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Karen: Mormon.

Hi I'm Karen

About Me

I am a 31 year old mother and wife. My daugter is 6 and just started first grade. My son is 3 and is a little tornado leaving destruction pretty much wherever he goes. I stay at home with my kids. I like to run (I've done a half marathon and a full marathon), cook and bake, read, and blog. Last year I decided to cook 365 different recipes in my crockpot over the course of one year and blog about it. I put together a cookbook of all the best recipes at the end of the year. It was a crazy project and I'm glad that I did it and I'm glad it's over.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon. I always have felt comfortable as a Mormon. I grew up and learned for myself that the teachings I had learned as a child were true. I can't imagine my life without the religion that has given me so much knowledge, understanding, comfort and peace. Each day I have struggles, but I know that through my Savior I can overcome them.

Personal Stories

How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?

I read the Book of Mormon everyday. I started as a young child of probably 11 or 12. When I finished the book the first time I was too young to understand what a lot of it meant. But I felt happy and I hoped that the book was true. As I grew up I continued to read it over and over again. I was able to understand the content and the subject matter a lot better. But beyond that I was able to recognize a power come into my life. The power to have greater self control, to make better decisions, and to have greater hope. The mornings I start with the Book of Mormon have an impact on my entire day. It gives me the strength to be a better mom to my kids and a better wife to my husband. It gives me a refreshing look on my life and my existence. It gives me a greater perspective and helps me to understand what is truely important.

What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?

I find that as the mother in my home my tone has everything to do with how things go. The adage "if mama ain't happy, nobody's happy" is so true. Therefore, if I prepare myself for the day with a half hour of prayer and scripture study in the morning I find the day has a lot more harmony in it. Of course, things don't go perfectly but as the mother I am able to offer a lot more patience, love, and understanding to my husband and children.

How has attending Church services helped you?

Attending Church services each Sunday helps me so much. I feel uplifted, edified, and I feel renewed in my determination and my faith. In addition, I am able to see friends and feel of their love. I am able to learn more about the Savior and in turn I am able to feel closer to him. Although sometimes it is hard to get out the door with 2 little kids I am always happy that I did.

In what ways have your prayers been answered?

My prayers are answered pretty much every day of my life. I pray for little things good night's rest and big things healing of sick friend. I pray for things that are probably only important to me do well on a class I'm going to teach and things that are important to mankind blessing of those in natural disasters. I know that God answers my prayers. Sometimes the answer is no. Sometimes the answer is yes. Sometimes the answer is not yet. I know that Heavenly Father hears me and I am his daughter and therefore important to him. Things that are imporant to me are important to him. This is comforting to know because I know that I always have someone there who will listen and understands what I'm going through.

What is hope and what do you hope for?

Hope is looking toward God in optimism. Hope is realizing that even though I mess up each day I can change. I can change through my Savior, Jesus Christ and his atonement. So many times I experience depression and sadness because of mistakes that I've made. But I only have to turn to my Savior and repent to feel happy and hopeful once more.

How I live my faith

Each Sunday I am able to attend church and partake of the Sacrament. The Sacrament is a way for me to renew myself as a disciple of Christ each week and to pledge to do better. Then I am able to teach a class of 9 and 10 year old children. This year I have been teaching the Old Testament and have loved it. I am learning so much myself and I find it an honor to teach such a great group of kids who are so eager to learn.