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Hi I'm Karin

I love sunshine and Thai food. I count my blessings every day. One of my greatest is that I am a Mormon!

About Me

I have the best life ever! I currently live in the beautiful Northwest with my wonderful husband and six children. I am a military wife and a devoted mother. My days are spent holding and caring for little ones, taking bike rides or walks to the park, playing games and having friends over, talking in the car as we drive to our many activities, and teaching life's little lessons during the simple day-to-day moments. As a family we spend a lot of time outdoors gardening, playing sports, skiing, hiking, camping and kayaking. My favorite things to do are take longs walks with my husband out in the woods with our two dogs and be out with my kids on a sunny day. It is during these moments that I feel a close connection to my Heavenly Father as I immerse myself in His majestic creations and spend time with those I love the most. I am a student. I love life and learning new things! There are never enough hours in the day to be, experience, and absorb all that I hope to. I love traveling, learning languages, and experiencing other cultures. I love to attend plays and musical events. I am never bored and always have a project up my sleeve. I often look for ways to challenge myself and develop my talents. I have found that everyone has something of value to share and I try my best to learn from others. I have decided that learning should never end. I graduated from BYU-Provo in Exercise Science many years ago but I have recently gone back to school for my teaching degree.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I was born, two Mormon missionaries knocked on my mother's door. She accepted the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized. I am so grateful for her conversion because it has been such a blessing in my life as well as hers. My mother has great faith and her example has shown me how to be true to my Father in Heaven and Savior, to love the scriptures, and to reach out and serve others. I am grateful to have spent my HS years on the East Coast of the United States. I had many friends of different faiths. Our beliefs and high values helped us avoid many of the pitfalls of the teenage years and our discussions made me really question and ponder why I believe what I do. This was a great blessing because like Joseph Smith, I had to pray to find answers to my questions. As I've searched, pondered and lived the teachings of this Church, my prayers have been answered. I have come to know for myself by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for himself, that we have a living prophet on the earth today, and that Jesus Christ lives! His atonement is real! for I have felt its cleansing power and it continues to change my life on a daily basis. I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. As a daughter of God in all my roles--daughter, sister, wife, mother, neighbor, and friend--it has helped me to be more teachable, compassionate, patient, loving, and forgiving. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of us; that He loves us individually and unconditionally. The best decision I've ever made in my life has been to put my life in His hands and to keep His commandments. It has brought me true joy and my greatest blessings.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ's example has taught me that the key to a rewarding life is giving love and service. Each day I live my faith by diligently loving and caring for my family. The relationship I have with my husband and children is my greatest treasure and they are my greatest priority. I teach my children the stories of the scriptures and the words of the prophets. We work, play, sing and pray together. Long talks, tickling, wrestling, giggling and playing games are all commonplace at our house. Although I sometimes fall short of creating the ideal family environment, we share happy times and we strengthen each other on a daily basis. In the church I share my musical talents by playing the piano for the children's singing time. I also organize the sisters in my congregation in visiting and caring for each other. In this capacity I have the added privilege of reaching out to women who need extra friendship and watch care. I feel like I have been blessed so much more by the children and women I serve than from the service I have given. I have recently gone back to school for a Montessori teaching degree. Not only have I learned to be a better teacher to my own kids but I am excited for the opportunity to teach and serve the children in my community. I also have the fun opportunity to coach my son's soccer team each fall. The Savior always made time for little children and I decided that even though my schedule is busy, I should too. What fun it is been to watch them improve and work together as a team! I share my faith through my example. I try to always be kind, charitable, friendly and helpful. My hope is that others feel the Savior's love through me.