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Hi I'm Kari

I'm a Mormon. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and retired RN. I facilitated a support group for breast cancer survivors.

About Me

My first role is a wife and mother. I love being around my family. They are the most important people in my life. Grandchildren make me laugh. I love to read to them. I also am a retired RN. I worked with breast cancer survivors and facilitated a support group. I really enjoy traveling, and meeing new people, learning of their culture and sampling their foods. Reading is a favorite pastime but my passion is gardening. Flowers are an amazing creation from our Heavenly Father. I call flowers "eye candy" for my soul. I still marvel at the process of sowing seeds and planting in the spring and then having fun working the soil, watering and weeding. This usually will produce a bounty of harvest in autumn.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by parents that taught me about the Savior. But after I married a member of the church, I had more questions about some of the things I was taught about Jesus, and God. I wanted to find out more about what God and Jesus were like, really, I wanted to know what they wanted me to do in this life. I had met some neighbors that were members of the church. I liked them and being around them. There was something different about them. My husband and I talked about it and we invited the missionaries to teach me. My husband was a great influence for this change of heart as he was raised in the church. I learned that I have a Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ are separate beings. The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit. I had never been taught these doctrines in my youth. I felt it was so right and true. The missionaries taught me about the restoration of the gospel in the 'latter days' and we have a prophet on the earth. I studied the Book of Mormon and prayed for understand and a witness of the truth. It took me a few weeks to realize those things were true. I was baptized 34 years ago and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. It was a new beginning for me. My life changed so that I knew what I was to do to return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. My family was so upset with me for this choice but after time they saw what a great influence my conversion was on me and my growing family. I have a testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and his atonement for me. I know he loves me and I am a child of a loving Heavenly Father. He knows my trials, struggles and strengths. He lifts my burdens. I know we have a prophet to help us here on the earth. I find great strength in my family, I know we are an eternal family, sealed in the House of the Lord. Sharing this message of hope is a great privilege.

How I live my faith

It is a wonderful thing to be of service in the church. I enjoy going out to visit other 'sisters' in our ward. If we can support each other through many happy times, and also sad or trying times, isn't that what the Savior asked us to do? I try to live as He did, loving people and giving as I am able of my time, and the talents with which He has blessed me. I enjoyed teaching the children music at church. Seeing them eager to know more about our Savior was so fun. Smiling children are contagious, you just have to smile back. Sharing my love of flowers with my neighbors and friends is such a joy. Giving of oneself to others is what makes me happy, whether it is teaching a Sunday school lesson or taking a meal to a new mother. It is all part of my life as a member of the church.