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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a Mormon. Born and raised that way. I have my own batch of six and have started the 6th generation Mormons with the grandkids.

About Me

I've been lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom for our 6 kids, who are now raising their own families. I met my husband after college and right after he'd been baptised, right here in his hometown. Our kids have graduated from the same high school their father did, so our community connections are strong. Even my mother who lived with us for 19 years until she passed away a year ago at age 91, volunteered at the grade school where our children attended and my sister teaches. We've been in this house for almost 25 years and are grateful for the yard we have to garden in. We grow vegetables and fruits and berries, along with the normal landscaping. It's a great feeeling to be able to provide so much fresh, healthy food for our friends and family. Some years we even get pretty crops. When I'm not busy in the garden, or canning, cooking, and cleaning, I love to sew and read, but I especially like to travel. Now that my husband is retired, we hope to be able to see a little more of the country.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Church and have basically always believed it to be true, there is a conversion moment for every person. When did I know it was true? As a teenager, I thought it was true but had a little trouble being good. It wasn't till I was out of college and living on my own, that I realized the kind of home life I had as a child didn't happen by accident and that the values I'd been raised with were important to me, enough to make me want to be close to the church, since I knew it was the source. I straightened up my life in order to be capable of going to the temple. And when that happened, I knew I'd had my conversion moment! I knew I wanted a family centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ. I wanted the harmony in my home that can only come when both of us were focused on a bigger picture. I was sure it was the only way I could help my children to navigate the world stronger than me. Now thirty five years later, I see it even more clearly as we have raised children who are stronger and more committed to the gospel than I was as a youth. It is an incredible feeling to watch them parent their own children and see them teaching the gospel in their homes.

How I live my faith

Life at our house is busy! Saturday is the day we try to get all our weekend chores done on because Sunday is a sacred day for us. It appears that we don't play much. Having a big house and a big yard requires alot of maintence which have often taken all of our Saturday, but we willing give up those chores to attend Church on Sunday and spend time together worshipping as a family. There are usually other meetings that we go to as well, including choir practice, that help keep us in "church mode" on Sunday. We participate in all the youth activities during the week, along with Boy Scouts and early morning seminary, which is a 6 AM religion class for high school kids. This past year, after all six of our children had graduated from high school and early morning seminary, I was asked to teach the sophomore class. Of all the assignments I've had at Church, this was the greatest test of my commitment. Teenagers at 6 in the morning. Smart teenagers who would require alot of study and preparation in order to teach them a lesson about the scriptures. Sunday dress required, hair done, be on time every day of the school year, open the building, set up the classroom, and be prepared and happy. I was sure this was nothing I WANTED to do, but if I really believed the Church was true and that this was an inspired assignment, I had to say yes. I do believe it and I did say yes. It was an amazing experience and I learned so much, hard as it was!