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Hi I'm Karen

I grew up outside of Philadelphia,PA. I taught elementary school in Pennsylvania California and Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up out side of Philadelphia after World War II. We were a tight knit family. My father was in banking and my mother was a stay-at-home mom. I had one sister. Education was very important. So I have several degrees which I have used to teach elementary school abroad and in several States. I have also been a vocational counselor. My interests focus on my family. I have loved being a mother of three and a grandmother of seven. I really never stop teaching! I have always loved traveling,reading,cooking, crafts and now genealogy. Music,both vocal and instrumental, and art in many of its forms have played a central part in my past, present, and growing family. For many years I was a cat person. I still enjoy cats in others homes. As the family has grown, so has the persons with allergies. Presently, I have two grand dogs and three small dogs at home with my husband and I. And now I am a dog person,too!

Why I am a Mormon

I first heard of the LDS Church, when my grandmother took me to the New York World Fair in the 1960's. The Mormon Pavillion had a presentation that felt so familiar to me in its concepts. It seemed as if I had always known what they were teaching. Long story short, I had minimal contact after that. I went to college and to teach abroad. In my third grade class was a lovely little girl, who was bright and obviously well cared for by her family. When I became engaged, she started following me about at recess. She would tell me about her family. In her little plastic red wallet, was a family photo of parents and children. The children were of different nationalities that her parents had adopted, because her mother could not have children. What she taught me was that she had a forever family sealed in the Temple of God. Her teachings touched my fiance and I. When we met the missionaries, we were ready to accept the fullness of the Gospel. We wanted children and a forever family. I have had a growing testimony that has brought me much joy over the years: I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, who restored the fullness of the Gospel to Earth. I know that the Church is led by another prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson. The Church is guided by the Holy Priesthood. It never fails to amaze me how the Church Organization moves forth with revelation to meet the needs of its members. I have a strong testimony of the power of the Temple, and I know that there is life after death. Most of all, I know that my Heavenly Father and Redeemer Live, Love, and Know me personally. They answer my prayers, in the name of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. It goes hand-in-hand with the Bible to better help me understand Heavenly Father's Plan for me. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ,Our Savior.

How I live my faith

My day starts with prayer and scripture study. It was not always that way. Over my life I have found that the day goes more smoothly and with more love in its actions, if I do so. My life reflects my faith in my appearance of modesty; and in my participation of Church services and activities. We believe our life is enriched by service to others, in our family, ward, Stake and Community. It is a joy to help my children and my grandchildren in work,shopping,teaching academics and doctrine. There is nothing sweeter than to hear the grandchildren pray. Once or more a month, we visit teach our sisters with a Gospel message and a time to really get to know each other and enjoy ourselves. As individuals, and as a group of sisters, we do things that promote welfare and humanitarian needs, such as feeding the homeless; providing health kits and other materials to disaster areas in our country or around the world; helping people move; providing school clothes and materials to schools in need,etc. We often provide clothes and quilts to hospitals and homeless shelters. To us the family is extremely important. One of the ways I honor that, is by researching my ancesters to help my posterity know and love those who came before them. Then I do the Temple work for them so that we can be sealed together for all eternity.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

After I had become interested in the Church and decided that I wanted an Eternal Family, my husband saw the missionaries and asked them to come teach us the discussions. These discussions taught us the basic principles and left it to us to pray about them and to seek the confirmation of the Holy Ghost The missionaries continued to teach, answer our questions, pray, and fellowship us. They asked us to attend Sacrament Meeting at Church. After more meetings and missionary sessions, they asked us if we wished to be Baptized. We did. We set a date. Many of the Ward members attended our baptism. We were baptized by immersion, by one of the missionaries, who holds the Holy Priesthood, for the remission of our sins. Next, the other missionary placed his hands on our heads and confirmed us members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and blessed us to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. This was one of the happiest days of our lives! Show more Show less