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Hi I'm Karyn

I'm a mother of two great teenagers, wife and teacher.

About Me

I love to be an 'Essex girl' - not handbags and white stilettos - but enjoying the beautiful countryside, quiet villages and flat saltmarshes which surround the county. When the sun is shining on the river there is nowhere else in the world I would rather be! My kids would say I was born middle-aged as I love to read, travel, relax with a yoga session or visit an art gallery or theatre. The occasional night in with a good friend, Jane Austen film and a bar of chocolate keeps me sane in a busy week. Great times with my family and friends are part of my favourite memories, sometimes just chatting and chilling in the garden can be the simplest and happiest times.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the church when I was a young child. I admire her courage in listening to the two nervous young missionaries who knocked on her door and asked if she wanted to hear their message. She had grown up in a strongly religious home, attending church three times a day on a Sunday with her mother - morning, afternoon and evening - enthusiastically singing the hymns and reading her Bible. As a child, I remember my grandmother always expressing her strong belief in Jesus Christ and the power of prayer. If there was a problem in the family, her children would always tell her to 'do her stuff' and get praying, and she did! For my mother to listen to the missionaries was a huge step. She questioned, prayed, read the scriptures they shared with her and finally joined the church six months later, with a firm testimony that this was the restored church of Jesus Christ on the earth. It was a difficult step with some opposition from family and friends, but as children we always knew that my mother loved Christ and whatever life threw at her,she found great strength and hope in the gospel message. I grew up in the church with the constant, wonderful example of my mother. My father did not join and to this day professes no religious belief, but he understood that the church brought many good things into the lives of his children - positive friendships and examples, and a focus on family values that strengthened his own home. Within this environment, exposed to differing viewpoints, I had to find my own way. At a crossroads point in my life, I concluded that my life was better with the gospel, but I needed to be sure of my own beliefs rather than living on borrowed light. As I quietly lived the principles in my day to day life, I came to know for myself, just as my mother had, that this message of the restored gospel was true. It has since brought tremendous happiness into my life. I am ever grateful for those two young men who knocked on the door that day.

How I live my faith

My faith is part of who I am and the fabric of my life. I find purpose, peace and love as I do my best each day to follow the example of Jesus Christ. He is my hope, comfort and light in a constantly changing world. To paraphrase, George Eliot once said, 'What do we live for if not to make life a little less difficult for each other.' I try to remember this each day and look for small things that I can do to make life a little easier for those I meet and help them feel Christ's love in their life. In the same way, many small acts of kindnesses I have received have brought a smile to my face and helped me on a stretching day to balance the sometimes competing demands of being a modern working mum.