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Hi I'm Karen Rasmussen

I love truth. I love families--past, present, and future. I live in Texas and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

A friend once told me, "Everybody has a story, and most people will tell you theirs." I like to discover the stories of my ancestor's and relative's lives. Their stories unfold for me as I search records they have left behind. Currently, I am a family history center director. I love having the time and the resources to do genealogy. I also learn a lot about other people's stories and the stories of their ancestors as I help them do research in our local family history center. I collect things. I collect salt and pepper shakers. Some of my favorites are the turkey salt and pepper shakers my childhood family always used for Thanksgiving. I also have a salt and pepper shaker of the Salt Lake LDS temple and tabernacle. I collect decorative LDS temple plates. There are twenty five on display in my kitchen. I love to attend the temple and try to go each week. When I was a young mother, another friend taught me this phrase, "It's not awful, only inconvenient." This saying helped me to weather those years when it seemed there was endless work to be done despite how tired I might be. This attitude has helped me to find more joy in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. When I was fourteen years old, our seminary teacher challenged us to read as much of the Book of Mormon as possible in one week. I'm competative and wanted to win the challenge. I had already started the book before the contest began, but by the end of the week I had finished the book. This experience changed my life. I prayed to know if God lived. I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was God's truth. The impressions and feelings that followed changed the course of my life. I sometimes have a hard time deciding what is the right thing to do in a particular situation. The gospel of Jesus Christ helps me sort out principles of truth and right. The impressions of the Holy Spirit help me find peace. Throughout my adult life, I have had to work to maintain good mental health. Numerous times I have felt the hand of God rescue my soul. My heart is grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, who reaches out to me in love and forgiveness through His atonement. I hear the voice of my Heavenly Father beckoning me always to "come...come home" to Him. This is the great desire of my heart... to come home to my Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. And not only for me "to come home," but to come home with my family past, present, and future.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by having integrity....by actually doing what I know is right, after I figure out--with the help of the Holy Spirit--what is right. Anyway, this is my goal. Needless to say, it is difficult to live with integrity moment after moment. But I keep trying. Doing the right things--such as saying my prayers, reading scriptures daily, attending church meetings, being honest, being faithful in my marriage, desiring to share the gospel with those around me, being kind and respectful, trying to be an influence for good, and in general just trying to keep God's commandments is what brings stability, peace, and joy into my life.