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Hi I'm Carol Anne Hudson

I was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. My husband and I have raised a family of 5 children and I was a stay at home mom.

About Me

I am a mother of four girls and one boy. I was happy to stay home with them while my husband went to work to support us financially. I like crafts, music, and when the kids were grown I started selling online.. I loved finding vintage "treasures". especially toys. Our children married and moved away to many different places, so I spent a lot of time travelling around to visit them and help them with their families.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon?I became an Osmond fan in my first year of high school. I loved your music & started reading anything I could get my hands on about their family. I noticed that you had a great family bond and that you were very clean cut, friendly and loving. I began to model my ideals after yours: No smoking, drugs or drinking. I tried to find out about their beliefs so I could understand what made them different.I never really thought about joining the Mormon church. I figured you stayed with the religion you born into. My parents took us to see the Osmonds in Las Vegas for a world class show.In July 1974 we arrived in Las Vegas at the Tropicana. We found the Stage Door & waited there for most of the day hoping to meet the Osmonds. We ran into Mr. Osmond in the hall. A lot of fans were talking to him. A middle aged man came up to Mr. Osmond & asked if there was any way he could meet any of the Osmonds because he wanted to thank them for something. Mr. Osmond looked at the fans & said "why don't you all come backstage" He went back & got Donny and Marie to meet us. Then this man came up to Donny. He shook his hand & said " I wanted to thank you & your whole family for being such great examples. Because of you, we investigated the Mormon Church & now my whole family got baptized." Donny's face lit up as he heard this. As the two of them shook hands & talked, it seemed to me that they GLOWED. There was an aura around them.I look back now & believe that the Holy Ghost testified to me at that time that I needed to go out to this church & see for myself. They were so happy. How could joining a certain church make you so happy, I thought. We would find the Mormon church as soon as we got back home. We walked to the church that Sunday. The Bishop's family were speaking about the role of Father, Mother and the children in a family. The spirit there was unlike anything I had ever felt at my church. We were about to leave after that meeting , when a girl came up to us...

How I live my faith

introduced herself, and asked "What Elders are you here with?" I said "What's an Elder?" and she said. "wait here! I'll be right back!" She brought over two missionaries who introduced themselves. I asked, "How do we go about joining your church?" (jumping the gun a bit!) they kind of giggled which I thought was weird and they said they had several discussions they would have to give us. I said "OK but how long before we can get baptized?" Now the missionaries were downright giddy! Later I learned why. They wanted to tell us why that were laughing that Sunday.They said a prayer & told Heavenly Father that they felt they had done all they could, & please send them someone to teach. The next Sunday I asked them how to go about joining the church! I had a lot of things to learn. I had always felt close to Heavenly Father & Jesus, so prayer was natural for me & I soon believed that this was the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I had never been so happy. I loved everything they taught me. When I heard the Plan of Salvation I felt like I had come home. Like I had known this all before.Finding the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ strengthened my faith in Jesus Christ, taught me about where I came from, why i am her on earth, and where I am going. I know I can live with Heavenly Father again if I live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you want to find joy, peace and truth, let the missionaries teach you! .My husband & I are now serving a mission in Wellington New Zealand,where we preside over 250 missionaries, teaching and training them in how to share the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the doctrine of Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by one holding the Priesthood authority, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. We have left behind our family for three years, knowing that that God loves all mankind and wants them to return to Him someday. We know the way back, and we want our brothers and sisters to learn this too.