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Hi I'm KaraLyn

I'm a California girl, well woman now. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dental hygienist, but most importantly, I am a wife, daughter, mom, and grandmother. I have lived a pretty blessed life. I have wonderful parents, and a loving husband, and dear children, and the cutest grandchildren ever. I have enjoyed being the cheering section for my three daughters as they have done sports, music, succeeded in school, and grown into beautiful women and mothers. Sounds like a pretty charmed existence huh? Well as I was mixing up the homemade rolls for our Easter dinner in 2003, my husband called to me from the bedroom. I said, "Just a minute." I was making the rolls! I walked in after a few minutes and found him collapsed on the floor with an excruciating headache, and unable to move. Yes he was having a stroke, and our lives have never been the same since. He was left with Post Stroke Pain Syndrome which results in horrible pain on the affected side of the body. He has been through narcotics, and now has a neurostimulator on his brain which reduces the pain somewhat. He is still requires lots of medication. He's able to go to work, but comes home and needs lots of rest, and spends most of his weekend recuperating in bed. That of course, leaves a lot of responsibility for me.

Why I am a Mormon

So how can I have all these challenges in my life, and still be so happy? That's easy, because of the grace of the Savior. Through his, "enabling power" I can "do all things." I understand how much our Heavenly Father loves each of his children. He wants us to return and live with him after this life is through. He has made that possible through the atonement of His son Jesus Christ. I could never handle all the stress in my life on my own. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, I can not only be forgiven of my sins, but I can be strengthened to keep going, keep helping others and feel peace and joy along the way. I love the words in one of our hymns, "I Believe in Christ." I believe in Christ; so come what may, With Him I'll stand in that great day When on the earth He comes again To rule among the sons of men. My life is good, "so come what may," because of the love of my Heavenly Father, and the atonement of His son.

How I live my faith

My dear parents live nearby. My mom has had diabetes for 40 years. My dear dad has cared for her so well, as she has developed Alzheimer's disease. That meant he monitored her blood sugar levels, and programmed her insulin pump, and monitored her medications. Last year he had surgery and developed a horrible infection. He almost died, and he was left with some brain damage too. Now both parents need a lot of help. People talk about the "sandwich generation," which is when someone is caring for their children and their parents. I figure that I am a club sandwich. I have children nearby who need help with their kids from time to time, so I get to help my parents, my husband, my children and my grandchildren. It's challenging sometimes, and yet I have so much joy in my life. I love being a Mormon! My faith is what fills my cup so that I can keep pouring it out to others. In addition to serving my family and extended family, I serve in my church. All of this giving is returned to me in blessings from God, and my "cup truly runneth over." I have been involved in our schools serving on the PTA, helping in the classroom, room mother, and sports team mom. I have taught the youth at church, the women and the adults. One of my favorite "callings" in the church was to teach the teenagers the scriptures at 6:00am every weekday morning. What a great opportunity to study the words of Christ, and share them with wonderful young people every morning.