What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Kari

I'm a mother of three fun and crazy kids. I love to hike and to read. I love dessert!! And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to one of the funniest people that I know. He makes me laugh everyday. I am a mom of three young kids. They keep me more than busy, from dance classes to homework to cub scouts. But I revel in the craziness and chaos of raising my kids. I love to make lists with my kids, of all the fun things that we want to do each season, and then just start doing them and crossing them off the list. I find that if I write it down, it's more likely to happen. If I don't write it down, it most likely gets forgotten. I love to throw parties, the kind where people eat great food and laugh a lot. I love to bake. My idea of relaxing would be to spend all day looking at cookbooks, choosing new recipes to bake, and trying them out. I love to talk to people... neighbors, friends, and especially my siblings and parents. I come from a very large family, and my sisters are my very best friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a household where my father was Catholic and my mother was Mormon. I was baptized and confirmed catholic at the request of my dad, but was taught the teachings and doctrines of both religions in my home. My parents are both wonderful people, but my mother, to me, is an example of a true follower of Christ. She lives her testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and her example is what lead me to choose to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 18. I have been a faithful member of the church ever since and the joy that the Gospel brings to my life is indescribable. A lot of times in my prayers, I find myself thanking my Heavenly Father for the foundation that the gospel of Jesus Christ provides for my family. How grateful I am for that foundation! I often literally visualize my life as a building and the Gospel as the solid footing that holds everything that my life is – up. I think of all of the aspects of my life that are upheld by having the gospel as its base: my marriage, my children, my choice to be a stay-at-home-mom, the activities that I choose to do or not to do in my daily life, the standards that I have, the people that I enjoy being with, would all be completely different without the gospel of Jesus Christ as my foundation. Again, how grateful I am for that foundation!

How I live my faith

I love to serve at church. I am one of the leaders of the women's organization in our area. Along with a committee of wonderful women, I help plan and facilitate all of the activities, meetings and service projects for the women that I attend church with. I love the opportunity to reach out to my sisters in the Gospel, and to create activities that bring them closer to our Savior. Serving in the church is something that has brought me great happiness and has helped me develop many new talents.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is what we as individuals believe, the things that I personally know to be true. Anyone can gain a testimony of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel for themselves, by praying to God and asking. He will answer you, and let you know the truth through the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost witnessed to me that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that the Book of Mormon is a true book and many other things, by giving me a wonderful, happy feeling when I asked God. My personal testimony of these truths is the most important thing that I possess in my life. Show more Show less