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Hi I'm Carly Jane

I'm a wife, a mom, a reader, a sewer, a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California, but have since moved a few times and found that there is something to love about everywhere I've lived. I graduated with a teaching license to teach high school English and Spanish. I taught for two years before getting married and starting our family. Now I am privileged to stay home with my growing, active little fellow and his equally active baby sister. I have another little boy on the way. I love being a wife and mother and having the time and space to develop my talents and abilities. I enjoy reading, writing, cooking, and sewing. My husband is a student in Law School. It has been challenging for me to learn to live on our small budget with a growing family and to keep up with his busy school schedule. But I have seen the blessings come and have been personally strengthened during especially hard times. And, despite the challenges, life is so good!

Why I am a Mormon

As I little girl I remember learning a song that taught that I needed to have my own knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel. My parents and church teachers also taught me this principle. When I was eight years old, I decided that I needed to read the Book of Mormon for myself. It was a daunting task, and I did not understand everything I read. It took me almost a year to read the 500+ page book, but little by little, I read it all. In the years that followed I have reread that book multiple times both on my own and with others. Every time I read from the Book of Mormon with sincerity and desire to learn, the Spirit touches my heart and I am sure that it, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ associated with it are true. Just as I read the Book of Mormon line by line and page by page, so has my conviction and faith have grown--a little at a time. By living the principles taught in the Church, seeking out answers in faith, and sharing my faith with others, I have been blessed with an unwavering assurance that this is God's Church here on the earth. Now that the seed of faith has been planted and already I have tasted of the fruit, it seems impossible to me to do anything else but continue to nourish the seed by living the principles I have been taught.

How I live my faith

I was born and raised in a home that was active in the Church, so my beliefs are simply a part of who I am. My faith affects the way I think, speak, dress, and treat others. I try to have clean, pure thoughts; I avoid sarcastic, hurtful, and crude language; I seek to be clean and modest while not being flashy or distracting in my dress; and I work hard to not criticize or judge others, but to rather be kind, uplifting, and optimistic. In other words, I try to live my life as the Savior would. I also read from the scriptures and pray daily both on my own and with my family. Currently I am a teacher during the Sunday meeting for the women (each Sunday's meetings are divided into three parts). I love getting to share my knowledge, faith, and studies in this way.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Carly Jane
My assurance that there is a God as grown as slowly and steadily as I have--from childhood upward. Small evidences have come through answered prayers, feelings of peace while at church or doing a wholesome activity, promptings to do good, and recognition of the blessings I have been given. I can feel His love for me as I do good, serve others, and keep the commandments. Becoming a mother and experiencing the miracle of new life has affirmed in my heart the reality that we are all indeed children of a loving Father in Heaven. Again and again, during difficult times in my life, I have felt and overwhelming sense of identity as His daughter, comfort and peace, and help to make right choices. Show more Show less