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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a wife, a mother of 6, a grandma, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For the last 30 years I have managed a very active home. I have been the teacher, the cook, the seamstress, the doctor, the chauffeur, the employer and cheerleader for 6 creative and determined children; 5 sons and 1 daughter. They are grown now and starting families of their own. Life has changed and my home is quieter but little granddaughters are so sweet! I smile and smile when I see them. I'm interested in gardening. I like to raise a few chickens. I like to sew. I spend some time each spring and fall altering prom dresses for young women I know. I like to go walking. I have a small cleaning business. When my children were young we had financial struggles. My husband and I began cleaning for a few businesses and eventually I took it over with the help of my teenagers. It was a source of income that allowed me to work while still making motherhood my first priority. I was able to schedule my own time and be home with my children when they were coming or going. It also was a great blessing in teaching them to work. I like to say it was our "cow."In past generations milking a cow was work that had to be done whether you wanted to or not. The custodial work we had was like that. The business has ebbed and flowed with our needs over the years. I am spoiled in working for myself. I really love working with art. I like paper mache, and clay. I have fun with quilting and knitting. I love to bake bread, and I find joy in serving in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught the gospel from the time I was an infant. It was a blessing as I grew up to know Where I came from, that there was a God in Heaven who loved me, and that Jesus Christ had made it possible for me to return to my heavenly home. Although I had been taught these truths, when I moved away from home and went to college I had to decide what I wanted in my own life. Nobody was there to say "get up, it's time to go to church." Nobody knew whether or not I was attending church or living the gospel. I remember deciding that I wanted the gospel in my life. That decision has made all the difference . Over the years I have practiced living the gospel; praying daily, studying the scriptures, attending Sacrament meeting each week and trying my best to serve others and obey the commandments of God. As I have done these things I have come to recognize the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I have felt the power of the ordinances of the Gospel in my life. I know that God lives. I know that Jesus Christ is his Son, that He Made that great Atoning Sacrifice so that We can be clean if we will repent. I know also that that through the Atonement, Christ can lift our burdens and we do not need to suffer pain for things we have no control over. I Know our Savior can lift our burdens and change our hearts if we will turn to him. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints is truly the church with Priesthood power and authority restored from God. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to restore the gospel in its purity. I know there is a prophet on the earth today. To me, one of the great evidences of the restoration of the gospel is the Book of Mormon. It teaches powerfully of Jesus Christ. I know it is a true book written by ancient prophets. I am so grateful for the restoration of the gospel. It brings me peace and happiness and direction in a confusing world.

How I live my faith

I have been so blessed and learned so much by many opportunities I have had to serve in the Church. When I was in my early twenties I was asked to teach a class of three year olds on Sunday. I was terrified. I had never taught a class before and I didn't know much about three year old children. I learned to love those children as I taught simple gospel lessons. Over the years I have taught older children, youth and adults. I have learned that I love to teach. I have had the wonderful opportunity to serve in leadership positions with the women, teenage girls and children of our congregations. These opportunities helped me learn to love people as we planned activities and special events, helped families with funeral arrangements, new babies and illnesses, and provided training and support for teachers and class presidents.The two great commandments are to love God with all our hearts and to love one another. The service I have been able to give in the church has helped me practice loving God and loving others. It has enriched my life and made me a better person. I have found that if I will make time to do the Lords work He will always help me- with His work and also with mine.