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Hi I'm Karen

I am a retired school teacher and have been a Mormon for about 22 years. I love to garden, read, and do needlework.

About Me

I am a mother of six, grandmother of 16, and great-grandmother of six. I love to can food, bake, garden, sew, do needlecrafts, and read. I am a retired school teacher and I have worked with kids all my life. I especially love teenagers! They are smart, witty, and keep me young. I have worked in many Church callings and have loved all of them. I sing in the choir, but I am not an especially good singer, but I love music. I searched for the truth for about 30 years, from 13 years old until I found the Church. After I found the Church all my questions were answered and I have had no need to search further. I am a widow and have found that as I age I am busier than when I had small children and worked. No rocking chair for me. Although I have had to slow down as I have rheumatoid arthritis, but I still do most of what I want to do. I am a happy person and love to be with family and friends as much as possible. But all my friends are just as busy as I, so we don't get to spend as much time together as we would like to. And my children are busy with their lives and families, so we don't get to spend a lot of time together either. Two of my six children are also members of the Church and I pray that I will live long enough to see more of them as members.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in a class to become a member of another Christian church (at age 13), I found certain passages that made me question the minister. If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever why are their no longer prophets on the earth? If all revelation is closed, why should I pray for answers if their are no more revelations? I mean if we receive an answer to our prayers isn't that personal revelation? What does it mean in Corinthians when it asks "if the dead rise not at all, why then are we baptized for the dead?" These and other questions troubled me. The minister could not give me an answer to any of them. While my parents forced me to continue to attend this church, I made up my mind that I would search for the truth as an adult. For me the quest lasted 30+ years. I joined many Christian churches, but after a couple of years, my questions would surface again and I would begin my search again. At this point, I was a divorced mother with a teenager still at home. She set me up to meet the father of the young man she was dating who just happened to be a Mormon. As we came to know each other, he began to tell me of the Church and its beliefs. We were married several months later, and I agreed to take the missionary discussions, although I was already converted to the Church. My questions were all answered and I found a testimony of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel. I do know that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know we have a living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. I know the Book of Mormon is a true testiment of Jesus Christ and was written for our time to help us throught these last days. I am blessed to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and my search for truth is ended. Although I am still learning what it means to become like Christ. I am thankful that I met my husband and he led me to the true Church.

How I live my faith

I try every day to become more like Jesus. I try my best to follow the counsel of the leaders of the Church. I sing in the choir, substitute teach in the Sunday School and in the women's program. I have taught early morning Seminary classes to high schoolers. I have also taught the class for investigators and new members of the Church. I am also involved in the family history program and genealogy work for members and non-members alike. I love family history. I am not an expert, but I do love the research and finding out about family that lived long ago. I also work in the Temple. I love being in the Temple and meeting the wonderful people who come to the Temple. I am also involved in the 9/12 organization in our county. I try to stay involved with what is going on in my county, state, nation, and world. The gospel teaches us to be life-long learners and I try to do that.