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Hi I'm Kara

I'm a New Zealander, a mother of three, a musician, a veterinarian, a postgraduate student and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I studied veterinary science and spent several years practising as a vet, during which time I married my lovely kind husband and had three beautiful children, two of whom are now teenagers. A couple of years ago I went back to university to further my education and am studying to be a veterinary epidemiologist. I'm crazy about Irish music and play the tin whistle, flute and Irish button accordion. I love folk festivals, growing my own vegetables and fruit (mostly organically) and enjoying the amazing beaches and scenery that we have here in New Zealand.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel is something that is a thread running deep through all aspects of my busy life. My religion is not just something that I do on a Sunday - my faith changes who I am and how I live day to day. One of the things I love about the gospel is that it encourages me to be my best - to be kinder, more forgiving, more honest, to be a better wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister and neighbour - and that even though I am far from perfect and fall down in many ways, because of the gift of Jesus Christ I can get up and dust myself off and keep trying to be better. I love that the gospel teaches that there is a plan for me and my family and that this life is only a small part of it. It gives me purpose and direction in my life to know this plan of happiness. When tough times have come to me and my family (and there have been some!) I have a constant source of hope and light to look to. I often wonder how I would get by without it. The Church gives us a great foundation to build our family on. Raising teenage boys is not easy at the best of times, but the gospel gives them consistent standards to protect them, a knowledge of their identity and worth as sons of God, and fantastic men as role models. I once remarked to a friend that "the Church is the best place to be a woman". In the Church we feel so valued and respected and able to contribute. I appreciate that the culture and teachings of the Church encourage boys and men to have respect towards us and treat us as partners and equals, so we in turn do not need to compete but are free to achieve our fullest potential.

How I live my faith

I lead the music for the children in Primary (our children's meeting for 3 to 11 year olds) on Sundays. I love to have fun with them - as well as songs that teach the gospel we do cute activity songs. Sometimes we play games or I bring dressups and we act out scripture stories that are related to the songs. Sometimes I play the ukulele. To get hugs and smiles from the kids is so rewarding. I love to see the faith that they are developing. I also help to run a choir at my daughter's school. We have 55 enthusiastic singers out of a roll of 180 children! I play the piano and organ at church every second Sunday. I really enjoy being able to use my musical talent to contribute to the spirit of the meetings. In the Church we have a responsibility to watch over and care for each other. I visit a young mother and two elderly women, who have become wonderful friends. One of them comes grocery shopping with me every week because she doesn't have a car. We have a great time and lots of laughs. I love that the Church encourages us to be service oriented and that this is not just a task, but a way of life.