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Hi I'm Carla

I grew up in California. I'm a mother of 5 and grandmother of 11. I like to quilt and volunteer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have taught high school home economics, preschoolers, teen parents and families with special needs. Can you see that I love teaching? I love to see the sparkle in someone's eyes and satisfaction on their faces as they discover something new. Playing with young grandchildren is my most fun thing of all. I can share in their enthusiasm for life. Sewing and quilting allow me to share in an art form that people have enjoyed throughout history and around the world. Researching my family history is fun detective work and also helps me feel a closeness to my ancestors and other family members. As we have moved a lot in our married life, we have had the privilege of meeting many different people and discovering their particular gifts and talents that make our world together so wonderful. Being the mother of five children hasn't always been easy, but through the challenges we have met some very courageous and caring people, received help and training from a lot of agencies, and continue to feel the Lord's watchful care over all.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was eighteen I wondered if there was a God. Then in a walk past the cow barns at college (no one else could stand the smell, so I could be alone) my questions were answered. God lives and is real. I felt His love in a powerful way. Since there is a God, He must have a church that is His. I looked and studied until I found a church where I had the same exact witness as when I discovered God was real. That happened in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been a Mormon since 1972.

How I live my faith

Each Sunday I make covenants with God. During the week I try to live within healthy standards, help others, and serve in church. I receive guidance and strength by reading scriptures daily and praying to Heavenly Father. My husband is my best fried. Helping him and my family succeed and be happy are priorities for me. Currently my service in the church is as a Compassionate Service leader which allows me to reach out in love to those in need. Helping others in the community includes doing scouting, helping families who have loved ones with mental illness.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

My brother was killed by a truck while riding his bicycle when he was twelve years old. A few years later I learned about the Mormon church and was baptized. I learned that with the restoration of the gospel, priesthood power and authority of God were also restored. Jesus's atonement was for all mankind, past and present. Baptism is an essential ordinance. I felt such peace and joy from my baptism. I wanted my brother to have the same opportunity. Because of the Savior, even though my brother has passed on, he is free to choose to accept or reject my service on his behalf. This is one way I could continue to show my love to my brother and my Savior. Show more Show less