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Hi I'm Karen

I was born in Utah, raised in California, and have lived in Arizona since we were married. I'm a Mormon. I can't imagine being anything else.

About Me

As you can see, from my photo, I'm a grandma. All my life I wanted to be a mother and I have loved fulfilling that dream. Being a grandmother is the icing on the cake. I have loved each stage of my life and consider the one I'm in to be the best yet. I don't really have hobbies. My kids think I'm crazy, but I love to work, especially when that work makes a difference in someone's life! I like to read. I like to garden I like to be out in nature, when the weather is just right. I have a wonderful husband, and now that he's retired, I'm enjoying doing all of these things with him. My life, in a nutshell is family, faith, and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. In my early teens one of my friends was interested in the church and was meeting with the missionaries. That's when I realized I needed to know for myself if it was the true church. One of the missionaries suggested I ask my Dad to tell me how he felt about the church. I was a little scared to ask, but finally got up the nerve one night as he was reading his paper. When I asked him how he knew this was the true church he put his paper down, motioned for me to come and sit on his lap, and bore a simple, brief testimony to me. I don't remember what he said, I do remember how I felt. I felt wrapped in warmth and love. I knew that he knew. That's when I realized that I knew too. It was such a happy, peaceful, feeling. These many years later, I still remember and feel those same feelings. I have had so many blessings and witnesses from the spirit, since that time. My life is not without difficulties and pain, but I am assured that there is a God in heaven who is my Father. He loves me and I know he will turn all things to my good as I seek to be obedient and do His will. I know that His Son, Jesus Christ promised all of us that he would provide a way for us to return to our Father, through His own life and sacrifice. I know that He kept his promise, and because He did, I have the ability to change and become like Him. I know that Joseph Smith saw both our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth, through him. He translated the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ. I love studying that book. It is like letters from home, to me. I can find answers to daily questions and problem as I read and ponder it and other scriptures. Being a Mormon is who I am: A very grateful disciple of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

The Savior said the two greatest commandments are to Love God and Love each other. I believe that living my faith stems from those two commandments. We have many opportunities to serve others as we participate in church meetings and activities. Because no one gets paid for service in the church, and because there is no real "training" required, we are each asked to do various things during our lifetime in the church. My church service started when I was a teenager. I taught church songs to children. I was also a Sunday School teacher when I was young. After I was married I worked with the young women, the women, in scouting, as an activities chairman, and as an early morning seminary teacher. (teaching High School kids the scriptures each morning, before school, for an hour) My husband and I served a mission for our church in Ohio for three years. We currently are serving in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. More important than all of these opportunities to serve, however, is how I try to live my life: Loving others, forgiving, noticing and helping those in need, inviting others to "come unto Him". Living my faith is living as the Savior would....not an easy thing to do! Not easy, but very rewarding. The closer I get to being like Him, that happier I become.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Study, pray, serve and obey...every day! Study the scriptures and ponder their meaning. Pray with sincerity to understand His great role in Heavenly Father's plan for us. Serve others as he did. Obey all the commandments--not just the ones that are "easy"--also, obey that voice within that prompts us to do good. "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (St. John 7:17) Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

The correct name for our church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints". As the name states, we believe in Christ. He is the son of God, our eternal Father in Heaven. The Savior loves us so much. He paid the price for our sins, and makes it possible for us to repent and change our lives. He can heal us and bring hope and light and love into our lives as we turn to Him. The word "Saints" implies that we desire to be constantly " Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God" (New Testament | Hebrews 12:2) We want to be like him. We too want to help and lift others and bring them to him to be healed. We believe in and follow the teachings of the Bible. We also believe the Book of Mormon (another testament of Christ) to be the word of God. We believe that the family is the basic unit of society and that families are meant to be together forever. We believe in current and personal revelation. We know that we have a loving Father in Heaven who gives us direction and answers our prayers. We are blessed with a prophet today, just as in ancient times. His name is Thomas S. Monson and is God's mouthpiece on the earth. In these times of uncertainty it brings such peace to know that the prophet will know what is best and where to focus our efforts and faith. Show more Show less