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Hi I'm Karla

I have two families. My California family with my dad, non LDS. My Oregon family with my mom, LDS. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a non LDS family of my biological father, mother, older sister, and my twin brother. When I was 3 my parents separated due to my abusive father. 2 years later, my mom got remarried to an inactive member who already had 2 sons of his own. Together we made a family of 7 with all of the children about a year apart. Shortly after their marriage, the missionaries tracked into us and our family was baptized. My father also remarried about 10 years after the divorce. Him and his wife and their son live in California. They are not members nor do they have any LDS background. Throughout my high school years and many struggles, I found my own, unique love for the gospel. Having one family who is strong and faithful in the church, and another who was basically anti-Mormon was very difficult. It was hard to find my way and learn to find my own strength in the church and be steadfast in that strength no matter where I was or who I was with. But, I did it. Now, my biological father and his wife admire me for my passion and endurance in the gospel and are much more supportive because of my actions. Now that we are of age, my twin brother and I will be going on missions and ALL of my family is happy and supportive of our decisions. My story is not incredible, or probably that rare, but it is real and strong and I am proud to say that it has a happy ending in the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

Honestly, I did not choose to be a member of the church. I was 8 years old when I was baptized and I did not know what it meant to be a member. However, as you grow up in the gospel you learn things about yourself, your character, and what you want to do with your life. You see many of your peers fall away from the church, and many others who thrive in the gospel. During my teen years I saw close friends and relatives fall away and choose not participate in the church any longer. That's when I decided to be a member. That's when I said, "That is NOT how I want to live my life". After that, I was a steadfast and enthusiastic member. I enjoy every Sunday, every activity, and I know every lesson and talk has importance. Being a member of the church has taught me how amazing and fulfilled my life can be if I choose to live in accordance to the standards and commandments of this gospel. I did not choose to be baptized into this church, I chose to be member. To live it everyday and show people who I am, not by telling them, but by them seeing my actions. I love and appreciate every day that Heavenly Father allows me to prosper in this gospel, and I don't know what I would do or who I would be without it.

How I live my faith

I have had one calling so far; Laurel's President. Although many take lightly to callings of this magnitude, I do not. Every calling is important--if it wasn't important, we wouldn't have it. This calling was a huge blessing and aide in my life. I could actually see changes in our Young Women's group because of me. It was wonderful. I had that calling for a little over a year, and when I graduated from High School, they had to release me. I was very sad not to able to serve the Young Women in that calling any longer, but I was so grateful for the time that I had. I have always been fairly active in participating in my ward any way that I could. And I always enjoyed new and more opportunities to serve and get to know all of the members. There are so many great and amazing people to meet if we just take the time to be a little selfless and serve our ward, our church, and our community.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Family to me, as a young adult, is the people who have raised, nurtured, and loved you throughout your lifetime. For some, this your mom and dad, to others it's your grandparents, to others it's aunts and uncles. However, once you are older the term family reaches out to you, your spouse, your children and the people who help you raise your children. These people are your family. And, Heavenly Father has given us the knowledge that we will live forever in eternity with our families if we hold up our end of the deal and strive and endure as best as we can in this life. For my person story, half of my immediate family active members and the other half is either inactive or not members, however, I know that as long as I am living the commandments and trying my best, Heavenly Father would not allow me to live for eternity without them. Show more Show less