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Hi I'm Karin

I'm a mother of boys. I'm a teacher of young children. I love to read, cook, and travel. I love art. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a mother of five wonderful boys. I love to read, play the piano, sing, run, cook, paint/draw, blog, and travel. I enjoy spending time with my husband and boys and extended family. I graduated with a degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. I love to learn about the world around me: other cultures, nature, and history. I like going to museums and beautiful gardens. I like good food and beautiful sunsets. I have taught preschool and I love to teach art appreciation in my sons' elementary school classes and to volunteer all I can at the school. I like being with people and learning more about them. I like to hike and be outdoors. I don't love to wash my kitchen floor and pick up dirty socks that I find all over my house. My favorite sound is a baby's laugh.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because being a part of this church brings me incredible joy and purpose in my life. I was raised by parents who taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through their teachings and example, going to church, reading my scriptures, and being involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I came to know for myself that it is true. I have read the Book of Mormon multiple times and every time I learn something new and feel the sweet feeling of the Holy Ghost. I am grateful for the standards the Church gives as an anchor in this world of shifting values and for a living prophet who receives revelation from God for us in this day and age. I know this church was organized through the priesthood which is the power of God on earth. When I become discouraged I know that I can turn to my Heavenly Father in prayer for guidance and comfort. The Church provides an incredible network of people that look out for me and care for me. After I got married, I moved away from my family. It was scary at the time, but after I went to church that first Sunday, I had a "family" away from home. I had "visiting teachers" which were 2 women assigned to visit me every month and our family was assigned 2 "home teachers" who visited our family every month. We knew they cared and that we could call them if we ever needed help. The Church also provides many ways to give service to others and to develop talents through callings. I have always been a visiting teacher and have met and served women in all walks of life. I have taught lessons at church to children, teenagers, and adults. I have learned new skills and have developed a love for those I work with and serve. I am grateful for temples. I love my family with all my heart and am so grateful that I can be with them in this life and the next because we have been sealed together in the temple of God. I am a Mormon because being a member of Christ's church brings me closer to Him.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving as a leader of the young women in my ward, specifically the girls that are ages 14 and 15. This involves planning activities once a week that teach the girls different skills and helps them come closer to each other and to their Savior. I hold meetings each month where the girls help me plan these activities. This way they can learn leadership and planning skills. I also take turns teaching them a lesson at church on Sunday on various assigned topics such as honesty, studying the scriptures, serving at home and in the community. The Church provides a program for the girls ages 12-18 called "Personal Progress" that outlines different activities that involve studying the scriptures, writing in a personal journal, service, and developing talents. It is separated into 8 values: faith, divine nature, individual worth, choice and accountability, good works, integrity, and virtue. I assist the girls in making goals and working to complete this program. These girls build my faith as I watch them stand for the right and serve those around them. They are faced with all kinds of adversity, yet they are strong because they know that they are special and that they are daughters of a Heavenly Father that loves them. I feel it a privilege to work with them as a leader and am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity.