What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Karen

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in California, but met my Samoan husband in college and have spent half my life living in the islands.

About Me

My 7 children and husband were at my college graduation from BYU Hawaii. I majored in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. I used my degrees to teach and then opened my own infant/toddler and child development centers in Arizona, Hawaii and American Samoa. At my center in Waikiki, I was able to provide a training program for the City of Honolulu. I have also spent the past year as a child care consultant for the government in American Samoa where I was able to set up model child care centers and provide training for child care providers of 40 centers. A year ago, I organized parents into a group to establish a private elementary school in American Samoa. In August 2011, we began our 2nd year, educating children from 2 years of age up through 8th grade. Our school has a total of 70 children. My greatest joy in early childhood education is setting up programs for my own grandchildren. I even had a princess preschool for my young granddaughters.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother converted after marrying my inactive father. With her strong testimony, he came back to church and raised us in the church. So I have always believed it was true. As an adult, I took Moroni's challenge to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it, whether it was true or not. All the time I was reading, I had a strong feeling that it was true. But I went ahead and prayed. As I did, a voice said to me, "You know it's true. Why do you ask?" That was my answer! The gospel has provided a road map to steer me through the obstacles of this life. It brings such a comfort and peace to me. I know who I am, that the Lord loves me, that I will be with the family I love so much forever, and that there is even greater life after this one. That gives me great hope and fills me with love and inner peace. I love life and I love the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith my helping my children and grandchildren be productive and service-oriented members of their community. They love to give service to their neighbors and try to be tolerant of everyone. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I want to spend my time with my family, and I want them to have a link with their ancestors. I have written books about my mother's family, my father's family and my husband's family. These will help future generations appreciate the lives and trials of those who have gone before them. My husband and I have served missions and have worked in the temples to bring the gospel to many others so they can have the same blessings we have.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

It is such a blessing and a responsibility to be baptized. My son-in-law wanted to become a member of the church for several years, but it wasn't as easy as becoming a member of another church. It took a total commitment. It meant changing some of his life styles. But he continued to attend church each week and could see and feel the joy of the members. He also wanted his family relationship to continue on beyond this life. So this past summer, he did it! Another son-in-law baptized him, and he has been glowing and so genuinely happy since that day. He is eager to participate fully in everything the church has to offer. And we are all looking for the day that his family will be sealed beyond this life. Show more Show less