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Hi I'm Karen

I joined the Mormon church a few weeks before my senior year of high school.

About Me

I'm a very proud mother of 6. I love my children dearly. I also love to crochet. I follow patterns sometimes, but it is a fun creative outlet for me to create my own designs. It is so fun to make special gifts for people. I am also a very happy grandmother. Our granddaughter is turning 1 and I wish I lived closer so I could see her and her parents more often. I have always wanted to be close enough to help my kids when they need it, but not to be in the way. I remember when I was a young mother, how much I loved having family around. My youngest is in high school, and it will only be a few more years before I am an "empty nester". That is such a strange concept to me! I am going to be taking some online college classes soon. I think it will be really nice to learn new things and upgrade some skills. I have homeschooled many of my children. Some, all the way through high school. It has always been a choice for the children and has been a learning adventure for all of us involved.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Growing up, I attended different churches in search of answers. My parents weren't religious. Though they didn't discourage me, they didn't encourage me either. They said I could go to church as long as I found a ride, so I started with ones that were close by. I tried several different Christian churches. I would ask questions, but was beginning to feel like there was something wrong with me. They usually had a pretty good answer for where I was going, but I would get strange looks when the answer of, “He is so big He fills the whole universe, and yet can also fit in your heart” only confused me. When a friend moved in across the street, she said she would be happy to take me to her church. Though I still wasn’t getting answers, they had a nice youth group and caring leaders. I ended up attending that church for 3 years, and grew very close to the people there. Then in my junior year of high school I met a boy. Yes, I know how that sounds. As we dated, we would discuss our different churches. We went back and forth and then my church was having an Easter program that I was participating in. There was a lot of neat music and I was sure that the spirit would move him and he would understand that we had it right. During the performance, something startling happened. During one of the songs, I felt a tap on my shoulder and then a voice said, “this is not the right one”. I looked and no one was there, as I was on the far edge. As I tried to get back into the song, it happened again. I don’t remember much of the program after that. I started taking the discussions from the missionaries with my friend. My questions were answered and the Holy Ghost testified to me plainly that this was the true gospel of Jesus Christ. So, with the permission of my parents, I was baptized just before starting my senior year of high school.

How I live my faith

It has been 33 years since I was baptized. Since that time, I have tried hard to do my best to raise my children to be respectful citizens of our country, good members of our society and most importantly to instill in them a foundation of faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a family we read the scriptures together. This opens up chances for the children to ask questions and gain understanding. These discussions are some of my favorite times. Over the years I have had the chance to do all sorts of things in the church. I have been the leader for our Primary, which is for children 18 months old until they turn 12. I have lead music, taught classes and organized activities. I have worked many years with the Cub Scout program, which our church is very supportive of. It was a wonderful experience working with my boys as they went through the program. It was very special to have my 3 boys receive their Eagle Scout awards. I have also had the opportunity to work with my girls in the Young Women’s program. I have learned right alongside them. These youth are so amazing and I love serving them, serving with them and getting to know them. Working with the ladies in the women’s organization is wonderful. It is a great way to get to know women of all ages and back grounds. From helping young mothers to the wisdom of older sisters, we all have challenges and strengths. As women we can help, serve and encourage each other, and those around us. I have taught cooking classes, organized events, taught classes for the women, and created newsletters. Through all of these things I have learned a lot, and in many cases, found talents and abilities I didn’t even know I had. That is a wonderful thing about serving in the Lord’s kingdom. He asks us to do things that sometimes stretch us, or that we have no idea how to accomplish, yet I have never felt alone. I have always had the Holy Ghost to guide and loving people around me to learn and grow with.