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Hi I'm Karen

I grew up in Oregon. I am a fifth grade teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a fifth grade teacher I spend most of my time thinking about 11 year olds. :) I love my job! I love doing things outside like hiking, swimming, volleyball, football, Frisbee, you name it. I also love spending time with my family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know that it is Christ's church on the earth today. I was raised in this faith since I was a child and mostly went to church through my youth because it was expected of me and because I felt good when I was there. Little by little over the years I have had experiences to test and try my faith, to see if I really believe what I was taught my whole life. I don't know everything about religion, I don't profess to be an expert, but I do know that I have felt in my heart over and over that the teachings of this church are true. As I have studied and prayed about the teachings in The Book of Mormon, I have come to know that it is a true record of scripture. I feel peaceful and happy as I read it and try to apply its teachings, as well as teachings in the Bible. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, that he was called to restore Christ's church to the earth. I know we still have a prophet on the earth today to lead and guide the world. I know that his counsel and guidance is inspired of God. I know this because I have tried it and found it to be true. I know the things that I know not because I saw a vision, or had any heavenly manifestation, but because I have prayed about them, I have tried them for myself, and I have found them to be good. I am a better person because I am a member of this church. I am not perfect. I make mistakes just like anybody but as I try to apply the teachings of this church to my life, I feel like I have the power to change and be better. This power comes through the Atonement of my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that He is real. I know that He loves me. I know that through that love he has for me, I can overcome my weaknesses, repent of my sins, and be able to return to live with God someday. He is my rock. He is my all.

How I live my faith

I am one of the service leaders for our ward. I am in charge of organizing service projects and activities in the community for members of our congregation. It is a lot of fun and a great way to help meet some of the needs of people in our community. I also have the privilege of being a visiting teacher to two great girls. This means that I look out for their welfare physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I make formal visits to them at least one time every month where I share a spiritual message, and I check up on them frequently to see how they are doing. Mostly I just try to be a good friend. I also try to stay involved in the activities and events of our ward so that I can get to know other people better and become their friends.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

I personally was able to go serve as full time missionary for the Church. We go out as missionaries to share an important message with the world. A message that brings hope, a message that everyone needs to hear. We know that God has called a prophet to the earth. We know that God continues to give revelation to His children. We know that there is another testament of Jesus Christ that supports the Holy Bible called the Book of Mormon. We know that families can last beyond this life, that they can be eternal and so many other important truths that can bring people true happiness. As a missionary I loved to share this message, not because I thought I was better than everyone else, but because I have a desire for the world to know and share the joy that I feel through living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just like when you read a good book or eat at a good restaurant and want to share it with your friends, I want to share these precious truths, these good things, with those around me so that they can know the peace and joy that I know. I think, especially in our world today, people can use all the joy and peace they can get! :) Show more Show less