'm going to bring it to everyone that I can. I'm serving in the Carlsbad, California Mission, and I couldn't imagine a better place for me to be right now. When you are in the service of others, you're in the service of God. When you're in the service of God, you're in the service of yourself. Help others, help God, help YOU. That's what I live by.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion was somewhat long because my mom and step dad were completely against it. I met my best friend Ashlee when I was in middle school, and she's the one that taught me about the LDS Church. Her example and teaching was interesting to me for reasons I still don't quite understand. I was drawn to the light about her and her family. One night when I was 14 I went off on my own to pray and I asked Heavenly Father to tell me if the Church was true. I asked Him if this was the path I was meant to take, and the Spirit literally filled me with a yes. I knew from then on that it was true, so I focused on learning more about it. All the while hiding my studies from my parents because every time I tried to talk about it they would argue with me. I know this is the true Church on this Earth because Heavenly Father has told me. We are judged by the fruits that we bear, and what church bears better fruit than this one? I also know that Jesus came down and sacrificed himself so that we can all be saved. Heavenly Father, Jesus, and the Spirit all know our hearts and are there to help us accomplish great things while on this Earth. All we have to do is seek after it. My testimony builds every day and God has sent people into my life that teach and guide me just as He would.

How I live my faith

Every church building I've attended since I joined the LDS church has called me to be a teacher. I love it! When I went to a family ward, they called me to teach the 6yr olds. As a convert, it scared me to death to have that responsibility, but it was almost like I was teaching myself while I was teaching them. When I moved to a singles ward, they called me to teach Relief Society. That was even scarier because young adults who grew up in the Church knew much more than 6yr olds. I learned to ask questions that I didn't know the answer to so that the women would answer for me. Again it was as if I was being taught more than them. Eventually they called me to also be a visiting teaching supervisor, making sure the girls did their teaching each month. It's so important to get involved in church because it helps you get to know the people there, and that's why we organized churches in the first place, right? They're meant to bring us together to worship and learn. Now I'm on a full-time mission, teaching others like me who need a little help bringing the Gospel so fully into their lives. Patience, diligence, and love are my very best friends.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jolie Cavaretta
I'm choosing to answer this one because, as a missionary, I get asked this question all the time. The way I see it is like this: you're driving down the road and suddenly you hear an ice cream truck behind you. The guy driving the truck tells you to pull over. You pull to the side of the road and this man tries to give you a ticket for speeding. Are you going to pay that? No. You're going to rip it up and laugh because that man has no authority to issue you a ticket. Now, if a cop does the same thing, YOU PAY IT, because he has the authority. It's no surprise that the things of God relate directly to certain aspects of life, that's the way Christ taught his disciples (parables). Therefore, it's no surprise that we would need to be baptized by proper authority in order for it to be valid. That's not to say that any baptism done in the name of Christ is bad, however it must be done by the authority given from God in order to have the full and everlasting effect. How can we know who has the right authority? Read. Go to church. Pray about it. He always shows us the way to truth. Show more Show less