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Hi I'm Karen

I am a wife to a wonderful man and mother to two amazing kids! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife to an amazing man that works hard and loves his children. I am a mother to two of the most awesome children. Our vibrant and creative daughter is 6 and loving and busy son is two. My family is my life. I am blessed through my husband’s hard work to be able to stay home with my kids. Something I have wanted since I was a little girl. I love my job! I am a scrapbook enthusiast. I have a small business creating scrapbook memories for people. I love to create. It is part of who I am. When I am not creating I feel something is missing from my life. I also sew, crochet, read, and love the outdoors. I would put it all aside to be with my family forever!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to members of the church. I was raised a member. Even though I was raised in the religion I didn’t have much knowledge of the Gospel. All I ever wanted was to be married and have a family. I never anticipated that these things would not come for me until a little later in life. A few months before my 25th birthday I decided to serve a mission. This was not something I had ever planned to do. I am so grateful I chose to serve. I learned more about the Gospel than I ever knew. Most importantly this is where I gained a testimony of Jesus Christ, the Restoration of the Gospel, Joseph Smith and much more. I truly have a belief of these things now, and value the change they have created in my faith and in my heart and soul.

How I live my faith

Living my faith constitutes many things. I do the typical things; read my scriptures, pray, attend church, serve in church, etc. I am currently serving as a secretary for the women's organization in the church and I love it. It is fun to work with others to help the women at church grow closer together and help them with the things they need spiritually and in other ways. I also love visiting the women of our church. I feel this organization is wonderful for us in becoming united together and in Christ. I firmly believe that living your faith goes beyond those actions. Serving in the community, serving my neighbors and friends, and being kind to those around me, are just as important as a Gospel knowledge base. I feel that regardless of our religions, if we follow Christ, we will behave like Christ. We will treat others the way He would treat them. I believe that is the true meaning of being Christian. It doesn't mean that I am perfect at it, but the desire and effort to be better for ourselves and others is what matters.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Karen
This is something that has taken me a while to learn. It has taken a very rough patch in my marriage to help me understand the importance Christ plays in my marriage. I came from a dysfunctional childhood, with no example of a good marriage. I have always had a low opinion of myself. It seemed as though I understood the effect Christ had on my relationships when dealing with other people; friends, family, neighbors, but when it came to home it was different. It is easy to treat strangers with kindness and even love. When we are with people everyday it tends to be harder to apply the teachings of Christ. I have learned recently that Christ really does love me and he loves my husband and children just as much. He died for US, not just me. Christ loved EVERYONE, not just me. The atonement was meant for us all. It makes it possible for anyone to return to live with our Heavenly Father. I am able to look at the sins of other people differently. Others may choose to do things against the will of God that may cause me pain, but Christ has atoned for my pain and for the sin that the person committed. They can be forgiven as much as I can or the person living down the street or the guy who robbed the bank last week. Once we realize this, we gain a new perspective when thinking about or dealing with others. It is the most influential in our homes. If we can love our spouse and children with the unconditional love Christ loves us with, think of the possibilities for happiness and love. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Karen
Ancient prophets from what is now called the Americas, from before and after Christ was on earth are the ones that wrote the Book of Mormon. They recorded things that occurred in their times. This is what God commanded them to do. God also commanded other prophets in the world to do this. Prime examples are those in Bible times. They compiled their teachings and histories. Then the prophets Moroni and his son Mormon abridged these records and buried them. In the 1800's God led Joseph Smith to discover and help translate the records. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Karen
We are Christian. Our church teaches Christ's teachings and we are taught to act as Christ would act. If we truly believe in Christ, this will reflect in our behavior as well. To be Christian means to believe in Christ. We do. We belong to The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less