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Hi I'm Karma Bingham

I grew up in Idaho. I have been married for 45 years, I'm the mother of 12 children and 50 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a 12 year old girl, I decided that I wanted to have a lot of children. My brother was10 years older and my sister, 5 years older than I. It seemed that I never had anyone to play with, so I determined that my children would be born close together. And they were. Four days after graduating from college we had our first son. Twenty years later we had our last son, giving us 6 sons and 6 daughters. We enjoyed living on a ranch as they grew up where they learned the value of hard work. We fed and herded cows. We raised hay. We had a huge garden. We skied and ice skated together. We enjoyed watching the children participate in Scouting, 4-H, high school football, basketball, track, choir, and drama presentations. Music practice was a constant in our home. We always spoke to our children about WHEN they would go to college, not IF. They all did and received diplomas. I was happy to be a stay-at-home mother. Mothering, laundry, sewing, food preparation, homework and taxi service for the children filled each day. Though tired each night, I can think of nothing that would have given me a more fulfilling life! Watching these children grow into contributing adults fills me with joy. My grandchildren are the best and I love every one of them! I love to read, walk in the woods, bake and travel. I am so grateful for a husband that cares for me and supports me in my desires. I am grateful for technology to keep me in contact with children and grandchildren that live far away.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons as we are sometimes called) because I truly believe that this is the same church which was upon the earth at the time of Adam. It was re-organized in our days through the Prophet Joseph Smith just as Jesus Christ organized His church when He was upon the earth. It has the same Priesthood authority as was given to the Apostles when Christ ordained them. The helps given to us to help raise our family have been invaluable. We followed the advice we received to meet together weekly for Family Home Evening. We taught our children during this time about such things as kindness, honesty and not gossiping. We played games together and laughed. It helped us draw closer together as a family. Each Sunday, we all went together to church meetings for three hours. Afterward, we tried to keep the Sabbath Day holy. We began each morning with Family Prayers and scripture study. We had evening prayers together each night before retiring. We never had alcohol, tobacco or other addictive substances in our home because the church taught us of the harmful effects of such things. Because of what I have learned in church, I know why we are on this earth, and where we go after we die. The death of my sister recently would have been unbearable if I did not know these things! I know my Heavenly Father loves me and wants me to be happy. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives me that happiness.

How I live my faith

My family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 6 years old. As a youth I loved to attend the youth groups the church offers. I met my future husband at church when I was 14 and he was 16. We didn't see each other for 7 years after he graduated from high school, but, one night he saw me on television when I was cheerleading for my college. He called me and we began dating. Being married in the temple for eternity was very important to both of us. We wanted to have our family for forever, not just until death parted us. After our children left home for college and missions (all six of our sons served 2-year missions for the church, as did all six of our sons-in-law and two of our daughters-in-law), we decided to serve an 18-month mission in Uruguay. In August of 2017 we will begin another mission in Mexico. We have studied and learned Spanish to be able to do this. We also have served as temple workers for two years. Currently we teach the 14-15 year-old youth in Sunday School. We love them! They are such good young people! We are also Home teachers and Visiting teachers.