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.
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.