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Hi I'm Kara

I grew up in Spokane, Washington. I am a wife and mother of 3 young ones. I have big dreams. I have seen miracles. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother of 3 young ones! I went to college at BYU in Provo Utah and graduated in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership. I have a passion for young people and a desire to mentor them in those years where they are deciding what kind of adults they want to be. I served an LDS mission for a year and a half to Buenos Aires, Argentina. While living among and serving the amazing Argentine people I began to understand even more how I could help influence lives for the better through kind deeds, words of love and developing my talents. I currently work with high school aged foreign exchange students from all of over the world. I have "daughters" from Germany, Chile and Thailand. I love this program because while here they discover themselves, their strengths and their weaknesses; they become stronger, better and more confident in their own abilities. My life was redefined when I was told I had a tumor growing inside my spinal cord inside my neck, if it was not removed right away I would eventually become paralyzed. The tumor was removed, when I awoke I was unable to feel my body from my ribs down. I could not walk or stand. How was I going to take care of my family now? After months of physical therapy I was standing and walking with assistance. I still don't feel my legs but NOW I RUN! I recently was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Modern medicine has now saved my life twice! I have big dreams! I have seen miracles!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in my early teens I was facing a crossroads in my life. My parents were recently divorced and I was starting to make unwise choices, I was lost, I felt no peace, I felt nothing. A friend invited me to come to church with her one Sunday and I told her I didn't want to because I felt like people would make fun of me for not knowing answers to questions. I went anyway. That day was the beginning of the rest of my life. I felt something! I felt love, I felt peace, I felt truth! What started as a desire to be somewhere where I felt loved and important grew into a desire to know and understand why these people known as Mormons were so happy. I wanted to understand what they believed for myself. I began to learn about the scriptures, about the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I began to learn about a living Prophet and Twelve Apostles. I learned about Joseph Smith and the Priesthood of God being restored to the earth. I learned about Temples and Eternal Families. Most importantly I learned about Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for me. Slowly learning and knowing turned into feeling and believing. I knew for myself because of what I felt that all of the principles that I was being taught were true. More importantly, it was in those 1st couple of years that I decided that I would live my life in such a way that I could partake of all of the blessings being taught to me. I wanted to live my life in such a way that I was always worthy to be taught by the Spirit of God. In my little world I began to firmly believe that my Heavenly Father loved me! I was a lost young girl and He showed me the way. He gave me countless people who genuinely loved me and cared for me. By the time I was graduating from high school I knew that I wanted nothing more in my life than to be able to return the favor and be and instrument in His hands to bless another life, just as mine had been. I know it and I feel it! That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by working with my husband to try make my home a haven. We try to teach my children that Heavenly Father loves them dearly and wants to hear from them in prayer. We try to teach them about Jesus Christ and how His life, death and resurrection is the greatest story every told. We read with them from the scriptures and testify to them of their teachings. We tell them that we have a Prophet living on the earth today and Twelve Apostles just as Jesus Christ did when he was on the earth. We try to show them by our example that the most important thing we can do in this life is to love others. We go to the Temple often and tell our children of how thankful we are for the Priesthood of God and the promise of Eternal Families. As a family we often have high school aged foreign exchange students living in our home. They come from all over the world and from all different faiths. As they come into our home it is apparent right away to them how important our beliefs are to us. They see us in prayer several times a day and reading from the scriptures daily. They sometimes go to church with us and learn more about our beliefs. We enjoy spending time talking to each of them about their beliefs, their life values. We have had a Buddhist, a Catholic and and Atheist live with us. It is a very fulfilling experience to learn about how different but similar we all really are. I have served for a few years as a Cultural Arts director for the other members of the Church in the community. I was lucky to be able to direct a musical production that was seen by a couple thousand people and told the story of Esther and her amazing sacrifice and faith. I was also honored to be able to organize a large production involving most all of the youth in our area where many of them discovered their talents and brought it our stage. I am filled with a desire to continue to live my life and my faith in a way that blesses the lives of many. I want to pay it forward.