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Hi I'm Karin Wallace

I am a daughter of God. I reach for my greatest potential in the roles that I embrace throughout my life.

About Me

I have many roles. I am a wife, mother, student, work part time, sister, and daughter. I enjoy reading mysteries and fantasy. I would like to refine my crocheting skills. My father was in the Marine Corp so I have lived in many different places. My family currently resides in Utah, where we have been for over a decade. I like taking walks in the mountains close by and I like watching movies with popcorn and root beer. I enjoy taking road trips and taking some non interstate roads to see more of the culture of each area I visit. I am going back to college to get a bachelor degree in the health science field. I mostly enjoy being home with my husband and children. That is where I get the most satisfaction and joy. I am a Mormon and I am glad for the happiness, solid foundation, and opportunities that the Gospel of Christ has given me and my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I cannot think of a better way to understand Christ and what He did when He came to this earth to atone for all mankind. I was raised as a Mormon, yet that does not guarantee a pain free life. About the time I was becoming a teenager, one of my parents decided not to go to church anymore. As I looked at the difference between the parent to stayed dedicated to the gospel and the parent who decided it was not worth it, it was easy to see who was happier, who was sure of goals that they wanted to accomplish. I chose to stay close to the church. For a time, things were pretty easy and routine. I lived a blessed life and it showed. But years ago, my family made a decision that changed the course we were on. Life became very challenging. It got so hard that I wondered if living all the commandments was worth it when the blessings I thought I should be receiving did not come. Stress and discouragement and financial difficulties seemed to be never-ending. I was worn out. At this time, I did not want to go to church, but I did. Even though my heart was not in the practice, I kept doing what I knew was right. I knew that it was right because I had received witnesses from the Holy Ghost that this church is true. Even during the my trials, I could not deny what I knew to be true. I also could remember many blessings that the Lord had given me during the good times and I knew it would be hypocritical to accept the good things then turn my back during the challenging times. But by doing what I knew to be the right things like going to church, reading the scriptures, praying with my family, when I got past just pure survival mode, it was easier to let my heart heal and feel the joy again of these basic tenets of the gospel. When I read the Book of Mormon, I feel the same love towards the Savior as when I read the New Testament. All the scriptures teach of Christ and that is why I have stayed a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by helping with the young boys in our neighborhood progress in the scouting program. I have enjoyed working with these boys because they have so much energy and they are so smart. I learn from them as much as I teach. I also do visiting teaching, where I go and check in with some of the women in our neighborhood. In these visits my companion and I find out how our friends are doing, if they need any help, celebrate the happy moments, and also deliver an uplifting spiritual message. This is a way to become friends with those I might not initially think I much in common with. I am always the one who is uplifted by these visits. I try to be a good example to my children by letting them see me read in the scriptures and pray. I counsel with my husband over things big and small. By getting input from both our perspectives we are able to come together in our decisions. It takes a lot of patience for one or the other as sometimes it is hard to change a point of view. I also live my faith by changing to be more Christlike. I used to react very harshly when my children would make mistakes. I would get to so mad and the consequence was fairly draconian. I would not hit or even really yell, yet the anger was very real to feel. I realized that this was wrong, I looked in the scriptures and prayed and was given guidance on how to change. I then worked hard to change. It has been a few years and now I am just about cured of my old reactions. It has gotten good enough that my family can trust that the change is permanent. I like living the mormon lifestyle. I feel blessed to know about the Word of Wisdom. When I have had medical problems, it is comforting to know that I am doing my part to help my body heal and resist some illnesses that might come my way. This Mormon life puts me at an advantage in that I know that God lives, that He loves me, and that I can turn to Him for anything that I need.