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Hi I'm Karla

I'm a grandmother who rides motorcycles, operates Ham radio, loves music and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born 2nd eldest of 7 in a tiny village in Alberta, Canada. I was 19 when I got married the first time, with 4 children by the time I turned 24. We moved to Las Vegas, NV in 1992, then to Colorado in 1995, where my husband divorced me and married my best friend. I met and married my present husband (who is not a member of the LDS church) 14 years ago, and we share mutual interests in amateur radio (we are both licensed Extra Class operators and certified Skywarn spotters), motorcycles, Rockband and computers. He has helped me to raise my four children, and we now have 3 grandchildren, with another granddaughter due in January. I am very recently unemployed, and like many others in this economy, diligently searching for work and pursuing a degree in Public Administration.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a 3rd-generation Mormon, and must admit that I was largely content to lean on the strength and testimonies of my family, from my parents to my siblings and husband. With the exception of a few traditionally rebellious teenage years, I lived what I had been taught since birth, without ever realizing how much I was taking for granted. When my husband and I divorced, my large tightknit family/support system was still in Canada, and for the first time in my life I would have to be solely responsible for my own spiritual, mental, physical and emotional well-being. For a while I gave in to the fear, insecurity, anger towards God and man, self-pity and rebellious attitude to which, as the horribly-wronged victim, I felt I had a perfect right. A life-time of spiritual habits can be hard to break, though, and I gradually came to realize that if I wanted to be happy, I needed to take my life back and start over. As I went back to church, read scriptures, served in callings, and most especially prayed for the strength and peace that I needed to recover my equilibrium, I began to feel as if I was wrapped in a cocoon of comfort, peace and protection that nothing could penetrate. After 31 years of taking the Spirit of God for granted, I gained my testimony of the truthfulness of this Gospel through trial and hardship and plain hard work. Now I can say that I know for myself that this truly is the Church of Jesus Christ, originally founded by Him so very long ago, then restored by Him through the Prophet Joseph Smith 19 centuries later. It has often been said that we value those things the most that we had to work the hardest to attain, and I'm living proof of that for my belief in a loving Father in Heaven, in my Savior Jesus Christ and the certain knowledge that I have a place in their Kingdom is more precious to me that anything.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as ward librarian, a responsibility that makes use of many of the skills and abilities I use in the course of my employment. I also sing in my ward and stake choirs, and look forward to having more opportunities to participate in a variety of musical programs.