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Hi I'm Karrie

I am a wife and a sister. I am a mother of 5. I coached collegiate volleyball. I love a challenge and I am a mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 5 children. I grew up playing all sports but fell in love with volleyball in high school. I played in college and a little in Europe after college. Luckily I also got to coach college volleyball for almost 10 years. During that time I had two of our 5 children. I quit coaching volleyball to stay home with my children and spend more time with my family. Now I love to watch them play sports, grow and learn. I get to grow and learn too - trying new things and attempting other activities. I like to play tennis, run, hike and be outside. That's one of the best things about being a mom - your office is wherever your kids are, so being outside is part of your job.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a mormon family. I grew up understanding why I was here and where I was going. But as I went out on my own I was faced with choices. Some choices I made drew me closer to the Lord. Some led me further away. As I meandered through life, never quite living the gospel to its fullest, I realized that I was missing out on the great blessings that the gospel could bring. I realized that while my life was a good one, there was so much more that the Lord desired to give me. There was so much more happiness, joy, peace and love that I hadn't yet experienced. Once I was awakened to that realization, I was never the same. I studied the scriptures and asked if the principles they taught were true. I felt over and over again the warmth of the Spirit confirming that the principles of the gospel were true. I understood as never before the plan of salvation and the sacrifice of our Savior. For me, the pinnacle of this change came when I received a temple recommend and began to attend the temple. Within the walls of the temple, the crowning blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ exist. The promises I have made to my Father in Heaven in His Holy house are why I continue to grow and change for the better. I have seen the fruits of this restored gospel in my own life and I cannot deny its truthfulness. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday. I try to pray often and read my scriptures. Even then, I find myself wondering if I am learning at all or making any progress. But each Sunday when I get to go to church and feel of the Spirit of the Lord, I am reminded that my Heavenly Father loves me, that He knows me, that I am of worth. This makes me want to get up and try again. I have found that I am the happiest when I am able to put aside my worries and concerns and serve others. I love that within the structure of our church we are provided regular opportunities to serve on a daily, weekly and sometimes monthly basis. Often times, it is this responsibility that allows me to keep that eternal perspective. I am a coach and I love it - I have a great passion for it. I love the feeling of helping someone achieve their potential. At church, I get to tap into that passion and teach lessons on the principles of the gospel. How do we apply these principles? Where can they take us? With each lesson I realize that we are only making progress when we are going in the direction that our Heavenly Father and Savior want us to go. It is on that path that we can truly achieve our eternal potential. What a great privilege to teach these principles. These lessons that I get to teach, are more of an opportunity for me to learn....a great reminder of who I am and where I want to go. There is no greater blessing than that.