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Hi I'm Karen

My husband and I are volunteers who do clean water projects for our church in 3rd world countries. We're Mormons.

About Me

We have six children and 27 grandchildren. I like to do genealogical research, read, snow ski, and go to our water ski family reunions and watch grandchildren. We enjoy meeting people throughout the world while doing clean water projects. We've also previously served a full time humanitarian mission in Kenya, worked on tsunami recovery in Indonesia, helped build homes in Peru after an earthquake, and done water projects in Liberia and Sierra Leone, and helped others in Nepal and Kenya with our church's water projects.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Mormon church, but all members must decide for themselves at some time in their life if they believe what they've been taught. From trying to live the commandments I have over time realized the happiness it has brought me and my family, and I have also experienced that sweet spiritual feeling as I received answers to my prayers about the truthfulness of this Gospel. Now I can say for myself that I do know it is true.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have taught children, cub scouts, youth and women and served as leaders at times. I also visit teach women and have done this as long as I can remember. Currently I also assist others interested in genealogical work. Obviously, I also with my husband travel several times a year doing humanitarian projects.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Karen
There are 3 degrees of glory that almost everyone will end up in. Very few will end up in 'hell' forever. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Karen
Read the Book of Mormon and listen to the missionaries because they will tell you what we believe and then pray about it and get your own answers. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Karen
Some people are looking for answers to questions they have long had about where they come from, for what purpose they are here on this earth, and if there is an afterlife; or if they believe in an aftrlife, where would they be going and what would they be doing. We have answers to these questions for those who are interested. Also, anyone who is happy with what they believe, they want to naturally share it with those they love, or with anyone who might be interested in these things. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Karen
It is the organization for women in our church, which was started in the early 1830's. Their motto is "Charity Never Faileth". It is for all women 18 and over. Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Karen
We believe that all life is precious to our Heavenly Father. We believe in abortion only if the life of the mother is in danger, or is a result of incest or rape. We prefer that single women use adoption as a better option rather than abortion. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Karen
It was written by many prophets located in the Americas, some came 600 years before Christ. One group came over during the Tower of Babel. There are lots of prophecies about the coming of Christ, and also one section tells of His visit to the people in the Americas after his resurrection. This book was hidden in the earth after the destruction of a previously righteous group of people called the Nephites. This group of scriptures was condensed by a prophet and was brought forth at a later time and shown to the Prophet Joseph. When he was old enough he was allowed to take the record, the writings written on gold plates. He was also given interpreters so that he coud translate the record for our time so that there could be another testament or witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Karen
Most families go to church every Sunday. We are usually friends with most people in our immediate congregations and have an opportunity to know them better as we often work together at Church. You might say it is a way of life. We have a lay church, so no one gets paid; almost everyone is given something to do, whether it is to be head of an organization or a teacher or a Bishop or many other things. The youth and children and adults all get an opportunity to speak in Church. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Karen
This is very simply a health law. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Karen
No matter how hard we try, we will always be imperfect. Our Savior is the only one who can make up the difference. It does not mean we can do whatever we want and break obviously serious commandments (think of the 10 commandments) but if we honestly continue to try to become more perfect, He will make up the difference for us. He is the only way we can be truly saved. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Karen
Tithing takes care of building temples and churches and pays for utilities, etc. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Karen
Perhaps to deflect people from investigating its beliefs. A cult is directed by a leader who gives no area for people to make up their own minds. That is the opposite of what we believe. We receive direction and then are asked to pray about it ourselves. There is never any direction given that would lead to sin or any misdirection. The Prophet Joseph Smith said, "We teach men correct principals and then they govern themselves." Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Karen
A young boy named Joseph Smith was confused about which church to join and had gone to many. He had read in the Old Testament that if he lacked wisdom he could ask God and God would give him an answer. He was 14 when he went into the nearby woods to pray one day and ask his question. He received a witness from God the Father and Jesus Christ that none of the church's were true at the time and to join none of them. He was told later when to begin the church when he was a little older. He formed the new church after the original church of Jesus Christ as it was in the New Testament. It was not Joseph's Smith's church, it was Christ's Church restored, and Joseph Smith was the first prophet of the restored Church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Karen
They will answer your questions. They will teach you what we believe. They will ask you to read the Book of Mormon and pray about what you have read and what they have told you to find out for yourselves if what they are teaching you is true. If you gain a testimony that these things are true, they will ask if you are ready to be baptized. Show more Show less