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Hi I'm Cary

I'm a dedicated mother and wife. I follow Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah as the oldest of 8 children. I have always loved being part of a large family and now my husband and I have a large family of our own. We enjoy spending time together, away from the busyness of everyday life. My kids and I like to do what we call "mommy time" where I spend one-on-one time with them each day. I let the kids take me out of my comfort zone by allowing them to choose the activity. This has been wonderful for me because I have had such a variety of experiences! I've learned origami, and how to get the best splash when riding your bike through a mud puddle. I've learned to appreciate Korean rock music through my teenage daughter, and how to "play pretend". Kids really are the main event in life and I'm thankful they have shown me how to live! When it's time to recharge, though, I like to take some quiet moments to think, read, or exercise. I find that activities like these prepare me to be who I need to be for the people I love.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was 8 years old. It was a very special experience to me, although I know at the time I didn't fully understand the importance of what I was doing. As I've grown older my testimony has grown with me. I have had many personal, faith promoting experiences that have helped me know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I know that this church was restored by Jesus Christ through the Latter-day prophet Joseph Smith. Though he was just a boy, the Lord was able to work a mighty miracle through him. I know my Savior, Jesus Christ, knows me personally, that He loves me, and that He will help me through anything I face. I have felt great peace and assurance as I've studied the scriptures and attended church that what we learn about Him is true. He has a plan for us, He wants us to be happy, and we are happiest when we live our lives in accordance with His will.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways. It can be as simple as noticing I could brighten a neighbor's day by showing up with a batch of cookies. I am quickly learning that being a follower of Jesus Christ means striving everyday to share His love with others. This is something that hasn't always come easily for me, because I am a naturally reserved person, but as I pray for His help, reaching out becomes easier and brings me a lot of joy. Another way I live my faith is through striving to have a strong family, with children who understand the importance of keeping the commandments and making Chirstlike choices. My husband and I take our responsibilities as parents very seriously. We work together to make sure our children understand the difference between right and wrong - are they honest at school? Do they treat others with kindness and respect? Are they avoiding harmful influences like drugs or innapropiate books, movies, or internet sites? Having a strong family also involves playing together, praying together, and working together, all of which we strive to make a part of everyday life. On Sunday's I teach a group of energetic 5- and 6-year-olds. They sure keep me hopping! But I have learned so much from them, and have learned about the simpleness of the gospel through the lessons I've prepared. I've also had many opportunities to work with the teenagers at church. I served as President of the Young Women's organization, encouraging the girls to complete goals that would prepare them to be strong, faithful women, and planning weekly activities to allow them the time to hang out with girls who have the same beliefs and standards. I also served as an early-morning seminary teacher, teaching high school students lessons centered on the scriptures.