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Hi I'm Karli Willden

I grew up in Northern California. I love to laugh. I love to write. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to laugh. It's a trait that I get that from my family. I grew up with five brothers and from a young age, my parents taught us to tease, tell jokes, have fun, and tell good stories. I recently got married, and a trait that made me fall in love with my husband was how happy and optimistic he always he is. He always laughs at my jokes, so he is a good companion. We like to be silly and just have fun. Family is important to us. We love spending time with family and creating memories. I love my memories so much that I write them all down. I have kept a journal since I was ten, they are a great source of happiness to me. There is so much to appreciate about life and to enjoy. I love to remember all the good things that I have experienced.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of this church because it was the religion of my family, well at least that's how it started. I decided at a young age I didn't want to believe in a religion just because my family did, and neither did they. My parents encouraged me to study and to learn, and to find out for myself if it was really true. I wanted to have my own sincere belief and conviction in the faith, independent of my family or anyone else. If it was really true, I wanted to know for sure on my own. Growing up in my family we would always pray together, read scriptures, and attend church, but it wasn't until I read the Book of Mormon and the Bible on my own, that I began to have my own personal beliefs begin to form. I will never forget the first time I intently sought to know the truth and what I felt in the process. I felt peace and a feeling of assurance that God lives, and that He was aware of me. I love how I feel when I read the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, because I want to be better, I want to do good things, and I feel closer to God. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. I know it because of my own, independent, personal experiences. I did not see God, or literally hear his voice, but I can say that the feelings of my heart left a great impression on me. I see God's hand in my life daily, especially in the details. This church gives my life meaning, purpose, and direction. It gives me strength in hard times, helps me to know God's true attributes, and helps me to be grateful. It helps make my family to be close. It is not always easy to be a member, but because I know it is true I strive to live with integrity to my experiences and beliefs. It is always worth it. I am grateful for this gospel and how it makes my life so much better. I wish everyone would learn more about this gospel, especially my friends, because it means so much to me, and I know much it can help them to have a meaningful life and be happy. I'm grateful.

How I live my faith

Every day I try to be a little better than I was the day before. I strive to love others the best I can and to learn from their unique characteristics. Everyone has divinity within, so I try to see their best attributes. I attend church each week, say morning and evening prayers, and strive to be a friend to others and serve them. I avoid substances that are harmful to my body and strive to practice self-discipline. Scriptures provide strength, perspective and purpose in my life. I try to do those things that help me feel close to God, which makes me feel good inside. I know that when I follow God's plan, my life is much better and I'm happy.