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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My strongest remembrance of growing up is during my high school years in Oregon. I enjoyed that part of the country because of the green landscapes and the open-mindedness of the people. I also lived in Tucson, AZ, for a time during Junior High School years, which I enjoyed the dry, arid landscape and the different animals. I have also lived in South Dakota for three years, which is another totally different type of climate. Now, I live in Ohio and have experienced and enjoyed the wonderful people in this area. So, I've lived in a variety of different climates, people and areas and have enjoyed them in a variety of different ways.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in a Mormon family and I have 2 sisters and 4 brothers. I'm the 5th of 7 children and also the youngest girl, so you know that I was spoiled to a certain extent. My father was brought up in Idaho and my mother in Utah, so family was so important. Even though I was brought up in the church, I had to work on my own testimony of the gospel and one Easter, when I was 10, I prayed that I would receive my own testimony of the Savior. That Easter Sunday was so sunny and beautiful. We lived in Tucson, AZ, at the time and went to church in the oldest building in Tucson and it had a stained-glass mural of Jesus in Gethsemane taking upon himself the sins of the world. During the Sacrament Meeting we sang, "I Stand All Amazed" (Hymns, 193). While I was singing, I looked up at the mural and I felt the Spirit go through my body and felt the love of Heavenly Father and Jesus go over me. I knew at that point that I was doing the correct things and in the correct church.

How I live my faith

I have dealt with Type I diabetes since I was 15 years old. I find it difficult to follow the directions of my doctors because it is a 24-hour-a-day disease that constantly keeps me aware of it. I find that even with this disease, I am thankful that I have been given this challenge because it reminds me that I was given it to teach me that Heavenly Father loves me. You may be thinking, "How is that?" It is because I am reminded that if I wasn't given this challenge, there would have been, maybe a more difficult one that I had to overcome. Since this disease is able to be controlled (but not yet cured) by the medical miracles that have been revealed to medical researchers, I have lived this long and have experienced having a family with an understanding and supportive husband and two daughters who are very dear to me. If the blessings of these medical miracles were not present, I would have died when I was 15 years old. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always given me a spiritual insite into why I was given this challenge in my life and for the purpose of this challenge.

What is the Relief Society?

Karen
The Relief Society was started on March 17, 1842, and it was founded by Prophet Joseph Smith to fulfill a need of the men who were building the Nauvoo temple in Nauvoo, IL. Their shirts were threadbare and needed repair, so this group of women got together to make new shirts for those who were working on the temple. There were other needs in the city because of the immigrants coming from Europe to Nauvoo, so that is why the Relief Society motto is, "Charity Never Faileth". There was such a need for the women to treat illnesses, assist with childbirth, prepare meals, etc. So, as part of the largest women's organization in the world, we are prepared to take upon ourselves those needs that are occurring around us and we know that there are other women who will be there to help us, also.   Show more Show less