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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert
Carmen Rasmusen Herbert is a former "American Idol" contestant. She writes an entertainment column for the Deseret News.

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I will always remember my time on “Idol” and hope anyone who has a dream has the courage — and the perseverance — to chase it down. It’s possible.
I have said goodbye to loved ones and felt the heartache of loss as I wait for the time when I can see them again. But I have felt that calm, peaceful reassurance that I will. I don’t think there’s ...
All those Sundays of best dress, stress and doing my best are oh so worth it.
“Children are the greatest joy and the greatest heartache you’ll ever have,” Garth Brooks told People Magazine. “I told my girls, ‘Don’t let the world decide who you are. You...
Celebrating holidays, especially this one, should not be a competition. I don’t know why I’ve made it out to be one. In fact, nothing about motherhood should be a competition
So to all you mothers out there, pregnant or not, large or small, gaining or losing weight, know this: You are pretty awesome. Using your life to bless, protect and help others is pretty awesome.
With different milestones and challenges in life, a marriage will sometimes be re-shaped, brought to the brink, fought for and then made stronger than ever. It’s an eternal work in progress that is worth ...
I want my children to know that, like my own mother, I would die for them, too. My little men have my heart, but the biggest piece is saved for my husband.
When it seems my world has caved in on me, I let myself have a small breakdown. Then I pick up my scriptures and begin to add more oil to my lamp, one verse, one talk, one prayer at a time. Those tiny drops hav...
I walked back up to my hotel room that afternoon feeling warm and peaceful. I noticed a copy of the Book of Mormon I had brought with me in my suitcase and decided to give it to Twila. I wasn’t sure how s...