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Hi I'm Karen:)

Racine, Wisconsin is the town where I grew up. Now I'm a wife and grandmother living in Washington state.

About Me

After my husband and I raised our 5 children, our grandchildren have become one of the greatest joys in my life. Their energy for life is invigorating and the tender moments that we share warm my heart. Because of the love that I have for music, I'm taking piano lessons hoping to expand my talents in this area. It has been challenging, but it also has been a great adventure to study music on a whole different level. In my spare time, I enjoy reading a good book, helping out a neighbor or friend, exercising down at the gym or hiking in the beautiful wooded areas of Washington State.

Why I am a Mormon

Since I was a young girl, I've felt a special love and deep appreciation for our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am humbled by the sacrfice that he made for us all. I've been a member of the church all my life and as an adult I have prayed to know for myself, if this is Christ's church upon the earth today. So many times I have felt the sweetness of the Holy Spirit witness to me that I am in the place that our Heavenly Father would have me be, doing the things that He would have me do. My mother died when I was 17 years old and it was a very difficult time for me to get through my last year in high school. Church members were very helpful and supportive as our family struggled with her passing. When I sincerely turned my heart to God, He was there to help me through. At the time, my Bishop was also helpful, patient, and loving in his counsel. Because I have the knowledge of our Heavenly Father's plan as outlined in the teachings of the Book of Mormon, I know that I'll see my mother again one day. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives me guidance, hope, and comfort.

How I live my faith

Whenever possible, I serve in my church and community. Serving is what Jesus Christ did throughout His ministry on the earth and he set the example for us to follow. I don't know a better way to live my faith than by giving loving service to those around me. In the church I currently serve the youth by helping them organize fun and enriching activites for them to participate in. An example of one memorable activity is when we prepared gifts to drop off to elderly women in our area, and we called them our "Secret Grandmothers". The activity lasted a month and at the end we invited them to come to the church for a special tea party with their "secret granddaughters". Nothing is sweeter than the satisfaction of giving loving service.