What Is a Church Community?

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 Karleen

I'm a wife, a mother, a geologist, a musician, an artist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a stay-at-home mom. I recently went back to college and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Geology, and I love everything to do with Geology! I love hiking, playing sports, painting, drawing, singing, and playing the piano. I have a terrific husband who has stood by me even though my imperfections are many. I have 3 adopted sons who I love very much and can't wait to see what they will be when they grow up. I like to do all sorts of things like jewelry making, exercising, playing video games (I'm particularly good at Guitar Hero), baking, sewing. etc. I wish I could dance, but unfortunately I'm terrible at it!

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Well, I was born and raised in the LDS faith. My ancestors were converted and came across the plains and the seas when the restored church moved West in the 1800's. My parents are faithful members of this church. So when it was my 8th birthday, I got baptized. Through my teenage years I had a strong, simple testimony of the truths taught in the LDS faith. As I moved away from home and married, I kept going to church, and have always had a testimony. As an adult I have had many opportunities to reflect on why I still go to church. One experience in particular that caused me to sincerely re-evaluate my beliefs was my return to formal education. I recently graduated with a degree in geology. Scientists in general do not believe in god at all, let alone any particular religious denomination. My education was given from a very atheistic viewpoint. And that is ok. As a Mormon, I believe that everyone has the right to their own opinion and belief system. The hard part for me was hearing the professors, many who I had come to really care for and trust, criticize religion. Since I trusted them, I would occasionally find myself wondering if I was wrong somehow, and that there really was no God. It would be so much easier in some respects if that were the case. But as I prayed and continued going to church, I was continually reminded in my heart and mind that there IS a God, that He loves me, and that the true gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. I love geology, I love science, and I loved the experience of feeling "enlightenment" during school. My testimony is stronger now than before I went back to school. Our Heavenly Father loves all of His children. Jesus Christ is our Savior and our spiritual brother. He created our earth, and already knows everything that I wish to find out about how the earth and the universe were made and why everything works the way it does. I am a Mormon because the gospel is true. I love it!

How I live my faith

This one's a little harder to answer. Anyone who knows me can testify to the fact that I am not perfect, so it's difficult to talk about how I live my faith without sounding like a hypocrite. I guess a good way to answer would be that I live my faith by using it! Prayer, faith, service, patience, repentance, and forgiveness are all very useful and necessary for a happy life. I have served in the church in many capacities over the years - as a youth leader, teacher, pianist, cub scouts den leader (you better believe they all got their Geologist badges!), choir director, etc. I try to teach my children the values instilled by the church - kindness, patience, cleanliness and orderliness, forgiveness and repentance, prayer, avoiding unhealthy substances, and living a morally clean life. I teach them to repect the opinions of others, even if those opinions are different than their own. I teach them to serve others. I volunteer at my kids' school, and like to join in community service projects like street cleanups and Habitat for Humanity.