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Hi I'm Karen

I'm an avid board-game player, a college student, an autism advocate, a volunteer, a wife, a mother, and a sister. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have returned to college to finish a Bachelor's degree after a 20 year absence. I dropped out was because I felt directionless educationally. I was majoring in Journalism, but knew that I didn't want to pursue the news industry as a career. The direction I needed came with the birth of my third child. When my son was diagnosed with autism at age three, I found that I had a great talent and love for family members, professionals and individuals dealing with disabilities. I am ultimately pursuing a Master's degree and career that will allow me to help other families as we have been helped. In my "spare" time, I love preparing and eating delicious food with and for my family. I also love gathering with friends and family to eat and play "designer" board games. I craft, read, and write. But most of my time is spent shuttling kids to events and therapies, helping with homework, giggling and laughing with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a loving Mormon household, but my parents always taught me that I need to find my own religious direction. They encouraged me to read and gain a knowledge of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I found great comfort in the Book of Mormon scripture that says, "And now my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his might storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall" (Helaman 5:12). There have been times when it feels that my life is a turbulent storm. Those are the times that I make sure that my testimony is firm in the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon, because I know Jesus through the teachings of His church. I learn to be more Christ-like in my actions, words, and thoughts. I am a Mormon because I am happiest when I am doing the things He teaches me to do.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Mormon church gives you opportunities to grow and serve in ways that you may not choose. I currently have three callings. One is to help in the Special Needs high school gospel class. I love my chance to be with these special souls. This is comfortable to me and I look forward to going every week. I also serve to coordinate a teenage girls' annual summer camp. While I don't have a lot of outdoor experience, I love being with these amazing young ladies and having fun with them. I've also been asked to lead the congregational singing in our main worship service. This is not so comfortable to me. I don't like being in front of everyone, and I don't feel musically talented. BUT, serving the Savior in this way reminds me of the ways that He has served me. I know that His sacrifice and crucifixion were not "comfortable." If He is willing to sacrifice all for me, shouldn't I be able to sacrifice a little of my pride for Him? Serving in this calling has granted me a greater appreciation for the Spirit that accompanies music. I pay attention to the lyrics of the hymns more. I smile when I sing. While I wouldn't have asked for this responsibility of leading the music, I am thankful for my opportunity to serve and what I have learned.