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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a Mormon.I grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. I had never heard of the Mormon church in my town before I was introduced to it.

About Me

I am a volunteer missionary at the Mesa Regional Family History Center, presently in my 3rd year of service after a two year mission here. My hobbies and interests have to do with genealogy and family history. I have written one book about my ancestors in 1992. I am compiling another book on my Mother's ancestors. I am a Wife to a wonderful husband and Mother of five sons. I also enjoy Indexing, and reading books. I was an RN for 22 years. Now I love serving patrons with their genealogy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the church just after high school. My brother was helpful in sending the missionaries to me after he left from a leave he had with the Air Force. I took the missionary discussions at an LDS friend's home in the local Ward. She was close to my age and we hit it off quite well. Exactly one month and one day after I turned of age, I was baptized into the true church. Before that, my parents had forbidden me from joining. When I turned of age, they agreed I could choose for myself. I did so and that made a profound turning point in my life. I was engaged to be married at the time of my baptism. My fiancee broke off our engagement when he learned I had joined the Mormon church. But within six months, we were back together and getting married. We were married in the LDS church by my new found Bishop. We moved out of state due to the Air Force service my husband had and many in the local Ward thought I would go inactive. I didn't and my husband joined the church. We had our first son and moved back to the local Ward to raise him. Everyone was surprised by our activity. It was a choice experience to be back in our local Ward again. And to grow as a family in the church.

How I live my faith

I participate in the Women's group in the local Ward I live in, serving as a visiting teacher. I also help others in the church learn how to do Indexing online. I used to volunteer as an RN in my community back home in the midwest. I helped do blood pressure checks and blood sugar monitoring. Since moving west, I haven't participated in as many volunteer things like that. I do help my neighbors with their children's illness/accidents that are minor and tell them when they should take them in to see a doctor. I enjoy helping our Bishop keep up with the Ward members by my service as a visiting teacher. We take a specially prepared message from the church magazine into their homes, ask them about how they are doing, try to be sensitive to their privacy and their special needs, and let the leaders of our Women's group know of anything that can be done to help those sister members. Often a listening ear is what they most need at the time of our visit. And we leave them with a word of prayer, praying on their behalf as needed. I also work as an Asst. Librarain in our Ward building on Sundays. We check items in and out and provide copies of materials that are asked for. Serving in the library helps me develop my friendship skills as I get to know new and present members of the church.