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Hi I'm Karen

I am a mother of five, daughter, widow, college student, photography enthusiast, a music lover and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As I grew up in South Carolina, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I had specific goals for myself, and one was to marry a faithful Mormon man and raise a strong Mormon family. In 2009, after 26 years of marriage, Heavenly Father called my husband back home. My family and I had to cope with some major changes in our lives, along with dealing with the loss of such a beloved member of our family. I am now busy raising my two youngest children, my three adult children are own their own, and I have found myself going back to school to finish what I started almost 30 years ago. My life was turned upside down, but my faith has been steady. I am so grateful for the things that I know to be true and the light that it gives to me. My spare time activities range from knitting, crocheting, gardening, sewing, family history, playing the piano, cooking and baking. I also like to ride my beach cruiser around my neighborhood with my children. I'm not really sure what my educational goals are right now, but I will trust in the Lord to guide me towards the path I need to be on.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family. Attending church weekly, reading scriptures and praying was just a natural part of our lives. My moral compass was nurtured by my family, seminary teachers, church instructors and friends. After I moved away from my parent's home to attend college, my knowledge and beliefs continued to grow as an adult on my own. I eventually achieved one of my goals by marrying a faithful Mormon man in the Salt Lake Temple. I am grateful for the knowledge that I will see my husband again and we will be together in the next life. Being a Mormon has provided direction in my life. I can't imagine what my life would be like without this gospel to guide me. This gospel gives me peace. Peace in times of trials, peace in times of uncertainty, peace in times of turmoil in the world. The gospel is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is my Savior and He loves me, just as He loves everyone. I am grateful for His sacrifice and for His example. Heavenly Father is real and He answers prayers. He is there for all of us that call out to Him. He wants His children to return to Him someday.

How I live my faith

I have served in many different areas of the church. Mostly, I have served with the youth ages 3 to 12. I have spent time teaching all different ages in that range. I have been involved in scouting, music and teaching gospel principles on Sunday. I have also worked in the women's organization of the church: organizing weekday events, visiting the women in my neighborhood, and doing service work in the community. Lately, I have been active in the Humanitarian work that is being implemented in my Latter-Day Saint community. We are busy making blankets for seniors in the senior homes, crocheting hats for chemotherapy patients, sewing and stuffing mastectomy pillows for the local cancer hospitals, and collecting donations for other countries. It is an exciting work and it feels great to serve others.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

YES and YES! I have had the experience, first-hand, to know what it feels like to lose someone very close and dear. Losing my husband was shocking, devastating, heart-breaking. Yet, knowing that this life is not all there is, knowing that there is more than what I see right in front of me......that is what keeps my family strong and gives us great peace. My husband was a FIRM believer in this concept. He knew, just as our children know, that death is not the end. We will see each other again. Their father, my husband, is busy on the other side, and we are busy here living, struggling, serving, praying and keeping the faith, so that we can all live with our Father in Heaven, again, as a family. Show more Show less