What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Karen

I'm a pianist, a teacher, a wife, and a mother of six and one adorable dog. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a piano teacher, accompanist, and soloist, but for the last 27 years my most important occupation has been being a wife and mother of eventually six children. I'm at that uncertain point in my life where the last two children are growing up way too fast. In four years it will just be me and my husband again. I'm thrilled that I have more time to devote to personal goals, even as I wish that they were all still around me. I love to read and I collect great children's literature. My parents recently passed away, but I am not sad because I know that they are happy now and that I will live with them again after this life is done.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me HAPPY! I was born and raised in this faith, and living my religion has helped me through all the ups and downs of life. I knew at a very early age that my Heavenly Father loved me and was counting on me to serve in the church and raise a happy, large family. My family is deeply rooted in pioneer heritage and, even as a child, I knew that I would be faithful and true like my ancestors and my parents. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time when I was 13 years old, and I have read it and all of the Bible many times since. We read the Book of Mormon daily chapter by chapter as a family and it always amazes me how our personal struggles are answered in our nightly chapters. I love the Proclamation on the Family and I know that its message is prophetic for the times in which we live. My favorite quote from it is "Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ." I know that someday I will meet the Lord again, and I hope that when I do, He will love the person I have become.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is absolutely who I am. I currently teach a class about the Old Testament to about 20 Seniors in high school every day at 1:30, so this gives me the opportunity to really study the scriptures and think about how they speak to me. As a family, we pray every day before meals and in the evening before bed. This helps us remember to be thankful. We teach our children about the gospel of Jesus Christ in our family home evenings, one night each week, and as we attend church on Sundays together as a family. My husband and I pay tithing, which is 10% of our income, and we consider it to be a privilege. We have been blessed for this, and we know it. Our four sons have all chosen to serve two-year unpaid missions for the church in the United States and South and Central America. Every day as I teach piano lessons, I have the opportunity to be patient and kind, and to reach out in love to those around me. I know that children are precious people, and I love to see them learn and grow. I also play the piano for a community chorale and orchestra, and I really enjoy being able to share the gift of music with others. Music is a way to share my love for God without even having to speak. I'm so happy that a temple is being built close to my home. The temple is a sacred place where we can meditate about the direction and purpose of our own lives as we serve others.