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Hi I'm Karrie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Karrie. My husband and I moved to Arizona shortly after we were married. We have 5 children. As a youth I spent a lot time in the mountains and I learned to love the beautiful world God created for us. In school I studied geology and now I teach at the local community college.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a fourth and fifth generation Mormon. I am proud of my pioneer ancestors who left their homes in England, crossed the Atlantic Ocean and then struggled across the plains to settle in the Salt Lake Valley. Some gave up their families, employment, and all that was familiar to them for the hope of a new life in America where they could worship freely as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I honor my ancestors for their sacrifice, faith, and dedication, but that is not why I am a Mormon. My parents were good people who were active members of the church. I attended Primary, Young Women and Seminary as a youth. While this environment was desirable and allowed me to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ at an early age, it is not why I am a Mormon today. I am a Mormon because I prayed in faith and asked God if the Book of Mormon is His Word. I received a witness that it is true. I did not receive this personal witness on one solitary occasion. I receive it every time I read the Book of Mormon and the other Holy Scriptures. I receive a witness that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, every time I make the effort to learn more. As truth is given to me through the Holy Spirit, that requires action on my part. I show that I believe in the gospel by keeping God’s commandments, following the counsel of the prophets, and serving my fellowman. When I do these things, my life is blessed and I am happy.

How I live my faith

I have been fortunate to have had many opportunities to work with Primary age children, ages 1½ to 11 years old. Children are trusting, loving and open to the teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ. They have the pure love of Christ in them. I may prepare a lesson to teach the children, but more often than not, they teach me. They demonstrate the same unconditional love that Jesus has for each of us. For many years, I have been very involved in the Boy Scouting program both as a leader and as a parent of three boys. The ideals of the Boy Scouts of America fit closely with the teachings of the gospel. Boy Scouting helps boys to become good citizens and conscious of their duty to their fellowmen and to God. Boys learn new skills, how to set goals, and what it takes to be a leader. As I have helped boys along the Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting trails, I have learned these same things as well.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The family is the fundamental unit of society and marriage is ordained of God. Children are an heritage of the Lord (Psalms 127:3). My children are a great blessing to me. Through them I have learned about patience, service, selflessness, and unconditional love. We are all children of a loving Heavenly Father. I can think of no greater blessing than to be entrusted with the care of one of His precious children. Developing family relationships is one of our important purposes while here on Earth. We believe that these family relationships will continue after we die. One way I can show my gratitude for the gift of family is by raising up children to live righteous lives and believe in God. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mormons follow the health code called The Word of Wisdom. We don’t smoke or drink tea, coffee or alcohol. We believe in obeying all of the Ten Commandments and interpret them literally. That means no lying, stealing, or infidelity. We believe in obeying the laws of the land. Even though some people view these “rules” as restrictions, they are just the opposite. These laws are designed to make our lives better, healthier and happier. Substance abuse or other addictive behaviors lead to unhappiness and entrapment. Living a clean life brings the blessing of peace. Show more Show less