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Hi I'm Karen

I joined the church in 1994. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1996. I'm a previous homeschooling, gardening, stay-at-home mommy of 4 who loves technology and to read. I also like to do crafts and to write when I get that free moment that happens occasionally. I received my BS in Holistic Nutrition and use it daily.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised Catholic. At 16, I got to a point in my life where I knew I was a good person I believed in God and Jesus but since I wasn't getting anything out of church, I stopped attending. Several years later, after studying the bible on my own and with friends, I not only learned that there was such a thing as a true church I also learned about what this true church does and doesn't do. Just before moving out of my parent's house so I could seek out this true church I had been reading about, a friend of work and I started to talk about religion. He was a Mormon. I had many misconceptions about Mormonism and it wasn't on my list of churches to investigate. So when we started to talk about his faith, I thought I would ask about all the things I had heard about Mormons. To my surprise, none of the things I thought about Mormons were true. Then I started to ask interrogate about the things I new in the bible about the true church, and also to my surprise, he "passed." That night he gave me my very first Book of Mormon, and my life was never the same again. I moved out the following week and I found myself reading the Book of Mormon quickly. I took detailed notes. The next time I saw my friend I showed him my list. Looking it over, he thought I would be best to come over with some representatives of his church for an appointment. That first appointment with my friend and the missionaries, I learned that the Mormon church was officially called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I immediately thought of the wonderful TV commercials. The next three weeks I learned so many things. Every question I had was answered. I attended my first Sacrament meeting and I felt like I was walking into a familiar place, like I had come home. I was baptized 3 weeks later. To this day, 16 years a member, I get that same familiar feeling when I walk through those doors. My ward family feels just like a family. We laugh and cry together. It's one of the most important things in my life. I know that this is the true church, from the very moment I was first handed that Book of Mormon. The feeling I had when he gave me that book is indescribable. I feeling just confirmed to me that it was true.

How I live my faith

We are a busy family! My husband I have decided that our faith is the most important thing to share with our children. We have a family night every Monday night called "Family Home Evening." We sing songs, have a spiritual lesson, talk with each other, play games and have a treat. It's the highlight of the week. We gather every night for scriptures and prayers as a family and it's been wonderful watching the kids grow and to also have this habit. Just recently, our 1 year old knows that when dad is done reading, it's time to kneel for prayer. This always melts my heart

Are Mormons Christians?

Karen
Absolutely. A common place to start is the dictionary: CHRISTIAN: Professing belief in Jesus as Christ or following the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus. Our official title is, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. Everything we teach is about Jesus and everything we do is in his name. He is central to everything in our church doctrine and it's teachings. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Karen
A WARD is a congregation of Mormons who meet together every Sunday and participate in activities during the week. It's based on a geographical area so it's easy to know what ward people belong to. Several wards make up a STAKE. Also based on a geographical area. A BRANCH is a small WARD. If looking at a map, a country is divided up into states, based on geographical lines. A STAKE is divided up into WARDS in the same manner. Show more Show less