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Hi I'm Carly

I'm a law school graduate, a registered Democrat, a bit of a feminist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I basically grew-up in the Midwest, but my family moved to Miami, FL when I was 16. I finished high school there and then spent four glorious years studying English and Psychology at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) before moving out west to attend law school. After a year in Arizona and three in Utah, my career as a health care administrator brought me out to California where I've been living ever since. While attending law school I met, dated and married my husband--a native Norwegian. We will be celebrating our 7 year anniversary in a couple of weeks. We have a 2.5 year old son and another on the way (due in 3 weeks!). We keep very busy with our careers...I own a small business and my husband is an executive for a company that operates high-end senior living communities...and our growing family. But we also make time for fun. I love movies, traveling, reading, blogging, girls' nights in and out, shopping, decorating, and (of course!) college football.

Why I am a Mormon

I haven't always been Mormon. Technically I was born into the church, but when I was very young my family stopped attending for a number of years. Eventually my parents decided to return to church, but they encouraged all four of their children to decide for ourselves whether to accept the teachings of the Mormon faith and to be baptized a member of the church or not. Though I was only 10 at the time, I opted not to be baptized into the church. I spent the next 8 years attending the Mormon church with my family while exploring other faiths and trying to figure out what I believed. Although I discovered beautiful people with beautiful faith in many of the Christian denominations that I explored, I could not find another church that provided a fullness of the truth that I found in the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And so I was baptized at the age of 18 and have been a faithful member ever since. My journey to discover and recognize truth hasn't ended just because I made that choice to be baptized. My parents always encouraged me to ask tough questions and to seek out answers for myself. Life is complicated and there are many issues that demand an evaluation of who I am and what I believe and why. I do not have all the answers, but I always fall back on the simple beliefs that I know in my heart to be true--beliefs that are the foundation of the Mormon faith.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best each day to follow Jesus' example. He taught us to love one another, to have compassion, to be honest and forgiving. He taught us to be humble. And with humility he showed us that adherence to our beliefs and God's laws will not always make us popular or esteemed in this life. In my life, I have often stood as the lone Mormon (in my high school, in my sorority at UF, in jobs, and in many circles of friends and within branches of my own family). When people find out that I'm Mormon, many of them are surprised because I don't "fit the mold" of what they expect a Mormon to be. It's true, I'm an educated, working woman, with strong liberal(ish) opinions, a sarcastic sense of humor and I'm a Democrat to boot. But none of these things stand in opposition to the teachings of my faith. I have always tried to stand as an example that being Mormon is not just about adhering to a particular moral standard, or about fitting a stereotype, but about striving to become like Christ and knowing that we can always turn to our loving Savior for forgiveness when we make mistakes and fall so short of that goal.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Carly
Absolutely not. The Church encourages its members to be responsible citizens and active participants in the political process. However, the Church does not endorse any particular candidate or even political party. When it comes to deciding what candidate to support in an election or what stance to take on social matters, I do my homework to educate myself about the issues at hand and then make my own decision about who to support or how to vote. Often my political and social views do not align with the majority of Mormons... and that is ok. As a member of the Mormon church I believe in agency (the power to choose for myself) and feel empowered to vote according to my own understanding and the dictates of my conscience. Show more Show less