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Hi I'm Kari

I'm a teacher. I am a single mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My biggest accomplishment in life so far is my children. As a single mother it has been difficult, but as I like to say, all the work has been mine but so has all the joy! I am a teacher by profession and hold a Master's degree in Reading. I enjoy reading, watching movies, gardening, and watching football.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a third generation Mormon and was a strong member in my youth. However, there was a time in my early adulthood when I struggled with the church and my testimony dwindled. I lived for several years not willing to live according to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I thought I could manage just fine on my own! After six years of marriage, my husband and I divorced and I was left with two children to raise alone. Because of my lifestyle at the time I found myself experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. I was struggling to support myself and two children. I did not know how I was going to support a third child. I agonized for nine months about what to do, until just before my child was born. That's when I had the thought that I needed to pray to my Heavenly Father for guidance. I had not prayed in many years, but I knew I needed more knowledge and guidance than what I could do on my own. I can testify that God hears and answers prayers because He answered mine in a very real and personal way. I was told that I needed to return to the principles that I knew were true, those principles that had guided my life when I was younger. I began to return to church activity and as I did so, my testimony grew and my understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ deepened until I came to a sure knowledge that it is only through the Savior that we can return to our Heavenly Father. I have come to know that I am a beloved daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me and wants me and my children to return to live with him. I know that only when we live our lives according to the gospel of Jesus Christ can we be truly happy. I am grateful to know that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ paid the price for my sins and I have pledged my life to following Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being aware of the needs of others and I try to be of service to those around me, whether it is opening a door for someone or helping with major flood clean-up with other members of the community. I want people to feel the love of the Savior through the way I treat them.  I also show this love by accepting church callings. Since the church does not have a paid clergy all we do in the church is done out of service to others. I am currently called to work with and teach the Young Women of my stake (a stake is a group of several Mormon congregations) Because of the large geographical area of my stake I drive for several hours one Sunday a month to teach and visit the girls in my stake who are between the ages of 12-18. The two women who serve with me in this capacity also plan an annual summer Girls' Camp for these young women. We also help plan an annual Youth Conference for all the youth in our stake. When I am in my home congregation I play the piano during our Sacrament meeting so the members will have an accompaniment while singing the hymns. I have also served as a Sunday school teacher and as a teacher in the children and women's church auxiliaries. I believe that we are blessed with gifts and talents that are meant to bless the lives of others. Serving in the church and in my community gives me an opportunity to do just that.