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Hi I'm Karin Olsen

I'm from Idaho, currently living in Hawaii. I have been called to serve in the México Hermosillo Mission. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old, and preparing to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been called to serve in the México Hermosillo Mission, and could not be more thrilled! My parents raised me in the church along with my five brothers, and one sister. I was born in Idaho, and have been lucky to live in different places while growing up. My mom is from Perú, and my dad is from Idaho, so I was taught both Spanish and English at the same time. We lived in Perú for five years, and there I was baptized and confirmed a member of this church at the age of eight. Arizona was our next home for three years, then we made the move back to Idaho. We lived there for six years, and during those years I attended high school and graduated in 2013. Throughout high school I played on the tennis team, and met some of my closest friends. I also spent time learning how to play the cello, and practicing the piano and violin. I love music. It helps me clear my mind and it helped me get past the overwhelming days I use to have quite often in school. For years my parents planned on moving and were kind enough to wait until I graduated. The years came and went, and two days after graduation we made the move to Hawaii. Four months later I received my mission call. Now seven months later, I feel excited and so blessed to have the opportunity to serve the people in México.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know this church is true. The knowledge I have about this gospel brings me so much joy, and I want to share that with others. Although I was born and raised in the gospel, I made the choice to continue in Jesus Christ's footsteps, and have gained a testimony of my own that continues to grow. I have felt His love for me. I have felt peace in my heart whenever I am troubled. I know He hears and answers our prayers by our faith, and open hearts. The Lord has stayed by my side through my weakest moments, and continues to guide me past my worries and unsure paths. He knows of my struggles, and knows my fears. He knows me. He knows all of us. And I know that if we let Him, He will lead us past our struggles and turn our fears into triumphs. I testify of Heavenly Father's goodness and grace. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. He suffered and died for each and every one of us, so that we may be able to repent and return to live with Him and Heavenly Father, and receive everlasting life. I know we have a true and living prophet on the earth today, Prophet Thomas S. Monson, who leads and guides us under the direction of our Father in Heaven. My testimony is something that can never be taken away from me. I cherish my testimony and this gospel. I feel peace in knowing that families can be together forever. I know that temples are a holy place, and it is the house of The Lord. It is where heaven meets earth. I love my Father in Heaven, and His Son, Jesus Christ. I love the Book of Mormon, and I know it is true. I love being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by preparing to serve a mission, and accepting the callings I am given. Not long after I moved to Hawaii, I was called to be a Young Single Adult Representative for my ward. This calling was a blessing in disguise for me. At first I was nervous because I had just moved in to the area, and hardly knew anyone, but that quickly changed. This calling gave me the opportunity, and responsibility, to attend weekly activities and help others come as well. Through this calling I met so many wonderful people, learned more about the gospel, and was able to share my testimony and hear others share theirs too. My second calling was being a primary teacher for 6 and 7 year olds. Although I taught them for one short month, I loved my primary class and their sweet answers to everything. I will miss these callings, but am looking forward to serve The Lord as a missionary for His church.