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Hi I'm Karen.

I live in Illinois and I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I am a wife and mother of 4 children. I am on the Boy Scout and Cub Scout committees for our troop and pack. I have been a PTA president and have volunteered on many committees at my children's schools. I like to ride my bike, read cookbooks and mystery novels, and help others. I have a bachelor's degree and enjoy learning.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family and have ancestors who joined the Church in its infancy and crossed the plains with the pioneers. I also have ancestors who were taught the gospel in the Netherlands and made the journey to Utah in 1904 to live near other members of the Church. I always believed the teachings of the Church and I wanted to keep the commandments. When I was 20, one of my roommates and I talked about going on a mission for the Church. We also talked about our plans for finishing school, getting a job, going on to graduate school, etc. I wasn't sure what path to take, but finally decided to serve a mission when I turned 21. I went to California and I look back on that 18-month period as the time of my conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I came to know that my Heavenly Father loves me and all of His children so much. I read and studied the Book of Mormon and prayed about its truthfulness. I received answers to my prayers and I saw the hand of the Lord protecting and guiding me throughout my mission. I do not know if any of the people I had the opportunity to teach and who got baptized while I was a missionary are active members of the Church today, but I am, and I am teaching my children the gospel in my home and hope they will develop a desire to know of the truthfulness of the gospel for themselves one day. I am a Mormon because the Holy Spirit has touched my heart over and over again throughout the years and I know the Church is true. I need the Lord in my life to help me through the hard times and I find peace and comfort in knowing that God loves me and takes an interest in me and my life.

How I live my faith

Over the years, our friends and neighbors have come to know how my family and I live our faith because of the things we have shared with them regarding our beliefs. We have turned down invitations for entertainment on Sunday, talked about the early morning religious class my high school kids take at 6 a.m. before school starts, invited them to participate in humanitarian projects sponsored by the Church, and more. I live my faith by letting others know what I believe and what my standards are. During an evening of scrapbooking, I asked my friend who was in charge if it would be okay to not show R-rated movies that night. She respected my values and I appreciated her support. At my son's Eagle Scout service project, the woman at the shelter where we were working offered to bring coffee in for the group to go with the doughnuts I had brought. I told her that was very kind but that actually the entire group didn't drink coffee. From that comment, we had a wonderful conversation about the Church and its teachings. The city where I live is family-friendly and service-oriented. I have participated in many projects for community groups and have included my friends in projects we've done as a Church group, such as making hygiene kits or blankets. I hope people would feel comfortable asking me questions about my faith. I love being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and am happy to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those around me.