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Hi I'm Karen Tobler

I grew up in El Centro, California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of four. One son and three fair daughters. A wife to a hard-working good man. I love talking to my sisters on the phone. I try to exercise. I eat cold cereal every night at 11:00pm. I'm a sporadic blogger. I like to bake. And read with my book club. I do not eat sushi. I'm a reformed adrenaline junkie. I have skydived and bungee-dived. I love the TV show Law & Order. I grew up on a farm in Mesa, AZ. My family moved to the Imperial Valley, CA when I was in fifth grade. I studied International Relations at Brigham Young University and later became a World History high school teacher in Calexico, CA. After moving back to Arizona, I worked in real estate, then as a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company. I lived in Madrid, Spain for six months while attending BYU. [Yet my Spanish is still spotty...]. I've been married for 14 years. My husband says if seems like we've been married for only 20 minutes. [Underwater]. Despite our quirks, I find the people that I like to hang out with the most are my husband and my kids. My kids tutor me daily about life. About patience, slowing down, and purity of heart. About our true divine nature.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that Joseph Smith saw and heard the things he said he did in the Sacred Grove. Therefore, I believe the Book of Mormon to be a true book, written for OUR time so that we may have another confirmation of the Savior and His teachings. It affirms the Bible. By internalizing and living these teachings, I find more peace and contentment. I am a Mormon because I know that Christ atoned for all my sins in the Garden of Gethsemane. He is my Savior and Redeemer. His atoning sacrifice is immeasurable. I am a Mormon because I have a strong heritage of ancestors who did what was unpopular back in the late 1800s and joined this church because they had a knowledge of its truth and never waivered in their testimonies. Some left the comfort of their well-to-do families in Liverpool, England and migrated to the United States where they suffered uncertainty, extreme hardship and poverty. They followed their convictions and used their time, talents, and all their means to serve God and their fellowmen as they trekked across the plains as pioneers. They teach me about unwaivering faith for one's belief in the face of adversity, true service, and standing for something that is good and true, albeit unpopular. I am a Mormon because I absolutely believe in a living prophet today. With the moral relativism of today, I take comfort in the knowledge that the Lord has provided a prophet, just as in times of old, to guide us, His children in an ever-changing society. I find comfort and stability in immutable eternal truths.

How I live my faith

I believe that the surest way of finding ourselves is to look outside of ourselves. One time during a particularly self-absorbed period in my life, my mom asked me who I was serving. I had only been serving myself and was pretty miserable as a direct result. Once I learned to look outside of myself and serve others, I found true happiness and peace. I live my faith by trying to follow Christ's example of service, compassion, and charity. Sometimes I think baking (and eating the baked goods!) is the panacea to all societal ills (except obesity). I like to bake for my family and friends to show my love. I live my faith today by serving in the Primary organization in my ward, which means I get to teach (and mostly learn from) the 3-12 year olds in my congregation. They have indomitable spirits, they inspire me, and I love them. It's builds my faith when I teach and re-learn the simple doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ again and again. I live my faith by trying to have more charity and compassion for others.