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Hi I'm Karla Carlston

Southern California Girl. A Teacher. A Wife. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Karla and I am currently a first grade teacher in a Title 1 School. I work in a hard community but am able to be a steady guide in the lives of the children that walk into my classroom. I am a newlywed and am so in love with my husband. I was set up with my now husband about a year and a half ago and we recently married in April in the Los Angeles LDS temple. My interests include reading--I am a bookworm, singing, crafting, looking after children, swimming, and just being with the ones I love.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have chosen to be one. Being from a family that is not all active mormons, or from other walks of faith, I learned at a young age that if I wanted to find out what I believed I must ask for myself. So I did just that. I asked, I prayed, I studied, and at the young age of 14 I was wondering "what do I believe" and happened to be listening to a song that asked that exact question. As I pondered how lonely some people must feel wondering what they must believe it hit me, suddenly, that I do not fall into that category. I realized that I live what I believe daily. I am a Mormon because I can live my beliefs. It is in every part of me. It is in the choices I make, the people I interact with, the feelings I have. I am a Mormon because I can live my faith in all that I do. It is not something I just do because my family does it, or because I feel obligated or forced. I am a Mormon because I have studied and listened and felt the truth. I am a Mormon because I have realized that I am a child of God, and so is everyone else around me. I am a Mormon because I have come to realize the power of our Savior Jesus Christ and the incredible plan that is in store for all of us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by my actions. I am not set on pressuring people into a belief, but I live through my example and my love of Jesus Christ. I have served in many capacities throughout my life in the LDS religion, which is something I fell in love with early on in my faith--service. Everything is oriented around serving others. I have served in youth positions when I was a youth. In college I worked very closely with the women's organization where I planned activities, taught many lessons, and listened to the needs of my sisters. I also served through participating in music, I was the choir director, sang solos, sang in small groups, and led the music for the services. I have also taught Sunday School and really enjoyed teaching my peers and learning with them as we studied and discussed the Bible and Book of Mormon.