Hi I'm Karen.
I grew up in Southern California. I'm a writer and a wanderer. And I'm a Mormon.
I'm a traveler with too few stamps in my passport and I'm always dreaming of my next adventure. I've volunteered with Habitat for Humanity's Global Village and am actively involved with a youth group for teenage girls. Plus, I have a day job. I listen to all kinds of music, from REM to U2 to Green Day. I also read all kinds of books, though I imagine it will be decades before anything replaces Harry Potter as my favorite series. I'm a big fan of action movies and watch way too much television. I'm conservative by choice and not by coercion. I'm a single woman in a family-oriented church. There were times when that used to feel lonely. But now, I realize it gives me more time to serve. Plus, I get the benefit of enjoying my friends' children, and handing them back when they are in need of changing. Best of both worlds, really. I'm also a writer and a blogger and I love the connections I've made with new friends all around the world. It's nice to feel like I'm part of a community.
Why I am a Mormon
I was 10 when missionaries first came to our door. I didn't know at the time that someone in the house had requested a visit, mostly as a joke. After months of visiting the local LDS ward and being taught by the missionaries, I was baptized with my mother and my younger brother at the age of 11. As a teenager and young adult, there were times that I still found myself questioning if I should believe what I'd been taught. Every time I hit my knees in earnest prayer and studied the scriptures, I received that confirmation again and again. Today, my testimony comes in three parts: 1) The fruits of the gospel are good. Matthew 7 teaches that a corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit. I've had the privilege of witnessing so many good and wonderful things as a result of following the teachings of Christ in his church. 2) It makes sense. When I wonder about some principle or bit of doctrine, I can find the answers because they are out there, available to anyone who seeks them. 3) I've felt it. I feel the Spirit in church, and when I serve others, and when I share what I believe. I am a Mormon because what I've been taught is true.
How I live my faith
I have the privilege of serving the women of my congregation and visiting with our members. I get to help with everything from teaching lessons to taking a meal to a family in need. In addition, I choose my entertainment carefully, try to find uplifting ways to spend my Sundays, and am always happy to answer questions from my friends, family, and occasionally from strangers.