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Hi I'm Karin

I grow peaches and filberts on our small family farm. I like hiking, gardening, and travelling and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived most of my life in Corvallis, Oregon. My parents created a small farm and now 3 generations of my family have worked growing peaches and hazelnuts--our kids grew up working at the Farmer's Market. My husband and I really like farming, my specialities are pruning, thinning and gardening. Every fall we gather up all the apples we can find and have a cider pressing party. We have 4 sons and one daughter, all are married, graduated from college, and are happy people. Our 9 grandchildren (7 redheads) are a wonderful part of our life. We try to stay informed about what's happening in the world, we love the Constitution, we write our congressmen on occasion. We hike and camp and raft white water. We travel when we can. We love our time with our family the best.

Why I am a Mormon

I have faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the Bible and Book of Mormon, they have been the guide for my life, I do my best to follow the teachings of the Savior as recorded by the prophets in those books. I am so grateful to know there is a prophet on the earth today, just the same as in the days of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Isaiah. It makes perfect sense to me that God would want to guide and direct us today just as He did anciently. I know He loves me and all mankind--we are His children. He is a perfect Father, perfect in understanding, compassion, grace, patience. He is all powerful, merciful and just. There's a lot I don't know about Heaven and Earth, but I know enough about my Heavenly Father that I know I can trust Him, He does all that He does out of love for us, His greatest desire is for our eternal joy. I am a Mormon because I believe this church has God's authority to act in His name. He has taught us the eternal laws and ordinances His blessings are based on. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to set the example and mark the way. Our life on Earth is a period of testing--are we willing to do things His way? None of us will live perfectly, we all make many mistakes, but that is what the Atonement of Jesus Christ is for. He has made it possible for us to change, to try again, He offers forgiveness for our sins and the grace or enabling power to overcome our evil tendencies. I love the Gospel for what it has done for my family. Our children grew up knowing they were responsible to behave themselves. We expected alot from them. They knew they were loved. We believe we are an eternal unit, death is only a temporary separation. This gave me a feeling of great peace when my mother died last year. I miss her every day, but I know I'll be with her again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith most importantly at home--I do my best! When the children were home we had weekly Family Home Evenings where we taught gospel principles, performed small service projects, ate treats, played games and sang songs. We prayed together and worked together. I have served as a teacher for children and young men and women most of my adult life. Right now I'm a Seminary teacher--high school students meet daily before school for religious instruction, this year we are studying the Old Testament, next year we will study the New Testament. It is an important part of my life. Sometimes I am called upon to lead music or play the piano or substitute in the nursery or teaching a class for young children. I take my turn speaking in our church meetings, I participate in taking a meal to a new mother or visiting the elderly. I find a lot of joy working with my friends and neighbors, each one "seeking the interest of his neighbor". Some people think the time I spend in "church work" is a burden, but it always lifts my spirit, helps me improve my life, and when I bring a little sunshine to someone else, it feels wonderful to me!