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Hi I'm Karalee

I grew up in Arizona. I am happily married. I will soon have five busy children. I love what I do. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of 8 children. I was number 6. When I was 14 years old my mom was hit and killed by a drunk driver. Growing up without a mom wasn't easy, but I saw in my life that where the Lord takes away, he also provides. I was blessed with good friends, a loving father, and supportive siblings. Now I am a mother. I have four wonderful and busy children ranging from ages 12 to 2 years. I am expecting number 5 in a month. I have a supportive husband who loves me and provides me with much of the security that was lost when I lost my mom. Together we have faced some challenges; such as job losses, worry about children's health, and even a few years of infertility. (Which obviously is no longer a problem). Somehow these challenges have brought us closer as a couple and a family. While they were difficult, our challenges have helped to make us who we are. I love to spend time outdoors, reading, and interacting with my friends and family. The relationships that I have are some of the things that I value the very most in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because of the teachings and doctrines of our church. I learned at a young age that I am a child of God and that He loves me. This truth has been confirmed over and over in my life as I have experienced different challenges and then chosen to turn to God for comfort. My Father in Heaven has never failed to offer me peace when I was most in need. Often he has answered my prayers through other people, but at times, it has been through a thought or powerful feelings that could only have come from Him. Knowing that God is my father and that he loves me is probably the most powerful doctrine to me, but there are other teachings and doctrines that are real and powerful to me. One of these is that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I believe that Jesus Christ lived on this earth and offered a perfect example for me to follow. He also suffered for my sins, so that I can repent and be forgiven of my sins and mistakes. He felt every sorrow and heartache that I experience in this life, so that He could know how to heal my heartaches. He sacrificed his life, so that I can have eternal life and live with God and my family after I die. Some other reasons I am a mormon are because I believe our church is led by a living prophet. I feel a great amount of peace when I listen to our prophet and apostles speak. I believe that I am happiest when I follow their council. I also feel a great deal of peace when I read the words in our scriptures, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I know that they are true because of feelings that I sometimes get when I read them. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches me, brings peace to my life, and gives me purpose in life. I am grateful for my testimony. I am grateful to be a mormon.

How I live my faith

With four kids life gets pretty busy. Through experience, I have learned that one key to happiness is to not always look inward. There are so many people around me that are in need of help, a friend, or just a little encouragement. I try to make service a priority in my life. Sometimes the service stops with my immediate family, that is just the way life is. Often I am able to look beyond my family and serve my neighbors and ward members. I love that our ward is made up of people just like me who are organized to bless and serve eachother the best they can. Somehow, as everyone does their part, it is like a safety net is built around my family and there are people who are always there to love and care for each one of us. I have had many different responsibities and assignments in my different wards. Right now I serve the children at church by teaching them lessons, keeping their programs organized, and I try to recognize them individually each week. Through each of these assignments, I have learned to love and care about those I serve.