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Hi I'm Karen

I grew up in Arizona. I am married to a wonderful man from Wyoming. We have two beautiful daughters, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, and a mother. My husband and I were married 10 1/2 years before we were able to get pregnant with our first child. It was really difficult. We really wanted to have a family. After many prayers, I was finally able to become pregnant, and now we have two daughters. They bring us so much joy! Sometimes they are typical teenagers, but we have a lot of fun with them. I enjoy card-making, family history, working part-time for our local school district, and being with my family. I love to read, bake, and go for long walks with my husband.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 5 years old. The missionaries taught her the Gospel. I was baptized when I was 9 years old. My biological father belonged to the Baptist church. He was not happy with my decision to become a member of the LDS faith. So, I attend his church when I visited him in the summer. As I grew older, into my teenage years, I began to see a real difference in the standards and teachings that the LDS church taught me. I read the Book of Mormon, and attended Seminary class each morning. The Gospel gave me an anchor and strength in my life that I really needed during my teenage years. I know that Heavenly Father loved me and was guiding me in the right direction. When I chose a husband, I wanted someone who shared my same beliefs and faith. I felt it was important for us to raise our children with common understanding. I have felt the Lord's guidance many times in my life. I know he watched over me and helped me find truth. I love Him, and His son Jesus Christ. I know they live, and are deeply concerned for each person on this earth. We are all very important to them. I know that if we want to know truth, we can find it, because I did.

How I live my faith

I love serving in the Church. I teach the cutest class of 5-6 year olds that ever lived!! They are so fun! There are 9 of them. I have taught them for 3 years, since they were 3. We talk about prayer, and reading the scriptures. We talk about loving Jesus, and learning to serve others like He did. I have also served in other areas at church. I helped the ladies of our church by serving as the President of our women's organization, called Relief Society, for 3 years. That was fun too! It was hard sometimes, and a lot of work, but everyone helped out a lot and it made my job easier. In my community, we have a Family History Library. I volunteer there every Tuesday. I really enjoy genealogy. It has helped me feel more linked to my ancestors, and thus to better understand who I am. It helps remind me that family can be together forever. I recently found out that one of my ancestor's was a patriot in the Revolutionary War. It has been exciting to learn more about him. I also created a collage of pictures on a wall in my home with 4 generations of my grandparents, and my husband's grandparents. I love talking about them when we have visitors in our home. It also helps our children know about those who sacrificed for them. I think it is important to give service to others. This is something that I've also tried to teach my daughters. Serving others brings us joy and happiness. It helps us feel peace within our heart, when we try to help someone else. Then we are less self-focused, and we feel happier and have more energy. I have always felt like I have been given a lot, so it is my responsiblity to help and give to others.