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Hi I'm Karen

I love sports and reading. I'm working to become an audiologist so I can help people hear again. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from college with a Bachelor's degree in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. I am currently applying to doctoral programs to study Audiology. I love audiology because the human body, even the tiny ear, is amazing in its structure and function. I love learning about it, and the potential to one day apply that learning to help others be able to hear. I love playing sports: tennis, basketball, and volleyball. I also love watching sports. March Madness is one of the highlights of my year. I also love reading, history, and politics, and have a secret wish to write a book someday (and am convinced that one day I will!). I love concerts and movies, and like to pretend that I'm a runner. I come from a big family and love spending time with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me a happier, better person. I was raised Mormon, so for a long time I didn't realize how much of my happiness was a result of the things I did in conjunction with my faith. When serving as a missionary, I worked with those who had never had the teachings of the church in their life. As I watched them learn about the teachings of Jesus Christ, and particularly follow those teachings, the change in their lives was astonishing. They had the strength to give up bad habits, their family life improved, their self-image improved, they had a desire to serve others, and they were just straight up happier. After seeing that grand change, I then tried to improve the way that I follow the teachings of the church, and my happiness and peace have increased exponentially. I find that I love others (and myself) more than I ever thought possible. In short, the Mormon church teaches you how, through following Christ, you can become better. And as you become better, your personal happiness increases. I won't pretend I am a perfect person, I know I have many faults. However, I don't think it matters how far along you are in your development, so long as you are moving in the right direction, and being a Mormon has pointed me in the right direction.

How I live my faith

As a member of my local congregation, I work with the women in my ward as an activity leader. I chair a committee of women and we meet regularly and plan activities for the women of our congregation every two months or so. The activities range from service projects to just plain old fun. It is a great opportunity to get to know those I worship with. We forge friendships and support one another. College is a stressful time for a young adult, and those bonds are what keep us strong and help us through the tough times. I also try to do work with the church's humanitarian center. This center provides an opportunity for members to provide blankets, hygiene kits, school kits, childrens toys and clothing, food, and money for those who need it. The members work to prepare the items, and then they are distributed by the church all across the world to areas in need. They can go to orphanages in Romania, victims of the Haitian earthquake, or even in the United States. It is an incredible opportunity to serve others on a worldwide scale.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

When Mormon missionaries visit your home it may seem like they are talking to you about many different things. However, everything they teach has the sole purpose of inviting you and your family to come unto Christ. They will teach you about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that the church has a living prophet today who functions as the prophets of old, leading the church and providing direction. They will teach you the importance of faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, the commandments of God, the guidance that comes from the Holy Ghost, and how you can better endure life's trials and remain faithful. The Bible teaches us that God "gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Everything the missionaries teach you will help you to increase your belief and faith in Jesus Christ, and help encourage you as you strive to follow his teachings. The missionaries will not try to force anyone to agree with their beliefs, to argue, or to judge anyone. Their visits are relaxing and friendly, and they are there to answer any questions you may have about God, Jesus Christ, or the Mormon church in general. Show more Show less