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Hi I'm Kari.

and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Washington State. My family moved while I was in college. I married the most wonderful man. We have 3 great children, a dog and a mortgage... He makes bread... I avoid laundry... and we're happy.   

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that Jesus Christ believes in eternal families. I believe the he came to earth, and paid the price for each of us because he wants all of us to return home again. I believe that if I follow his example of love, sacrifice, obedience, kindness and gratitude I will be able to return home. And I believe that if we live that way we will all be home again together. As a mother I can imagine having all my children far away from me. I can imagine sending my oldest out to gather everyone else and bring them home, and I hope that they would listen to and follow her instructions. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, because when I have question about how to get home- there directions. And while some parts of life are very difficult, when you do your best to follow Jesus Christ, not just love him, but follow him, life is so much better. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me to follow Jesus Christ. And I believe that as we follow him, he will lead us home.

How I live my faith

A lot of our time out during the week is spend helping in our ward. My husband serves in ward leadership and spends at least one night a week, not counting Sundays out visiting members of our ward. I serve in the cub scout program with the 9 year old boys. We don't sign up for the rolls we fill in the ward, we're asked. I am so grateful to be able to serve in Cub Scouts. We're able to help the boys learn about serving in the community, giving of their time and means to those in need. One of my favorite things that we are asked to do as members of the church is watch over each other. I am paired with another lady in the ward and we are responsible for 3 other women in the ward. I have been so blessed by the friendships that have grown through those visits. I know that is a plan that is truly inspired to help us learn to be more like Jesus Christ, and to build bonds of love and support with each other. My husband works sort of crazy hours from home, and our kids aren't in school yet, so we really have to plan to get out as a family. On Monday nights, we have family night. It's a time when we can just be together, I know a lot of families make sure to stay home on Mondays, but for us, it's important to get out of the house and play together. It's a special time when we can talk about the gospel and learn together, and make goals as a family.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

I love the temple. When I am in the temple I feel a peace the I can only describe as the love of God. That is what the temple is about. It is a place where we can feel the pure love of God, because we are doing His work there, in Moses 1:39 it says that his work and his glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. The Temple is a huge part of what makes the Church of Jesus Christ so different from other Christian religions. Does it ever bother you that people lived during times and in places where they had absolutely no way to accept Jesus Christ? How can a just God find someone deserving of eternal damnation when they never even had a chance to CHOOSE to follow Christ. We believe in a just and loving God. That is why he gave us temples. We believe that after we die, people who didn't have the opportunity in life to hear and accept the gospel will have that opportunity. We also believe that when Jesus told us that we had to be baptized to be saved that meant everyone. We spend our time in the temple doing proxy work, being baptized for the dead and joining families together for eternity. But it is not forcing membership in our church. We believe that they are allowed to choose to accept or reject that work. But because He is a just and loving God, we are commanded to do that work so that they have the chance to choose. The Temple is another proof to me that Heavenly Father loves all his Children, and that He wants us all to return home him. Show more Show less