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Hi I'm Kara

I am a wife and mother. I believe our thoughts create our reality. I am a designer, photographer and avid thrifter. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I've been on both sides of the religious spectrum and while I wouldn't consider myself an extremist, I've experienced enough to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is where TRUE happiness is found. You can read more about my conversion below, but ever since I returned to activity my life has been richly blessed. I am now married, have three children and have a bachelor's degree in Industrial design. I am a wedding and portrait photographer, have visited Europe three times and hope to visit many other places. I love music (indie rock, experimental and Bjork is my fave). I am a thrift store junkie and have a major vintage obsession. Lately I've picked up cross stitching. My husband is a pilot and an amazing missionary. Recently we have become involved in family history through indexing, which has been great fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon since I was 8, but I didn't gain my own belief in the church until I was 22. After high school I moved out with some room mates and was relieved to not have to go to church any more. For 5 years I drifted further and further away and harbored great animosity towards the Mormon church. The way I finally came back from my agnostic state began when my best friend passed away. That shocked me into thinking about what happens after death. Could my friend really be gone? Was a body all she ever was, or did she have a spirit inside that drove her and created her beautiful personality? These questions and many more caused me to head down a more spiritual path. I became interested in metaphysics but still avoided Mormonism. The thing that finally helped me to realize that the LDS church is true and wonderful, happened about a year later. I decided to move into an apartment with 5 Mormon girls (one of them was a former room mate of mine). I had lived with Mormons before, but this time I noticed something different. These girls were genuinely happy. I was amazed as I watched them experience true joy nearly every day of their lives. They had such positive attitudes and were wonderful examples to me. Another thing I respected about them was that they never tried to pressure me into changing my beliefs; they let me do my thing. Finally, one day we were all sitting on the floor in a circle chatting, and I asked, "When did each of you know that this church was true?" Everyone shared their stories and there was an amazing feeling in the room. I knew that was the spirit, or Holy Ghost, that everyone always talked about. I was filled with joy, nearly to the point of tears, I finally knew for myself that the Mormon church was true.

How I live my faith

I think the best way to live one's faith is to serve others, and I believe that by doing so, we serve The Lord. I try to make my faith a natural part of me by constantly studying, meditating, praying and discussing it. One of my favorite aspects of Mormonism is how intensely personal it is. We are each responsible for our progress in life and we take responsibility for our own happiness. By keeping positive thoughts in my mind, my life becomes filled with joy. And the way I recharge those 'happy thoughts' is by studying the word of The Lord and surrounding myself by people and things that exude positive energy.