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Hi I'm Kara Lanctot

I am a wife, mom, grandma, sister, a blogger, a special needs activity. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I set some serious goals as a young teenager to someday have a happy family that would want to be together for eternity. I tried to make my decisions inline with that goal through my teen-age years. It was hard being the only member in my family. Since my family life wasn't very happy and I wanted something different in my future I wasn't afraid to make changes. Now it's been 35 years since then. I do have that family (and we do have to work hard to want to be together forever!) and we have certainly had our challenges these years. My husband (also a convert) and I decided we wanted to be one of those large families and yet I had never even held a baby nor changed a diaper! I had a lot to learn! We decided to homeschool our family. We dealt with autism, financial problems, severe learning disabilities, sexual abuse, (lots of counseling), lots of teenagers, a developmentally delayed child, lots of kids and me in college, building our own business and now experiencing public schools for the first time with the last of our children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the missionaries who taught me showed me how being a member of this church could make me happy. We all have trials in this life but it's how we handle them is what makes us be able to be happy. Having a temple marriage, believing in separate and distinct roles for men and women, valueing family and believing that God cares about me was integral in my life. I don't have to be negative about how hard things were in my life because we know we were sent here to be tested and that because of our Savior's atonement (for us and for me) we can receive that eternal reward that God wants us to receive. I love to reach out and let others know I care about them, too.

How I live my faith

I can see now it was part of the Lord's plan for me to work with the children in our church because almost everything I needed to learn I learned from them! Since I didn't have any experience with children I had a hard time learning how to be mom (even to 1) but as soon as I was able to teach and be with that age group at church I figured it out. I worked with the children for almost 30 years! I haven't been asked to do many other things because I had so much work to do at home with and with my special needs children. I love to go to church every Sunday because I leave feeling so much better and stronger. I love to make Sundays different than other days because at the end I feel rested, lifted up and better prepared to tackle another week. Part of my teenage goals was to be married in the Temple and I credit that one decision to why our marriage has survived 31 years now.