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Hi I'm Karine

I am a wife of nearly 50 years, a mother, a grandmother, a reader, a quilter, a cookbook author and.....I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah, but after college I moved to Arizona where my husband and I raised our 5 children. While trying to find creative ways to enrich our Family Home Evenings and improve "family dining", I helped create a series of cookbooks (Make-a-Mix). This experience provided an amazing opportunity of being able to travel and teach the benefits of saving time, money and energy in the kitchen. Our motto: "The kitchen was created to bring families together". I enjoy reading, exercise, machine embroidery, quilting and cooking. I find particular joy in seeing the accomplishments and successes of our children and grandchildren. I am a great "cheer leader". I recognize each individual as unique and desire for each of them to feel they are valued and loved by both their earthly and heavenly parents. Enjoyed serving a mission with my husband in the Asia Area for 18 months.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born and raised as a Mormon, I have had my testimony enlarged and made stronger throughout the years. I choose to be a Mormon because it makes me happy to have a purpose to my life. The promise of an eternal family, motivates me to live as charitably and obediently as I can. I have witnessed tender mercies from my Heavenly Father in answer to my heart-felt prayers. Nothing brings me greater joy than seeing family members increase in their testimonies and desires to live the gospel. Knowing we are ALL God's children encourages me to be an example for good to everyone.

How I live my faith

One of the most memorable ways I have found to live my faith, was to serve a mission with my husband to the Asia Area. My heart expanded to appreciate and love all of the wonderful people throughout the world. This opportunity increased my testimony of God's love for all of his children. I live my faith by trying to be a good example to our children and grandchildren. I have found that when I am constant in my testimony and true to my covenants both at baptism and in the temple, I have a peace that comes no other way. My husband and children are the primary motivation for living the principles of the gospel. My love for them is an expression of appreciation to my Heavenly Father for the gift of having this life experience with them. I am comforted in the fact that the Savior, Jesus Christ, is the way our family can be united forever. It is my constant prayer to be worthy of this blessing--not only for me, but for each family member. I try to live my life so that it is an expression of the joy and appreciation I have to my Savior for the gift of life with its accompanying challenges and promised blessings.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

It is my personal experience that most people love the idea of being united as a family. With the decline in family values throughout the word, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers a plan that teaches the purpose of life. Understanding individual worth and expressing love to each other is very appealing to people of faith. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

One of our responsibilities as missionaries in the Asia Area was to assist in the humanitarian activities in that part of the world. During the tsumani in December 2004, we personally witnessed the church in action as donations were made to many victims and their families. Never was there any qualifying for these needed funds and services. The gifts were given as needed. They were given in the spirit of love for all of God's children. Show more Show less