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Hi I'm Carrie Archibald

I grew up on a small dairy farm in Idaho where we worked hard and learned to love God's creations.

About Me

I see myself as a typical woman with a wonderful husband of 40+ years, with 4 children, and 13 wonderful grandchildren. I was lucky enough to have had the dream job of a "stay at home mom". As our children started to leave the home, I pursued my second dream job -- I got my BSRN and started to work as a community health nurse. Next to parenting, going back to school in my 40's, was the hardest thing I've ever done. I never left on a road trip lasting more than ten miles without a book or notes to study. Once I was done with my studies though, I relearned how to crochet and knit, and dusted off the sewing machine. They have rarely been put away since.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon community with a long pioneer heritage in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but my actual conversion has been gradual. I can't point to any one moment that I knew the gospel was true but because I seemed to have been born with an innate knowledge that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ had a divine plan and purpose, I have been drawn to things that give me hope. In turn, that hope has heightened my understanding of their love for me. My membership in the LDS church has led me to learn more about our Savior and how He loved everyone. I have a great desire to share that love with others through service. Service to others gives me hope. I have also learned that no one on this earth but Christ, has ever been perfect therefore, we need to accept each other as a work in progress. He has commanded us to love one another and be forgiving. There are a lot of good people in this world that strive to live those guidelines and that gives me hope. As my husband and I were married and were given the promise that we could be husband and wife for the eternities and not just till death -- if we lived worthy, — that gave me hope. No matter what might physically separate us, we would be together forever! With the birth of each of our children, that hope was strengthened even more. Fortunately, they have all grown and have wonderful spouses and children of their own but if something should ever happen to any of them, of course, the sorrow would be great but not insurmountable because I have that hope that there is more for each of them (and all of us) to do on the other side. There is more to this life than what we see on the news or as we drive down the street. My testimony is one of HOPE! My desire is not to convert you to what I believe but to share a seed of that hope that all things are possible with the Lord guiding you.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is an integral part of my life and who I am. Using the Savior as my guide, it doesn't matter if I'm talking to someone in my capacity as a mother, nurse, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or visiting someone who is sick in my ward, — Christ wants me to express His love to them. I currently teach 12-14 year olds in Sunday School teacher in our local church unit which is called a Ward. I happen to have taught these young men and women when they were 3 and 4 year olds and it has been fun to watch them grow into such outstanding youth. In between teaching them as toddlers and as teens, I have also had the chance to teach their parents in various capacities and that is a much more daunting experience but growth comes from struggle. Let's just say, I grew a LOT!