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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a Mormon. And a Baby Boomer who just retired after 30 years as a software engineer with a major government contractor.

About Me

I am recently retired, wife of a part-time practicing attorney, mother of 3 grown children, and grandmother of 8. After spending 30 years as a software engineer for a major government contractor, I am finding the "retired life" quite different, but richly rewarding as I can now focus on taking care of others, spending time with grandchildren, putting more effort into my church calling (I teach New Testament to the adults), and actually getting some sorely needed chores done around the house. Our family has gone through some difficult challenges the past few years....my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's, and various types of cancer struck several of us, including our son (lymphoma) and my own breast cancer. We have been richly blessed, though. After all the treatments, my cancer looks to be eliminated, and other family members (including our son) are either cancer-free or in remission. We all have learned so much through these difficulties, and we see how precious life and health are! FUN STUFF: I'm looking forward to playing some golf, biking with my husband, taking trips to the mountains or Santa Fe with longtime girlfriends, skiing this winter, and maybe even climbing a few of the Colorado "Fourteeners" next summer. I also have an unusual interest for a 62 year old.....I LOVE Disney World and Universal Studios. I'm not sure when we get to go next....but I can't wait to see the Harry Potter attraction!

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the church 15 years ago (at the age of 47) when our son began dating a very cute girl his senior year in highschool. She was a "Mormon". For years our family had been essentially nonreligious, claiming not to believe in "organised religion." We didn't raise our children in any particular faith, except to acknowledge the existence of an impersonal spirit entity we called "God." Our son was baptised into the church during his freshman year in college, where he just happened to be on a 4-year football scholarship. My husband and I were upset when he decided to take a 2 year break from school to go on a "mission", but we supported his decision. Even before he left on this mission, I began wondering just what I "believed." Up until that time I was okay with everything being undefined....but it soon became clear that I needed to find out what my beliefs were regarding God, Christ, and religion. I talked my husband into attending a local Protestant church with me for several months, but I wasn't satisfied with the "answers" it provided. I began to ask lots of questions to my son's girlfriend's parents (Mormons) and others of the faith. The more I learned, the better I felt about my quest for the truth. One day while driving to work, I was pondering heavily on these things, and I asked God why I wasn't receiving some "sign" (you know, the "burning bush") that would let me know if the church was true. I remember the moment so well.....the answer that came to me was this.....I already DID know the truth, and I really didn't need to waste any more time seeking for an outward "sign." A tremendous feeling of warmth and joy flooded through my body as I drove the remaining miles to work.....it really is indescribable. But I know this feeling now as a manifestation of the Holy Spirit.....something that happens to those who seek and pray for the truth. I am so very grateful for that experience, and will never let myself forget it.

How I live my faith

I have had several wonderful callings since I joined the church. It's one of the things I love about this church.....over the years you have so many different kinds of opportunites to serve and grow. Currently I am the Sunday School teacher for the adults, and this whole year (2011) we are studying the New Testament. Having to teach these scriptures really requires me to study and understand. The New Testament has "come alive" for me, and I am gaining a powerful knowledge of its truth. I love how the Book of Mormon, which is another book of scripture that witnesses of Jesus Christ, and the Bible go hand in hand. Life has become so RICH since I joined the church. It has so much more meaning, and I've noticed that every new truth I learn (or learn more fully) fits so well with the whole. Even with my trials, I feel a deep sense of joy that is hard to explain. I see family and friends and neighbors and even folks I meet on the street in a whole new light, and I treasure them ever so much more. I hope to be better at sharing my faith with others, because I want them to have the deep joy that I feel.