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Hi I'm Carolyn

I became a Latter-day Saint (Mormon) at age 25 when my future husband baptized me, and I have never looked back.

About Me

I was raised a faithful Missionary Baptist by my parents and grandparents. I completed the Girls in Action (similar to Primary's Faith in God) and Acteens (similar to Young Women of Excellence) programs. In high school, the Bishop's son was a good friend and I worked for the Bishop one Summer as he was the County Trial Commissioner. My life during that time provided a great foundation for my future learning of the Gospel. After attending one year of college, I married at 19 and moved to Tennessee with my husband. I gave birth to two amazing sons and then, in 1985, divorced. While I was separated, my two sons became good friends with two boys from their daycare center. The boys' father was the Ward Mission Leader in the Nashville, Tennessee Stake. They were looking for a family to share the Gospel with and picked us. The boys introduced me to their dad and he, in turn, introduced me to the Sister Missionaries who taught me and helped me understand even more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was provided legitimate, logical and inspired answers to questions no one else had ever been able to answer for me, and the Spirit of the Holy Ghost bore witness of the truthfulness of the things they shared with me. I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in November 1984. Almost three years later, after having moved to West Virginia for 2 1/2 years, this dear, gentle man who share the Gospel with me asked me to marry him. Later, in 1990 we became an eternal family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have a firmer testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ now than I ever had before becoming a Mormon. Through reading the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon and other inspired writings, I have been taught great truths and Gospel doctrine that ring true in my soul that I would never have known elsewhere. I know my Heavenly Father lives and loves me. I am His daughter. I know Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God. I know He died for my sins and rose again after three days. Because of His selfless act and example, I know that I may repent and be forgiven, and that I may also rise from this mortal body to return to my Heavenly home in purity and exaltation. I also know that Joseph Smith was an instrument in God's hands in bringing about the restoration of Gospel as it was practiced during the time surrounding the life of Christ. I know he was blessed with the gift of translation as he translated the Book of Mormon from ancient texts written upon gold plates. I know he couldn't have done this on his own, as he only had a third grade education and wasn't literate enough to have done this great act without God's help. How do I know these things? I have read and studied the Book of Mormon and other scriptures. I have prayed sincerely to my Heavenly Father in the name of of His son, Jesus Christ, that I might know whether the things I read and were taught were truly from God. I received an undeniable affirmation that these things were true. Once having received the Holy Ghost's promptings of the truth of things, there can be no going back. I testify in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that you will find peace, joy, greater truth and the fullness of the Gospel and the great Plan of Salvation through membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than in all other resources combined. Amen.

How I live my faith

I am dedicated to and receive great joy in doing my best to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ every hour of every single day and not just on Sundays or religious holidays. It is wonderful to attend church every Sunday to learn more about my Savior and sing His praises while attending my meetings and reuniting and being strengthened by my fellow church goers. As a member of Relief Society, the largest women's organization in the world, I also have the privilege to serve as a Visiting Teacher to other sisters in our congregation and it is a great blessing to get to know them better and become their friends. I seek the Lord's guidance and protection on a daily basis as I strive to make correct choices and draw closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ in my efforts to be more like Him. The scriptures keep me focused on what is important in life and how I can return to live with my Heavenly Father and family after I leave this life. I also love being able to renew my covenants with my Heavenly Father each Sunday as I partake of the Sacrament, a symbol and reminder of our Lord's great sacrifice. I have been actively involved in every Ward/Branch and Stake auxiliaries, as well as other callings and assignments, over the years and currently serve as a Stake Primary president. Over the years,I have gained a special testimony of the importance of sacrifice and service and the joy it brings into my life. My husband and I both greatly love our Savior, Jesus Christ, and enjoy finding different ways to serve Him by being of service to others through our time, talents, home and resources. We have been blessed beyond measure and give thanks to God for all our blessings, as well as our trials and tribulations which continue to teach and strengthen us.