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Hi I'm Karen!

I'm a mom, a grandma, a teacher, a gardener, a community volunteer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest joy in life is my family. I raised 4 children as a single mother and I am delighted by 3 grandchildren. Although I experienced a very rocky marriage and divorce, that did not cause my faith to falter. As a result of hard work, I was able to accomplish a quality education from the University of Washington, my children have become strong, and we have found a stable and rewarding life. We have learned to be prepared for both joyous and difficult situations. I believe in setting goals and working as if it all depends on me. I also believe that I should pray like it all depends on the Lord. I have seen this work time after time in my life. Sometimes I am not blessed until my faith has been tried, but when I look back on my life, I can see the Hand of the Lord even in my darkest moments.

Why I am a Mormon

I investigated the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I was an Osmond Brothers fan. In 1974, my parents took our family to England for a year. That was during the huge Osmond Brothers craze and I was caught up in the mania. Through a magazine they published at that time, I learned a little about their faith. While traveling through Eastern Europe that summer, I spent some time doing a little research and learned the story of Joseph Smith. This piqued my curiosity when I learned that he was about my age when he experienced what the members of our church call "The First Vision". When we returned to the US, my mother gave me a very old copy of the Book of Mormon that missionaries had given her before I was born. I began to read the Book of Mormon and quickly realized that the words in this book made sense and brought peace to my heart because it testifies of Jesus Christ in plain and understandable language. Eventually, I called the church and spoke to a man about joining this church. I imagined a man in monk's garb in an old building with stone walls. He was so taken aback by my question that although he said he would send the "missionaries" over to talk to me, he had forgotten to take my phone number and address. I called again two weeks later and luckily, the missionaries were there. They made arrangements to come and teach me. Imagine my surprise when two young men came to the door! It turned out that the church was an ordinary looking building filled with ordinary people just like myself. It was the message of the Gospel that brought this place to life! I was 15 when I was baptized and my faith has been a part of my life ever since. I learned through trials that although the people in the LDS church may not be perfect (including ME), the Gospel of Jesus Christ is! The LDS church has been a blessing in the lives of me and my children as we have grown and learned to live the principles of service, charity, and forgiveness.

How I live my faith

I attend and serve in church, but more importantly, I try to live the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in private. It is not about who sees me live my faith, but whether I can look in the mirror and know for myself that my heart is in the right place. I also try to remember to be gentle with me because I understand that perfection is a process that extends beyond the limitations of this life.