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Hi I'm Carol

I was blessed to grow up in a tiny Southern Utah town in the 50's and 60's. I am a convert to the Mormon Church!

About Me

I am a retired school teacher, having taught both elementary and high school. I received my bachelors degree and then went on to get my masters and administrative degree at a major University. I am thankful that my parents valued education and gave me the love of learning. I now spend time with my family, golf, and spend the bulk of my time doing family history research. I would love to travel to Ireland one day to visit the home of my paternal grandfather. I was, however, blessed to be able to visit Brazil where my son served his mission. I lea Finding and reading stories and accounts of my ancestors gives a special meaning to my life and the more I read of the hardship, sorrow and death that my family has endured, the more I understand the importance of me using my time of retirement usefully. Therefore, I have just been given a call to serve a mission at the Family and Church History Center. I am excited and grateful as I study and prepare for this exciting new chapter in my life. During my teaching years, I regretted having to raise my three children without a father, due to divorce, and so I taught my son to do dishes and my girls to hunt and fish. They have now blessed me with 14 grandchildren who are my world. As with my children, my favorite family past time is to attend any activity that they may be participating in or just a family dinner with the entire family. Seeing them grow up so fast gives more meaning each day to the desire to have an eternal family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Christian home by God-fearing parents, but they were not of the same faith, therefore I attended both the Catholic and LDS church growing up. When I became a single Mother I felt that something was missing in my life. When I was recently divorced and had small children, I was baptized into the Church but never really converted nor attended though I knew in my heart the gospel was true. When my son was 12, he came home from Scouts one night and told me that he wanted to work for his "Faith in God" award. Because the scouts were sponsored by the Mormon Church, we decided that he would attend LDS church, as one of the requirements to receiving the Award. His 14 year old sister chose to also attend, began taking the missionary lessons and soon ask to be baptized. Though they asked me to attend with them each Sunday, I declined until a few months later when I became engaged to be married. A month after accepting my ring, I found that my fiance had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. I was obviously devastated and found myself on my knees praying for his life and for strength to deal with the grief. It seems that God uses the predestined plans for one person's life, to change another's. In the next two years I came to realize that through grief and the loss of my fiance, I had been given a gift of salvation and a renewed relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have been an active member of the LDS Church for over 25 years. My son served a mission, and my children have all been sealed in the Temple. I have found comfort and security in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have felt his hand in my life, and heard the voice of the Holy Spirit many times. I cannot imagine living without the gift of a family ward, the power of prayer, the opportunity to bless those who have gone before with Eternal Life through Temple attendance, and the knowledge that has come to me by living the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am so grateful that I have had many opportunities to be active in church. One of the blessing of the LDS Church is that we are called to serve in many different areas of the gospel. As our church is taught only by members of the congregation, we are called by the Stake President or Bishop to serve in a particular calling that may or may not be comfortable for us, but what an opportunity for personal growth this is! My first call after being activated as a convert to the church was to teach 16-18 year olds in Sunday School. Most, if not all of these young people had taken church classed every school day for 2-3 years. It was a very intimidating time for me but during that next year, I learned so much about the gospel from studying my lessons and from the students themselves. What a wonderful opportunity for me to learn that Heavenly Father knows exactly what we need, even when we don't. Since then, I have been a song leader, taught adult Sunday School, been the President of our Women's Organization, taught and helped in the Family History program, a visiting teacher, and most importantly; learned to pray and speak in front of large congregations of people. You may think that speaking would be quite easy for a school teacher, but it was a terrifying ordeal to speak to adults rather than children.However, in our church, I have seen many men, women, and children grow in confidence as they are ask to participate in the many callings in our wards. And now, I will spend the next year serving a mission in Salt Lake City around Temple Square, in the Family and Church History Mission. Heavenly Father has given me a special opportunity now, to spend every day, all day serving those who come to seek help in finding their ancestors or to feel that special spirit that presides alway, at Temple Square.