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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a wife, mother, ESL teacher, ski enthusiast, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of an adorable one year-old daughter and wife of my best friend. I enjoy being outside, and I grew up skiing the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Utah. I'm a fiction fanatic and and an aspiring home chef. I love learning, and before I left my job to stay home with my family, I worked on a university campus as an academic advisor and an ESL instructor. I found working in an environment of learning to be motivating. I grew up as the youngest of six children, and love my big, crazy family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, and I thank my Heavenly Father every day for that. Having the gospel in my life has given me more peace and assurance than I can express. Growing up I felt I had direction in my decisions. I knew I could pray for guidance and I would receive answers to my prayers. As a Mormon, I am blessed with the knowledge of Heavenly Father's plan of happiness, and how Jesus Christ makes that plan possible. Knowing that plan helps me keep perspective through the challenges of life, and it gives me hope for the future. As a Mormon I have been taught the purpose of this life and how I can be with my family in the life to come. This knowledge has always been important to me, and it took on special meaning for me over the last year. Ten months ago, my mother passed away. I miss her very much, but I know I will be with her again. I know she is happy and doing important work where she is now. Five months later, one of my best friends died. Knowing the doctrines of Christ and the salvation He made possible has helped me get through these experiences. Having gospel truths such as this in my life is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to teach my daughter about Heavenly Father and Jesus. I visit other women in my ward throughout the month to share a gospel message and have some time to get to know them and their needs better. Every Sunday I work in the library in our church building. I help people locate pictures, lesson manuals, and other materials they need to teach their classes at church. I also try to live the gospel I know to be true in my day-to-day life.