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Hi I'm Karal

I love my husband. I love my kids. I love my dogs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

A perfect evening for me is reading a good book with my dogs cuddled up with me. I would include my husband in this idyllic scene, but more than likely he's watching football in his man cave (aka The Fortress of Solitude). I am the proverbial football widow; however, he does the laundry while he watches, so I won't complain. I love when my children come home for a visit with all of the hullabaloo their visits bring, very reminiscent of when they were teens. I love my job (which includes an office dog), and enjoy running even though my running partner (a Belgian Malinois) often looks up at me at the end of her leash as if to say, "Really? Is that all the faster you can go?"

Why I am a Mormon

For me, the gospel is very freeing. Living by its precepts helps me avoid unnecessary stress and fear. My faith in Jesus Christ helps me know that despite the trials we go through in this life, there is hope of better things if we keep His commandments. And when I make mistakes, His atonement gives me the opportunity to repent and become spiritually clean again. I love His plan that says I can have my family with me forever if I will just be obedient. Quite simply the gospel brings me joy!

How I live my faith

I work in an organization that promotes three core values: "service before self," "integrity," and "excellence in all we do." I have never had a problem with those core values because of how I was raised in the church. The gospel is all about those core values. Since I turned 18, I have rarely not had an opportunity to serve at church, and all of the jobs I've had have helped me develop these core values and my talents. I currently am responsible for preparing the printed program for Sunday services. Some might see that as a simple thing. I don't. I have the opportunity to bolster the messages of the speakers by picking an appropriate quote and picture for the cover. I publish a calendar to help families coordinate busy schedules. I put in special message for children at their level. These are simple things, but I love the opportunity to take what some might see as a simple activity and serve those in my congregation.