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Hi I'm Karin

I am a mother of 4. I take my family on food adventures at home and abroad. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Health, and how food relates to it, is a passion of mine. I know from experience as well as observation that what we eat plays a significant role in how we feel, behave, and endure. Over the years I've experimented with recipes from all over the world, both old and new, and have been intrigued, confused, and amused as diet recommendations have changed. I see our family kitchen is a lab, with me as scientist and my family as lab . . . subjects. I'm game to try most anything with food as long as the ingredients are natural and whole, and am especially intrigued with preparation methods from earlier times and cultures, exploring how the methods alter the nutritional value of the ingredients. Fortunately, my family has been game to play along. My children have learned that good nutrition makes a big difference in their lives, and I've been glad to see them making wise choices as they grow up and move out of the house. Food adventures have been in integral part of my life as a wife and mother. My kitchen lab is one part of how I view life as a whole: a time to explore, learn, question, discover, succeed, fail, and progress.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I've made a conscious choice to be one. Both sides of my family can trace their ancestry back to the early days of our church, so it might sound strange to say that I chose to be a Mormon. But it's what I've done. I was taught in church that I should come to know what I believe for myself, and not rely on someone else's understanding or beliefs. I was taught to study and learn, then to pray to God and ask him to tell me if what I've learned really is true. Life is an adventure, and there are endless opportunities to question and explore, fail and progress, try and succeed. In this adventure, I've learned to go to the source of spiritual guidance for spiritual knowledge (God), and to sources of secular guidance for secular knowledge (books, experts, food adventures, friends, family). I've approached my religion much like I approach what I eat: I want what really is best, and I want to know what I'm internalizing and why. So I'm a Mormon because I have put my beliefs to the test. I've explored, studied, questioned, experienced, discovered, and prayed and prayed and prayed. I know God hears and answers prayers. I also know He wants me to succeed, and that with His help I can.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving as the Director of the Public Affairs Council for my Stake (somewhat like a Catholic Dioces). Our Public Affairs mission is to help our members participate in the community as good neighbors, charitable citizens, and committed followers of Jesus Christ. To do this, we have partnered with other churches in the area to be part of a program that helps motivated homeless families get back on their feet, we have helped staff a yearly volunteer effort to help a children's historical living museum run their annual fundraising Pumpkin Hollow event, and have organized food and supply drives for those in disaster areas, among other things. I am also in charge of a committee that puts on an annual Community Nativity Display, with hundreds of nativity sets from around the world and choirs from churches around the area. I love organizing events, especially when they come together really well. I love working with people united around a worthwhile common goal. I love helping build bridges between people of all beliefs, from all cultures, and with all of life's experiences.