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Hi I'm Kari Lynne

I joined the church as a teen. I just completed graduate school. I love my savior.

About Me

I grew up in California with my parents and two older brothers. I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 16 years old. I decided to go to Brigham Young University so I would have more opportunities to learn about the gospel while I got my education. After graduation I married in the Los Angeles Temple and taught school. We bought a fixer upper and had a daughter. I was blessed to be able to use my education in a variety of volunteer settings while raising our little girl full-time. I enjoy art, libraries, singing, and preserving history. Our daughter just completed college and is off on a mission in South Korea and I just completed my Master's Degree in Archival Studies.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother descended from Mormon Pioneer stock but was born into a part-member family and was inactive herself. She married my Dad who was of another faith but also rather inactive. They taught us to pray and say grace. Once we were old enough to sit still in church, they would take us to the LDS church on Sundays and drop us off for the length of a meeting. This may sound strange but they wanted their kids to be Christian and to learn gospel principles and so my mother took us to the church that she was familiar with. Because of my Dad, we were not baptized at 8 like most Mormons. At around 13, we were given a choice as to whether or not we continued to attend services and activities. My brothers moved on but I went to after-school church activities off and on for years and to some Sunday services. When I got close to dating age, I began to feel a need for more direction in my life. I wanted to feel confident about the decisions I made in my life. This coincided with a couple of families in my ward taking a nurturing interest in me. They made sure I had rides to and felt welcome at any activities I attended. They also never let me feel judged when I didn't show up at church. The first time I felt the spirit, I was camping with the girls from church. Each night we would have a testimony meeting around the fire. I remember thinking to myself, "I believe that. I believe that, too." I began to whisper these thoughts to my friend and she pointed out that that was a testimony. I didn't know you could have a testimony if you hadn't been baptized but apparently I had been slowly growing one. She helped me recognize when I was feeling the spirit of the Lord. On the last night of the camp, I stood to share my feelings and my tiny testimony. When I got home, I began studying the gospel lessons from the missionaries so I could be baptized. I used to take my paperback Book of Mormon and my missionary pamphlets to the beach to read. To this day there are passages of scripture that remind me of salt air and ocean spray. At my baptism the spirit was so strong. Everyone felt it, including my parents. Since then, there have been many times when I have prayed and received very clear answers. These experiences keep my testimony and my commitment strong. I cannot read Joseph's Smith's account of the First Vision without knowing all over again that Heavenly Father loves us and sent his son to show us the way back to him.

How I live my faith

I try to serve the Lord in all I do. I think He blesses us with talents and interests so that we can help each other to progress in this life. I try to use these gifts to better the lives of others at home, at church, and in my community. In my city I volunteer as a literacy tutor and I sing in the symphony chorus and whenever my voice is needed. I donate my photography to arts groups to assist them in their publicity or fundraising. At home I try to provide a clean, peaceful and beautiful setting where we can have joy together and feel the Lord's spirit. I try to seek out opportunities for family members to learn and expand their unique gifts. At church, I currently play the piano in the children's meeting. I am not a great pianist but the children are patient with me and the Lord has blessed my practice time and given me courage. If I only accepted assignments in which I already excell, how could I grow? My favorite church calling, however, is to teach Sunday School. I love to experience the miracle each week that prayer and careful study brings as the scriptures open up to my understanding. The other thing I try do at church is to support my fellow members in their assignments. As we serve others and as we let others serve us, we are all blessed.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kari Lynne
A friend that sometimes comes to church with me describes sitting in our main service, sacrament meeting, like "sitting in someone's living room." I think that she means we speak of Christ openly and comfortably. While we are reverent and worshipful, we do not shout the gospel. We speak of hope and of the savior's advocacy on our behalf. I think a visitor will find the welcome and announcements, the prayers and hymn singing, even the blessing and passing of the bread and water familiar. What might seem new is that we hear talks from several ward members each Sunday. The bishop of the ward does not present a sermon each week. This gives everyone the opportunity to pray about, research and receive inspiration on a doctrinal topic at least once during the year. We all benefit from learning from and getting to know one another. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Kari Lynne
Since I was the only member of my immediate family to join the church, I remember thinking, after my baptism, "Now, I will never be alone." The Holy Ghost can comfort us in times of worry or distress. He delivers the understanding and compassion the savior gained for us through the atonement. The Holy Ghost is a testifier of truth. As we listen to an address, read a passage or have a discussion in class, the Holy Ghost let's us know if something is true by an impression upon the mind followed by a feeling of love, warmth, or certainty. He can bring knowledge or blessings to our remembrance. To me the greatest blessing I receive from the gift of the Holy Ghost is the peaceful assurance that I am on the right path and the knowledge that I can do all things necessary through Christ. Show more Show less