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Hi I'm Karen

I love learning new things, and serving others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Project Manager, Business Analyst and a mother of three. My job is to help make sure that the right technology solutions are built for different areas of the business. I love my job becuase it allows me to work with lots of different people and to build systems that help them do their job more effectively. I also love spending time with my family and friends doing all sorts of outdoor activities.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom became a member of the church when I was young, and I was baptized when I was eight. Through my earlier years we were in and out of activity. Often church for me was a way to rebel. When I was told I had to go I didn’t want to and when I was told I couldn't then that is when I wanted to be there. I never really took the time to know the church and spent a lot of time running away from it since I was sure a person like me would never fit in. I married young, and started a family and spent time looking at other religions. However, I never felt right about any. I had a firm knowledge of my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost that had little to do with church or organized religion. I knew them, and I struggled to find a religion that fit what I knew. Eventually I decided to look at the Mormon Church again. For the first time I in my life I went for me, trying to decide for myself, if it was right. It was not a perfect fit, not at first. Oh, I knew the gospel and principles were true right away, but I was not. Once I looked at the teachings with an open mind I felt like I had finally come home. However, I had a lot of changes I needed to make in my life to feel comfortable with myself. It was understanding and applying the principle of repentance that helped me through that journey. Since that time I have spent my life trying to be the kind of person my Heavenly Father would trust to help his other children. Every day is a struggle to be that person but each time I succeed I am blessed, and I am a better person for both the effort and the blessings.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time. Trying to be the person my Father in Heaven would want me to be. The key for me is personal prayer and scripture study which lead to personal revelation that I can apply to all aspects of my life. I have come to know that I need to pray about all things, big and small, and then listen for guidance. I have also learned that the Lord expects me to act on the promptings he has given me. I would like to say I am great at listening and acting as the Lord would have me, but I have a log way to go. Fortunately, I have learned well the most important lesson I know… I am not perfect, and may never be, but I can continue to try to be, and when I stumble, I can turn to the Lord and He will help me dust myself off and look forward rather than back. Currently, my husband and I serve as part-time missionaries for LDS Family Services, as Group Leaders for the Addiction Recovery Program. We also serve as the mentor couple for the Young Single Adults. I also serve as a substitute teacher for the adult Women’s (Relief Society) program and in the youth (Primary) program. For years now I have had the opportunity to serve in many callings within the church and each and every one has helped me to learn and grow. I have also had the opportunity to provide service for others in more way than I can count, and in every instance I have gained more than I have given.