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Hi I'm Karen

I am a wife and mother. I love to spend time with my family. I teach a classroom full of spunky 2nd graders, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Arizona almost all of my life and consider myself a bona fide desert rat because of my love of the beautiful Sonoran Desert with its amazing flora and fauna. When I can find the time, I love to visit the zoo, aquarium, botanical garden and just to spend renewing time in nature. I also like to read and I enjoy fine arts. I served a mission in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and enjoy practicing Spanish with whomever has the patience to listen to me. The thing I love most is spending time with my family doing anything at all--watching karate, violin concerts, archery practice, airsoft wars, art/jewelry shows and baseball, oh and collecting lots of rocks. I've even been known to go hunting a time or two with the avid hunters in my family. I am a busy wife and mother--busy being the key word. Since I also teach school, I find it hard to balance everything at times, and I have to have faith that my best is good enough.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all of my life. I can't really recall a specific moment when I suddenly had a testimony of the truthfulness of Christ's life and His teachings. My faith just started small when I was a child and has grown throughout my life. I remember in high school learning a scripture that had a big impact on me. It is found in the New Testament in John 7:17, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." I like this scripture because it is a call to action with a promise attached. I sometimes call it the 'try it, you'll like it' scripture. So, if I want to know if a commandment is from God, I live that commandment and see how I feel about it. I ask myself if I feel the Spirit when I am living that commandment. I have found that when I follow the commandments of God, I always feel better, more confident, happier, closer to and more tolerant of people around me, and more prepared to meet God face to face to account for my life on this earth. Also, my faith carried me through difficult times in my life. When hard times have come to my family, including myself, my husband, my children and also my wonderful extended family, it is my faith in the healing power of Jesus Christ that has buoyed me up. I know that we have a Father in Heaven who knows and loves each one of us no matter what our circumstance and that it is His intent to bring us to back to a Heavenly Home with Him. I know that Jesus Christ suffered for our sins to meet the demands of justice and extends His mercy to us, because I have felt His healing power. I know that God has provided a prophet for our time who lives today and anyone who listens to him can gain his or her own confirmation of his calling as prophet. I know that the Bible and Book of Mormon are true and have been written to give us instruction that will make our lives happier.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith begins with many small things like studying the scriptures and the teachings of living prophets alone and with my family and praying alone and together with my family. Family life isn't always easy, and It is amazing the spirit that comes into my home when we study the gospel and kneel together to pray. I have the opportunity to serve in our congregation as a leader of the women's organization. As there is no paid clergy, this responsibility lies with individuals who volunteer their time, energy, knowledge, means, and enthusiasm and it rotates throughout the congregation. This gives me a chance to meet the women in our congregation and help coordinate efforts to serve those who are in need during times of illness, childbirth, financial distress, discouragement, etc. Because it is really too big a job for the 5-member presidency to be aware of all the the needs of the organization, women are assigned in pairs to visit a few women each month to give a short spiritual message and determine if their are needs that could be met by the group. I LOVE this idea of visiting the women one at a time, because I believe that is what Christ did when he was on earth--minister to individuals. What a great way for us to learn to be Christ-like. We also rotate teaching assignments throughout the congregation. I know I have been blessed beyond compare as I have served as a teacher of adults and youth, a leader of the children's organization, and in many other positions such as music, helping with funerals, taking meals to those in need and visiting shut-ins. I believe I often receive more of a blessing by serving than those whom I serve--that is the miracle of service.