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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm going to college, majoring in mathematics education. I have three brothers and three sisters, all younger than me. I love to read, play the piano, and dance. Music is my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church to parents who were faithful, active members. I grew up attending church every Sunday and having daily family prayer and scripture study. As I grew older, I gradually developed my own testimony and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I've found that the Church gives me surety and direction for my life that I wouldn't have from any other source, especially as I've seen friends leave the church and their lives subsequently fall apart. Not only that, I've found strength and comfort from the scriptures, prayer, and priesthood blessings.

How I live my faith

Right now, I'm a college student at Brigham Young University, one of the Church's educational institutions. There, I attend church in a congregation made up almost entirely of other single college students. I'm currently serving as the Ward Music Chairperson, which means that I'm responsible for selecting which hymns we sing in our church meetings each week, among other things. I also lead the music in Sacrament Meeting (the main meeting) and play the piano for Sunday School.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

There are a lot of theories about why the church practiced polygamy in the 1800's. Over the years I've been asked about this at times and have tried to justify it with those theories. However, what it really comes down to is that, for whatever reason, the Lord commanded it. When God says to do something, you do it, whether you understand it or not. So that's what they did. Show more Show less