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Hi I'm Karrie

I grew up in Mesa, AZ. I'm a mom of 4 1/2 and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have four amazing children and am pregnant for the last time (after 3 miscarriages). My kids keep me on my toes and challenge my patience in so many different ways each day. I used to be a volleyball player, a coach, a 6th grade teacher and recently a substitute. Now my days are filled with laundry, chauffering, reading stories, soccer practices, piano lessons... And I wouldn't have it any other way. I love what I do, though sometimes feel so underappreciated and escape to an occasional pedicure (way too seldom). I grew up in Mesa, AZ, but went to college at Eastern AZ, and then on to The University of New Orleans. My husband and I have lived on Long Island, NY while he went to school, and I have loved getting to see different parts of the country. I've learned that in escaping my comfort zone of Mesa there are good people everywhere, friends that have taught me so much. Our family recently moved across the state to Prescott Valley, so my days are filled with getting used to my new surroundings, unpacking boxes, decorating my house (that part's not going so well), and trying to meet new people. I enjoy playing sports especially volleyball. I try to stay active so I don't gain 100 pounds this pregnancy. I go walking and try Zumba, though I have NO rhythm. I've hiked the Grand Canyon several times and am looking forward to 2013 when I go for it once again.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon. I am the 5th child of eight. I grew up going to church every Sunday, always there on time. My parents did everything they could to instill good gospel values in my siblings and me, but I was an indifferent kid. I didn't do much wrong, but didn't actively read my scriptures or pray honestly, or try to do good for others. I just kind of floated along. Lucky for me, I finally grew up and matured a little bit. Going away to college was the best thing I could have done. I chose a small junior college as a transition and it was good for me, but I feel like my best growing up came when I went to New Orleans. I had to truly learn what I stood for, as there were so many temptations. I was surrounded by many people who didn't know what a Mormon was or anything about the Church. For the first time I sincerely read the Book of Mormon and learned it was true. I had to learn for myself what I believed and had to be confident in those beliefs because I was asked questions about my church all the time. I am grateful for Heavenly Father's plan for me. I am grateful that if I can choose the right and endure to the end then I can be with my family for eternity. I'm grateful for a loving Savior who suffered for all my mistakes, both big and small so I can repent. I'm grateful to have the Book of Mormon in my home as a guideline for how I should be living. I"m grateful to have a living Prophet on the earth whose words are so inspired and seem to speak just to me.

How I live my faith

As a mom I have discovered that living my faith is a full time job. I have four kids that look to me and my example all the time, for good or bad. As a family we read scriptures every night, we pray together and enjoy spending Monday evenings together for family night. We play games, sing, and share gospel messages. My 3 year old just taught a lesson for family night. It was quite simply, "be nice," that's it - perfect. Personally, I pray alone day and night and read scriptures on my own. I was once challenged to find someone to serve daily. Though it's been hard, I've tried to do that over the years, although I admit, I've faltered a lot. When I do these things, I feel like I have a little better grip on my life and can handle the curveballs that come my way. I have had the opportunity to serve in the church for my entire married life. I have gotten to teach the young kids as a primary teacher for a majority of the time. I love their sincerity, the simple messages I get to give them and the music (though I DO NOT sing well at all). I have gotten to work a little with the youth as well. Those teenagers amaze me. I cannot believe their strength, their testimonies, their goodness and their steadfastness. Currently, I help organize all the women in my ward as they strive to teach each other in their homes, called Visiting Teaching. It is a lot more involved than I thought it would be and has required a lot of prayer and counsel with others to try to make the best matches. Visiting teaching is an incredible way for the women in the church to help one another out. Women are paired up with another woman and assigned a few ladies to visit. Being a visiting teacher creates bonds and friendships that for me have personally lasted for years, for both the sisters I have taught and the ones that have come to my home every month to visit me. I'm grateful for the opportunities I have had to serve in the Church.