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Hi I'm Karyn

I was born in Japan and learned to speak Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan. I am fascinated by world cultures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a military household and so was exposed to a lot of different cultures and ideas. I studied Japanese in high school, lived in Taiwan for a while and am obsessed with learning about different countries. One of my favorite things to do is belly dance. I fell in love after experimenting with it in college. I am a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in journalism, but hope to some day work in international relations. For now, I work as a manager at a local movie theatre where I can interact with all sorts of people and market main stream movies. My husband and I have been married for five years and are expecting our first child (a boy) any day now.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents decided early on there would only be one religion in their home. They had seen too many marriages end over religious differences. My dad was baptized into the LDS Church when he was eight years old, but after his mother died a few months later, his dad remarried and he was raised Catholic. My mom was raised Lutheran. After attending my mom's Lutheran church for a while, my dad felt it wasn't for him and started to remember the things he learned as a young child in the LDS Church. He invited my mom to meet with the LDS missionaries and she was shortly baptized. I was raised in the LDS Church, but it wasn't until my college years that I became truly converted. While taking a World Religions course at a community college, I started to question whether the LDS Church really was God's church on earth. All these religions seemed to teach the same thing, just in different ways. What made the LDS Church so special? While struggling with the idea of whether or not there was only one right church on earth, my stake/congregation was visited by an Apostle, Russell M. Nelson. As soon as he walked into the room, I felt the power of God radiating from him. Never in my life had I felt such power. I knew this was the only church that had the authority to act for God on earth.

How I live my faith

I try to live as normal a life as possible. The LDS Church definitely influences my life. For example, I don't smoke, I am devoted to my family, I don't drink any alcohol, etc. However, I try to associate with everyone around me and be open to all sorts of ideas and views. Sunday meetings are a necessity for me. Every Sunday morning, I go to three hours of church where I learn more about the doctrines, principles, and scriptures. It's such a wonderful break from hectic everyday life. To just have a day where I can spend time with my family and focus on what is most important in life.