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Hi I'm Karena

I make costumes. I shoot a bow and arrow. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for almost 10 years. My husband and I love dogs. After our golden retriever passed away, we adopted a retired racing greyhound who we named Apollo. My husband and I also both like fantasy and sci-fi books and movies. We are part of a group that recreates the crafts and skills (think weaving, sewing, metalworking, sword fighting, etc.) of the middle ages and early Renaissance. I make all of our costumes for that and sometimes get paid to make costumes for other people in the group. Both of us shoot archery--and although we have reached the same rank, I reached it first. We also love to perform the dances of 17-1800s and have costumes for those time periods as well. I took care of my husband's grandparents in their final years, and then I went back to school to become a dental assistant. I love to sing and play the clarinet, and I have recently begun learning to play the piano, which has always been a dream of mine. My husband and I have one child in heaven, and we hope to be able to adopt more children.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all my life, but I am still a member by my own choice. My parents worked hard to teach me to think for myself, and I do. I continue to live this way because I have felt God's love for me in so many ways, and when I do what I believe He wants me to do, I'm happier. I also want to be with my family forever--my parents and siblings as well as my husband and our child--and the gospel of Jesus Christ offers me a way to do that. I love the Savior Jesus Christ, and I'm doing my best to follow him.

How I live my faith

At church, I sing alto in the choir, which I really love. I also teach a Sunday School class for 3-4-year-olds. I really love them, and I love seeing them grow in their understanding of Jesus's teachings. I try to visit some of the women in my congregation who don't always come to church to make sure they know they are still loved and not forgotten. Sometimes, I get the opportunity to go with the full-time sister missionaries in my area to help them teach people who want to learn more about our church. And everywhere I go, whether work or shopping or anything, I try very hard to be kind and caring to those around me. I think the most important thing we can do to follow Jesus Christ's example is to love others.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

I know why I care about self-reliance/emergency preparedness. There are a lot of scary things out there. People lose jobs, natural disasters happen--and the list goes on and on. We can't control those things, but we can have savings in the bank and a store of food and other necessities at home. It's possible to lose all of that too, but at least when I feel prepared for bad things, I worry about them less. I probably don't have enough food in my pantry for myself and my husband for a whole year, but we could last a few months at least, and that feels good. We also don't have a ton of money saved, but it's slowly growing, and that feels good too. I don't think we'll ever be rich, but I watch the savings grow and think of a pretty good future. I also genuinely believe that no matter how prepared I actually am, if I have tried to do my best, God will take care of me. And that's the best feeling of all. Show more Show less