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Hi I'm Karina

I'm an outdoor enthusiast, an artist, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

To me, the beauty of nature is one of the greatest evidences we have of God’s love! I spend as much time as possible outside, rock climbing, cycling, hiking, camping, and working in my garden. I’m also an artist (when I can force myself inside to work in my studio), often don’t get enough sleep because I stay up too late reading, and love to attend the temple. In another life, if I had any musical abilities, I could have been an actress on the stage! But instead I content myself with seeing plays, concerts and musicals whenever possible. I have a fantastic job, working for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where I’m surrounded by good people trying to live Christ-like lives and teach his gospel. I love my family, who are champions for putting up with me. I also love Jalapeno Cheetos! They're the next best thing to catching fire-flies (which don't exist in Utah) for brightening up an otherwise gloomy day.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because I grew up in the Church. I have a long history of Mormon ancestors, and I owe the origin of my faith to them, and to my parents. They taught me by example and taught me from the scriptures to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I’ve since received so many answers to prayer and seen God’s hand so frequently touch my life there is no question in my mind now, my Heavenly Father is real and Jesus Christ is my personal redeemer, and the redeemer of the world. Life is a constant battle, and my faith has been challenged. But as I struggle with doubts, and try to become a better Christian, God frequently reminds me that He loves me, He’s willing to forgive me, and He can make me better than I am. He has blessed me in a million subtle ways, and from time to time has shown me miracles.

How I live my faith

I try to live so that I will always be worthy to attend the temple. In the temple I feel I am part of something much bigger than myself, a work that has eternal significance. It’s a place where we are taught about God’s plan for us, and where we can make covenants with God for ourselves and our family members who have died. I’ve recently starting researching to find my ancestors, so I can do temple work on their behalf. I know I am happiest when I feel I am helping someone else. I try to serve faithfully in whatever position I am called to in the Church, and be true to what I believe in my day-to-day interactions with others.