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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family and my faith in Christ is what is most important to me. I am the mother of two children. I have a wonderful husband who makes me laugh and helps me to be a better person. I enjoy working and have been blessed to love my job. I feel strongly about my heritage; I come from a strong family and am blessed because of it.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe in Christ. Throughout my life, I have had experiences that have shaped my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was encouraged by a young women's leader to read the Book of Mormon. By doing this and by taking Moroni's challenge, I can say that I believe in the power of the Book of Mormon. I can remember as a teenager driving hours to be able to go to the temple and what a blessing it was. When we moved across the country and were only 45 minutes away from the temple, my parents worked in the temple every Thursday night. I was so proud of their dedication and commitment to the Lord. As a result of their sweet dedication, my testimony in the importance of going to temple and serving the Lord was strengthened and I hold this dear to me. As a young adult, I struggled in a miserable marriage. When I was able to step out of that situation and come back to the church stronger than ever, I was able to heal through attending my meetings, paying my tithing, and attending the temple. I received the opportunity to attend institute and study the Doctrine and Covenants. This allowed me to have my own witness of what the early Saints went through and understand some of their trials - which strengthened me through my own trials. In my life now, I am so blessed. I am grateful for what I have gone through. I am blessed because of the spiritual promptings I have received. I am a better person through the trials I have experienced.

How I live my faith

I have enjoyed many great callings and can honestly remember each one with a smile. I have served with the youth, including the Stake Girl's Camp Director. I enjoy my calling as visiting teacher and have always held a reverence for this calling. I had the opportunity to teach Gospel Doctrine in my current ward and taught four years, so got to study each of the gospels. I have served as a ward missionary, with a focus on the missionaries serving from our ward. I enjoyed this calling. Currently, I am a temple worker at the Phoenix temple. And I get to teach the primary children that are 10 years old. I think that I live my faith by choosing to try and be like Christ every day. The way that I treat others is a focus for me. Providing service to those that are in need fills my heart.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Karen
Serving a mission is as the statement says a "privilege". My paternal grandfather served 4 missions - 3 were with my grandmother. My maternal grandparents also served multiple missions. My parents both happened to serve in the same mission. My husband and I are young "empty nesters", and we are hoping to serve multiple missions. We would like to serve a temple mission. We would also like to serve in another country. While all Mormons are not required to serve a mission. I do consider it to be an opportunity and one that I look forward to with my husband. Show more Show less