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Hi I'm Karen

I grew up in Massachusetts, the Marshall Islands and Wisconsin. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to scuba dive, travel to new places and learn about different cultures. I love to help other people and have helped build a school in Nepal, taught disabled children to swim and have been a Spanish language translator for a free clinic. I enjoy crocheting, quilting, painting and photography. As a Speech Language Pathologist I work with stroke survivors and love to see them improve their communication and other abilities. I am a sister, daughter, aunt and friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon church. As a child, growing up in Massachusetts I was asked many questions about my beliefs and religion. I gained a strong belief and testimony in the gospel of Jesus Christ by finding answers to these questions through discussion with my parents, church leaders and personal prayer and scripture study. I served a mission in Colombia and witnessed how the gospel of Jesus Christ can influence the lives of others for good. My faith teaches me that I am a daughter of God and have unlimited potential. My belief in God and His Son Jesus Christ has helped me through difficult times of death, job loss and life challenges. My faith in God and his love for me, as His daughter gives me increased confidence to face daily challenges with an "I can" attitude.

How I live my faith

I have served in the women's organization and planned monthly activities to increase our knowledge of Christ and to help us learn new skills. I currently volunteer with the children's group in my congregation. I love seeing the light of Christ in a child's eye's when he/she sings "I am a child of God", or "Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam". I love to see the children reach out to another child who is lonely, and to see them help each other is the most simple ways such as giving a smile to another child. I have made close and enduring friendships through this service.

What is being a Mormon like?

I live my life much the same way others do. I work, go to the gym, watch movies and spend time with friends. My experiences have taught me that following the commandments and counsel of Jesus Christ and his apostles will keep me free to choose what I want to do and become. By following Christ's teachings I find personal joy and satisfaction in my life. I may be a bit different because i don't drink alcohol, smoke or swear, but these things do not define who I am or stop me from having fun in life. Being a Mormon is a lifestyle because you live the examples in the scriptures each day. It's not just about going to church on Sunday. Being a Mormon means following Christ's teachings every day in all I do and say. It's about reading the scriptures and learning from them how to improve my daily life so that I can be a better person. I love the happiness and joy that comes with following Christ's teachings each day. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

I believe the Bible is the word of God. As a church, we accept the King James translation of the Bible as the most accurate. I read the Bible regularly and learn from it's teachings. We study the Bible in our church services and refer to it regularly. Some think we do not believe in the Bible because we also believe in other scriptures: The Book of Mormon compliments the Bible and is the word of God as it was taught in the American continent. The teachings in the Book of Mormon support those in the Bible. We also believe in other scriptures in addition to the Bible and Book of Mormon. These scriptures are the Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrine and Covenants. These 2 scriptures are modern revelations given to Joseph Smith and others during the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in these last days. Each of these 4 scriptures compliment the other and allow for a greater understanding of Christ and His teachings. They are also evidence that God still speaks to his children today. I have read each of these books of scripture and have prayed to know if they are each individually the word of God. I received an answer of "yes" with a peaceful feeling in my heart and mind. Show more Show less