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Hi I'm Carlie

I grew up in Southern California. I am a dental hygienist. I was raised in the church, and yet I am a convert. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 22 years old. I recently graduated from Dental Hygiene school. I play Frisbee golf with my husband, grew up dancing and competing, and have been singing since I was 9 months old and my mom realized I was putting myself back to sleep. I love to do service projects! Things like help pick up trash (I know that's so weird) and help pour cement down for someone's eagle scout project-- random service. I am loud and crazy and have a hard time knowing when to stop talking, as I am sure most can agree.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church, but that does not mean I don't have my own conversion story. I was always a very good little girl, went to church, and did what I was told. When I got to my high school years, I started choosing a different path. I wasn't a "terrible" person, but I was no longer following all of the commandments that I had been taught to keep. I can testify that these times were the absolute most challenging times for me. I started to think my church leaders hated me, and I now realize that because I was no longer following all of His commandments, I had created a way for the adversary to fill me with self-doubt. I was down on myself all the time. I was an outgoing person, so no one but me knew anything was ever wrong. After my junior year, one of the hardest years I had ever had, I moved to Georgia and I decided I needed to make changes. I needed to start following the commandments more fully. It's funny, because where I lived there were maybe 13 of us in my early-morning church class, called seminary, and yet I was able to find happiness and more fully follow the commandments and magnify my calling as a daughter of God. I applied to an LDS University called Brigham Young University-Idaho. When I attended, there was still a part of me holding my full potential back. In the back of my head, I would remember the mistakes I had made and start telling myself I wasn't worthy of the blessings He had in store for me. I couldn't have been more wrong. Part of the process of repentance is learning to forgive yourself. I had a very special leader of my church help me through it. I told him "But what if someone I am considering marrying finds out that I have done some bad things, and doesn't want me anymore?" He kindly replied, "The man who loves you, won't ask. He won't need to know." Less than a year later, I found that man. I feel blessed to have found the knowledge that I AM good enough, that we can ALWAYS choose to change and accept His word. I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

In my church, I have the opportunity to go and visit with other women who go to the same church location as me. I am able to share messages about Jesus Christ and be a listening ear to those who may not always feel they have someone to talk to. It starts out as more of an assignment, but you gain so much love for the women that you are entrusted to teach. I have made some of my closest friends this way.