Hi I'm Karen.
I'm married and a mother of four. Five if you count our dog. My oldest is at BYU Idaho. We've lived in Costa Rica, Israel, Germany and South Korea. I served a mission in Paraguay before I was married. I enjoy reading, quilting, carding and spinning yarn, singing, playing piano and composing music.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a Mormon for a lot of reasons. Number one: I know the Book of Mormon is from God. When I read it, I feel an amazing peace and happiness from God. I feel that I'm reading pure truth, in the midst of a world tainted by lies and half truths. The Book of Mormon compliments the Bible so well. I love participating in the Church everywhere we move. It's organized so that it doesn't change from place to place. I don't know how we would have raised our kids without it. The youth programs help so much. They provide other adults to teach and reinforce the principles we're trying to teach the kids, and also, a support group of other kids/teens who are striving to live the same way. And through it all, I feel that nourishing Spirit from God that I couldn't live without, and which makes life worth living, and gives me the certainty that He is watching over us. Those are some of the main reasons why I am a Mormon.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon has brought me closer to God in many ways. The things it teaches help me understand God's plan and how to follow it in this world. There are stories of people who show amazing charity and righteousness that I seek to emulate. There are stories of people who become proud and wicked that serve as a warning to me. There are specific teachings that are beautiful in their truth and simplicity. And it's the best way, along with prayer and service, for me to quickly FEEL close to God. Just to sit down and read it in a quiet place. I'm less stressed, nicer to everyone around me, and I can tackle the problems that come to me. I know God loves His children and He loves me, when I read it.
How I live my faith
I think the most important way I try to live my faith is by striving to be Christlike and keep His Spirit with me, and help my family to do the same. Personal prayer and scripture study, and family prayer and family home evenings help me do this. I attend church on Sundays, and enojy serving in our congregation by leading an activity with the 8-11 year old girls twice a month. We do activities that help them learn to live the gospel and enjoy being together. I love playing the piano in the childrens' meeting on Sunday. We also support our oldest son on his mission in Wisconsin. Sharing this experience with him has been a wonderful blessing in our lives. I'm not anywhere near perfect, but I know God loves me and supports me in my efforts to live His gospel, and I can enjoy a feeling of closeness to Him even here on earth when I try.