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Hi I'm Karen

I joined the church at age 12 with my family. I teach high school. I have five grown children and 4 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the sunshine, long walks, knitting, and cats. I was born and raised on the East Coast and joined the church with my family when I was 12 years old. At age 18, I attended Brigham Young University and earned a bachelors degree in Home Economics Education. My husband and I married in the Salt lake City Temple and moved to California where we lived with our four children until being tranferred to the Seattle area for a new employment opportunity. After our move, we had another child and have resided in the area for the past 26 years. I am currently teaching at two high schools and recently finished my masters' degree in education. We also have four beautiful grandchildren and look forward to retirement and spending more time with our children and their families.

Why I am a Mormon

I had a wonderful family as a child. My parents were loving, kind, and provided a positive atmosphere for our home. We were taught to work and be responsible individuals; however, religion was lacking in our home. My dad was raised as a Catholic, but he had become disenchanted and no longer attended while my mother grew up Protesant but did not attend regularly because of differences in theological ideals. When the missionaries came to our home, we felt a peace and happiness in our home that we had not experieinced previously. As we came to learn more about the gospel and that special feeling we experienced when the missionaries were there, we knew what we needed to do. We needed to be baptised members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which our entire family happily did two weeks later. This decision brought us closer together, nearer the Savior, and enabled us to enjoy that special feeling of peace ever since. Although life is often difficult, we always know where we can turn for His peace.

How I live my faith

I taught for 27 consecutive years in the children's organization of the Church, served as president of the young women's (teenage girls) auxiliary twice, and am currently a ward missionary. In addition, I have been an advisor at my high school the last ten years for a club called Family, Carrers, and Community Leaders of America where we provide service to our school and community as well as teach students to donate their time to the community. I also help with food and clothing collections for our neighborhood and the greater Seattle area and volunteer for special projects as often as they arise.