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Hi I'm Karen Birchenough Amy

I grew up in California, I have traveled extensively and lived in Europe for a few years. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I am a GrandMother and a Great GrandMother. It seems those are my two priorities in life these days. I do some GrandMother things, like knit and crotchet. I also paint, and do numerous crafts. I do not let anything get in the way of my Grand children and I try to see them at least 4 times per year.  I belong to the oldest and largest woman's organization called the "Relief Society". We try to do just as our name indicates, bring relief to those in need. Our motto is "Charity Never Faith". We understand the word Charity to mean loving your fellow man unconditionally, not just to give of your means and time, although we do that as well. Three years ago I married a wonderful LDS man and now both of us are down-sizing. Seems we will never get finished. We collect rocks together and make some jewelry. Down-sizing is still our most difficult task. Recently we were called on a mission to the Palmyra NY Temple. This is an exciting adventure. We leave this week New York, here we come.

Why I am a Mormon

I am so grateful to this Gospel for helping me keep my little family together. We are trying our best to adhere to its principles and doctrines and find that the better we do the better we are. I know now what it means to have joy. Joy is everlasting while happiness is here and gone. I love knowing I can go to the Savior with my questions and I will actually receive answers. One of the first things I learned was that I am a "Child of God". I felt more connected. I had more understanding of what it means to be a member of the human family. I understood the many blessings I had and the many more to come. I no longer felt that all of these things were for someone else, but not me. God is no respecter of persons. He loves all of us equally. He has given us the way to reach him, through prayer. He has left us his words in the scriptures. Everyday he shows us with this beautiful Earth how much he loves us. His only begotten son is our Savior. This knowledge has made my life richer and this is only the beginning. There is more, much more to learn and to understand. I love to learn. The Gospel has no limits. There is much more. I have questions and I always will. I have learned to be patient. The answers come, sometimes in odd ways but as long as I pay attention they come.

How I live my faith

Mormon's are a Temple going people. I and my husband work at our local Temple once per week. We also have callings (these are jobs we do without payment, but is one way we can serve others) in our Church that allow us to interact with others of our faith as well as others in our community. We try to get a little bit better each day. We try to live as though we were going to meet with Jesus Christ that very evening and report to him all that we have accomplished in his name. It is an exciting way to live and causes us to be very creative at times. We try not to offend others in any way and we try to be useful in our community. Both of us are retired and yet busier than we were when we held down full-time jobs. We have a service that we call visit teaching. All adult women members of the ward are assigned to 2 or 3 different women and their assignment is to visit with them each month and teach them a short lesson. It is amazing how well you get to know the sisters you visit and how often you are at the right place at the right time when they will need somone to help them in some way. We all grow and develop in ways we would not guess, when we do our Visit Teaching.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Karen Birchenough Amy
Many people confuse the words "sacred" and "secret". The ordinances we give and receive in the Temple are very sacred and not understood by many, even some that are currently members of the church. The only way to truly understand what we do in the Temples, one must be a member of the church in good standing. He and/or she will have studied the scriptures and through prayer will have determined that they are ready to receive further ordinances and covenants from the Lord. Then they will interview with their Bishop and the three of them will determine their eligibility to enter the Temple. It is not something we do without being prepared. The Temple covenants have eternal consequences. It is sacred. Show more Show less