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Hi I'm Karsen

I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a daughter of God. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to an amazing husband and father, and I'm the mother of five young daughters. In my spare time (ha, ha), I like to read, write, and run. I love being outside, especially near rivers, lakes and mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a child, I took the faith of my family and community for granted. But as I grew older, it became clear that I needed to know for myself what I believed in and why. Throughout high school and college I studied not only the Mormon faith of my upbringing, but also other world religions. I recognized elements of truth and goodness in all of them, but knew there was also a way to determine which was the one that was complete and whole. I believe the Lord when he says He wants us to ask, and I believe that He will answer. For me He did. Now I know for myself that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, and that the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored in these days, and is found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know through this same pattern of discerning truth that The Book of Mormon and the Bible contain the word of God, and that God continues to speak to His children through a living prophet. The more I travel the earth, and the more people of all walks of life I meet, the more sure I am that God loves His children--all of them. He wants our true happiness, not only in this life, but in all eternity. He has prepared a way for all who choose to find that peace and truth, if we will but ask. That is how I understand faith. That is how I understand truth. That is how I know and feel and live the power of God in my life. That is why I believe.

How I live my faith

I get asked all the time, "are they all yours?" Toting my five young daughters around town often draw a crowd, but from the time my husband and I started our family, our choices about when and how many children to have has often come into question by the general public. The decision to have our first child was not a logical one, at least not according to the standards of the world. We were young, still in our early twenties. Having just recently graduated from college, my husband was still searching for a “real job.” We had no insurance and a meager income. Still, the impression was undeniable that there were spirits anxiously waiting to come into our family, so we followed our faith. We were blessed for our obedience with a healthy pregnancy, a beautiful baby girl, and a stable job with a career track. Despite an advanced degree from an ivy league school, I chose to stay at home with my daughter, and the four more that followed. All were brought into our family after strong divine impressions that the time was right, but that didn’t make it easier to explain to others why we would have so many children so close together. Yes, these years of parenting small children are intense and extremely challenging physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. And I would be dishonest if I didn’t admit that there are those days when kids need to be fed and diapers changed and babies soothed and noses wiped—all at the same time—when I question my own sanity and wonder if I really know what I am doing. How grateful I am at those moments for the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the value that it places on families. I rely daily on my knowledge that my work as a mother—and it is work—is the most important thing I could be doing in my life and worth every effort. And yes, gratefully, whole-heartedly, without hesitation, they are all mine!