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Hi I'm Karla

I'm a wife and mother. I'm a Seminary (Bible Study) teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay-at-home mom, and I love it! It's such a blessing to me! I enjoy lots of things. Naturally I'm more of a creative person. I like to sing and play the piano. I like to help my children learn songs to perform for others. I like to decorate cakes, arrange flowers, cook, make bread, sew, and take pictures of my family. I like to read about other people and other cultures, and I like to travel. I've studied a lot about healthy eating and healthy living, but I still have to talk myself into exercising and talk myself out of eating too many sweets. I'm a night-owl by nature, but over the years I've trained myself to get up early in the morning. I have spent time volunteering at my kids' schools and in the community. I delight in the successes of my children. Like me and my husband, they are involved in a wide variety of things. They play on their school sports teams, they sing, some play instruments, they do well in their academic studies, and they serve in leadership capacities at their schools. I've tried to teach them to give everything their best effort. I love being a wife and mother, and some of my happiest moments have been the times I've been able to watch my children or my husband succeed in their endeavors. Happy times also come for me when I'm able to do a service for someone else, like taking them a meal or a goodie, visiting them when they need a friend, or helping in some way that they need help. I am blessed to have a great life!

Why I am a Mormon

I started out being a Mormon simply because I was born to parents who were Mormons. I've continued being a Mormon because step-by-step I've gained my own testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. This has come by through study and prayer, and sometimes through trial and error. I haven't always kept the commandments perfectly, and in those times that I have made mistakes, I've been able to feel a difference in my life -- a difference I didn't like. I know that I am much happier when I am living as the scriptures teach us to live. I have not had any giant faith-promoting experiences, just lots of little things. I know it is by the small, and seemingly-simple things we do in our lives each day that we gradually become the person God wants us to become. I am grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ and for the gift He gave us of the Atonement. I'm thankful that I can repent and be forgiven. I'm thankful that I have the opportunity to be resurrected someday and be with my family forever. Through studying and learning about our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, I have come to know that they are real. The quiet whisperings of the Holy Ghost and feelings that have come to my heart and mind from the Holy Ghost have confirmed these things to me. I know our Heavenly Father loves each of us and wants us to live so that we can return to Him someday. I know He sent His son to provide the way for us to make it home to Him.

How I live my faith

I start out living my faith every morning at 4:30. My calling (non-paid temporary assignment) is to teach seminary to the teenagers in our church. A seminary class is like a Bible-study group, except we meet every morning of the week before school. I have 19 high school freshmen who come to the church at 5:45 a.m. every day to learn about the gospel. It is wonderful for me to teach them and to learn from them. This year we have been studying the Old Testament. Next year we'll study the New Testament, then the Book of Mormon, then the Doctrine & Covenants along with the history of our church. Every four years, the study starts all over again. I love reading the scriptures and studying the words of the prophets and the word of God. As a family, we pray each morning (whoever is home at the time). We pray over our meals, and at night we read the scriptures and pray as a family. Ideally we would like to do that every day -- we try, but we don't always meet that goal. We try to have dinner as a family each night and family time each week where we study the gospel together and do some type of activity together. With everyone's busy schedules, that doesn't always happen, but that's the goal. It makes me happy that my children enjoy spending time with each other (well, sometimes they don't, but usually!), and I think it is because of our efforts to do things as a family. My faith and my family are the most important things to me.