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Hi I'm Karlene.

I am from Idaho, have five children, am a retired mathematics teacher and am serving a mission with my husband in Kyiv Ukraine.

About Me

I'm a retired Middle School Mathematics Teacher, wife, mother, grandmother and community volunteer. 

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and have been an active member of the church all of my life. There were times when I took the blessing of having the gospel in my life for granted but as I have grown older and realized the importance of the Savior's Atonement in my life I am filled with gratitude and love for my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ.   

How I live my faith

I am currently teaching the New Testament in the Gospel Doctrine Sunday School Class. This has been one of the greatest blessings in my life - to have been given the opportunity to teach the scriptures. I love the scriptures and spend many happy hours studying the teachings of the Savior in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.  I am also a Visiting Teacher and friend to four amazing women who teach me by their example. My husband and I are leaving in April to serve a mission for our church in Kyiv Ukraine. We are so excited.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

The Priesthood is a blessing to all women in the church but we receive the blessings of the priesthood through worthy men that hold the priesthood. I have a strong testimony that the priesthood is reserved for every worthy male and comes through Jesus Christ. Women have many other privileges in life, one of which is Motherhood and that is the greatest blessing any woman could have. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We don't worship Joseph Smith but we do revere him. He was our first prophet in this dispensation of time and translated the Book of Mormon which is another Testament of Jesus Christ. Many wonderful opportunities come to my family because of his dedication to serve and obey Heavenly Father.    Show more Show less