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Hi I'm Karyn

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom of two very active boys & married to my best friend. I'm imperfect in a zillion ways, but I'm trying everyday and I love my family.We adopted our boys several years ago. They are a blessing and a shining light in our lives. We want to give them the best life possible - like every parent does, I imagine. But most importantly, we want to instill in them a knowledge of how important and precious they are; we hope they will have a confidence in who they are and an inner strength to make wise choices - to face the world with unconquerable hope. And honestly, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the best way to do that. Christ taught that we are children of God - with unchangeable worth to HIM. We are children of a Heavenly King - that makes us all pretty darn special. It means we have gifts and talents & strength within us. Christ taught that we can repent of our sins/mistakes and that God will forgive us, if we are truly sorry and willing to try to do better. We don't have to be weighed down by our imperfections. We can always try again. And Christ suffered in Gethsemane for our sins- he carried it and felt it all. And this means that as we try again, we can ask God to help us- to help us through the powerful sacrifice that Christ made. And if we believe in that sacrifice, we WILL have divine help. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is what I lean on, everyday, to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in the principles and moral standards of this church. I've watched my own life and the lives of dear ones - I've pondered the choices and circumstances and observed what has brought LASTING peace and happiness, and what hasn't. And I know that the Church of Jesus Christ teaches principles that lead to happy lives. Notice I didn't say perfect lives. Life is imperfect: we get sick, people hurt other people, tragedies happen. But the teachings of Christ strengthen and empower those who seek to live it. My life has been imperfect. And my faith and this church, have never failed me. The other members of the church are just as imperfect as I am. But they are all trying to follow Christ, just like me. But THEY are not why I'm a member of this church. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know it IS Christ's Church restored again; the same Church that existed when He was on Earth. I prayed about it, when I was a teenager. I wanted to have a conviction - a knowledge that I was doing the right thing, so that if things ever got tough, I would know what my foundation is. Because everything changes: home, friends, school, health... I wanted to know that the faith I was living, the church I was attending - that it was all true. And as I prayed about it and thought about it, over a period of days, I realized that I knew it was true - that I am happy when I live this way. I WANT to live this way because it offers so many answers. And so my question in my prayer changed: I chose THIS church and I wanted God to tell me if I was making the right choice. And when I asked that, and even today when I think on it, I feel light and peaceful and comforted in my heart -that feeling when there is no doubt or concern... And that's what I needed. I still feel that today. I KNOW that no matter where we move, or work, or what happens to those we love, that we are in the right place, on the right track, following the right church: Christ's church.

How I live my faith

Some people say that we don't need organized church to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but weekly church helps me to do just that. I go every Sunday, all three hours. In Sacrament meeting (first hour), I take the sacrament (bread and water) and ponder and remember my promise to Him to always remember Him and be an example of Him. This is special time for me to evaluate how I'm doing and set goals. My kids see the sacrament passed around, they feel the reverence of it - in our family, we talk about how the bread represents how Christ offered his life for us, so that we could be resurrected, just like Him. And how the water represents His blood from the agony He suffered in Gethsemane when he took upon Himself our sins. We remember as a family, each week, in a very sacred way that hour daily lives are (or should be) a reflection of Christ's life, teachings and sacrifice. HE is why we live the way we do. And I'm grateful for the formality each week to remind us how incredibly grateful we are to Him. The other two hours of church are our chance to hear the faith building experiences from others who are trying, just like us, to better live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Right now, I teach the 14-16 yr olds during the 2nd hour of church. I was asked to do this for awhile, and I said yes. I'm not paid. I'm glad to do it; serving gets me outside of myself and my own life concerns and helps me focus on someone else. I often study the scriptures with these youth in mind and I pray for them. I can feel how much God loves them. And it reminds me how close God really is. It reminds me how much He loves me, loves my husband and my children. And the youth teach me things as we discuss Jesus' teachings. Attending and participating in church each week deepens my love for the Savior and my faith and trust in His healing and strengthening power. Often, church teaches me how I can better teach my children of God's love for them. I need church each week; it HELPS me live my faith.