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Hi I'm Karen!

I grew up in Southern California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a sister, a daughter, a college student, a wife and I work full-time. I love to scrapbook, go to church spend time with my family, friends and husband.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS faith and for a while going every Sunday was basically to appease my father. It wasn't until I was 16 and a group of friends changed my perspective. The summer before my Junior year in high school, I was introduced to a group of friends who were members of the LDS church. In the specific area where I grew up, there were not a lot of youth my age and so I never really interacted with members of the LDS church very often. However, these group of guys shared a testimony of the Savior that I never saw before and it wasn't because of what they said but it was through the way that they lived. Their influence effected me in a such a way that I wanted to live like the Savior because of their example. I then began my quest for have a personal relationship with my Father in Heaven and my Savior Jesus Christ. I prayed, read from the book of mormon and searched for a testimony. I started living the principles that were taught in this church and I began to develop a relationship with my Father in Heaven and his son Jesus Christ. Because of this relationship I am able to overcome everything. When I first graduated from college my world started falling apart. I was failing all my classes, my parents were getting a divorce and I was SO unhappy. The only thing stable in my life was the church. Because I was able to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ, he helped me heal from all my pains. And that relationship was developed because I decided to live the principles taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving each day to have a family that can last forever. I am a newly wed and after watching my parents get a divorce i was a little hesitant to make that step in my life. But i realized that doing the simple things everyday with my husband like praying, reading the scriptures together, attending church and just spending time with one another has helped us grow closer together. Families are the most important unit in the church and everyday I have to work at it. It's not easy especially because I work full-time and go to night school. But because I want to be an example to my kids one day I know the best thing i can do is continually strengthen my relationship with my savior and in turn i will strengthen my relationship with my husband

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

I was one of those LDS missionaries who walked around with black name tags. It wasn't something the church asked me to do. It wasn't a requirement because i was LDS. I did it voluntarily. I decided to put my life on hold for a year and a half to live in texas a serve the wonderful people there! And because the missionary service was voluntary, we have to pay for it ourselves. I was blessed to have a family/dad who sacrificed a lot of money (especially since he just got laid off from his job) to pay for this service. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes and Yes. We believe that life does not end at death. The most important unit in the church is the Family. A family is where you learn everything. You learn how to eat, walk, talk, love, laugh and learn. Heavenly Father did not just place us in family units so that it can be temporary. He ordained marriage so that the relationship between a man and a woman can last much longer than this lifetime. However, that is not the only important relationship. He also placed us in families so that those bonds and relationships can last long after death. Show more Show less