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Hi I'm Karin

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of three beautiful daughters, and the grandmother of three grandsons and one granddaughter. I have my bachelors degree in social work. My husband has his master's degree in business. As far as my hobbies go, as strange as this may seem, I love to exercise. Three of my favorite routines are P90X, T25, and P90X3. I also love to go on walks. Another favorite daily activity I have is cleaning. I just don't like things dirty and feel so much better about my life when things are in order. Reading is another one of my favorite past times. I really like to read nutritional books and history books as well as juvenile fiction books like Harry Potter, and the Hunger games. I also love to hike as long as it's not too high since I have a slight fear of heights. I love being out in nature and appreciating the beautiful creations around me. I also love to travel and learn about new places. My husband was a business consultant while my children were young and we sometimes traveled with him. More recently, My husband and I owned a pet store and my children worked there while they were growing up. We very much enjoyed working with the animals and learning about them and caring for them. Needless to say, we have had many pets of our own through the years. Now that my children are grown, we have retired and are getting ready to serve a mission for our church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptised in the church when I was 8 years old. I remember how happy and clean I felt. I am so thankful that I can repent and take the sacrament every week and renew my baptismal promises. As you can imagine, a person might make some mistakes throughout their life. When I was in my teenage years I stopped going to church and got involved with peer groups that were a bad influence on me. I lost my testimony. I no longer believed in God. I had a lot of heart ache because I was making bad choices. Also, I had been sexually abused for a number of years as a child and was bitter. I felt that if there was a God, he would not have let this happen to me. When I was 15, and at the end of my rope, I prayed to know if there was a God. These were the first thoughts that came to my mind after I prayed: How did you feel when you were littlle and went to Primary at church? You were happy then! That night before I went to bed, I also kneeled to say my prayers and had such a warm feeling come over me as though I was being hugged very tightly. I started going back to church. I read the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price from front to end. I knew that these books were true and I knew that God existed and that He loved me and had a plan for me. I was able to forgive those that had hurt me and I was also able to be forgiven for my sins. I am thankful that Jesus Christ atoned for of our sins. I know this church is true. I know that gospel was restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that Thomas S. Monson is our prophet that leads us today. I have continued to go to church since that day when I was 15 and prayed. I never want to be without the gospel again. Sometimes I still make mistakes and get side tracked and don't always follow my Savior as best I could. Thankfully, I can repent and partake of the sacrament every Sunday to renew my baptismal covenant with Him.

How I live my faith

I love going to church every Sunday. It strengthens me and helps me to approach my week with optimism. I am currently serving as in a calling that involves teaching the children of our ward which I absolutely love. The organization in which I serve at church is called the Primary. The Primary is an organization in the church that teaches kids 18 months to 11 years old, the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love preparing and teaching lessons to the children. The lessons manuals are already written, and so that helps me a lot. I love reading them and deciding how best to teach the material to the children. When I was little, I loved going to church and I still remember the wonderful lessons my teachers taught me. During the week I have found it important and helpful to build my faith by reading my scriptures and praying both morning and night. This helps me to start off my day in the right way and end my day thinking of God. I also love to go visiting teaching. Visiting teaching is a great program in our church. Right now I have four women in my ward that I visit in their homes once a month. I am able to learn about these women and I have instant friends. It's a great social network. I also share a spiritual message with them once a month to brighten their day. If there is anything I can do to help them in a trial they may be facing, I'm there for them.