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Hi I'm Karen

I'm from California, loving living in Texas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an English and history nerd! I love dissecting novels and short stories, poems and songs. Digging into history and cultures and finding out causes and effects is one of my favorite pastimes. I will analyze anything written down! Dancing, acting, hiking, doing family history, and just enjoying being alive are some of my other hobbies. I am also really into Celtic culture. One of my goals in life is to learn to play the bagpipes. I make up song renditions on the piano all the time.

Why I am a Mormon

Today? I'm assuming this is asking why I am still a practicing Mormon and not a non-practicing Mormon. I think it's also asking why I joined the church in the first place. Well, like a lot of people, my mother is Mormon, so I grew up going to church and when it was time to get baptized when I was eight years old, I did. That's why I joined the church. I am still an active member because: I made promises to God. Even though I've had my fair share of struggles, breaking a promise because I feel angry or distanced is a heavy price to pay. See, I also know that there will be consequences if I ever break those promises. I know that for sure. So I don't break them.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to do the things that are right: being honest, being true to myself and the answers God has given me, being kind and friendly to other people, keeping God's commandments (or trying to!). I read the scriptures and pray everyday so that I can stay "in touch" with Heavenly Father (that's what we often call God).

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is great! We accept the Bible as revelation recorded by prophets, though we recognize there are mistakes because it has been passed down through generations of religious writers/editors. The cool thing about the Book of Mormon is that it has not been through so many layers of translation. Basically, there were people here that kept records, and the Book of Mormon is an abridgment of some of those records. You can study the different groups of people in depth, but here's a brief run-down: At the time of the Tower of Babel, a group of people were led by God to come to the Americas. These people are referred to as "Jaredites" in the Book of Mormon. At about 600 B.C, there was a man named Lehi who lived in Jerusalem with his family. He was also led by God to the Americas. Jerusalem was destroyed at about 587 B.C. There was another group who left Jerusalem around the same time; this was a group led by Mulek, who was a son of Zedekiah, who was the ruler of Jerusalem when it was destroyed. They are referred to in the Book of Mormon as Mulekites. Records were kept by a Jaredite prophet (Ether) and righteous descendants of Lehi (referred to as Nephites, though the Nephites did revert to wickedness from time to time). Mormon was a Nephite and compiled & abridged these various records. This abridgment is what we call the Book of Mormon. Mormon hid this record before he died. Show more Show less