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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a Mormon. I'm a mom and grandmother. My background is computer science but now I'm hobby farmer and orchardist.

About Me

I'm a convert of over 40 years. I was baptized in 1965 in Adrian, Michigan. I discovered the church while on my high school senior trip to the New York World's Fair. I visited the church pavilion because I was cold and wet. I signed up for the missionaries to come visit me and they did. I've never looked back. Currently I'm the proud mother of two daughters, two of the best sons-in-law in the country and grandmother to eight wonderful, talented grandchildren. All of them are active in the church. I love to grow things, especially old varieties of vegetables. My garden always over produces and I love to give my excess to friends, neighbors, or anyone else that wants or needs fresh food. I am a trained computer programmer as well as a trained teacher. I love working on the computer and I love teaching. My favorite groups to teach are young children. They don't talk much but they learn just by being with you. It is a joy to watch them and I never tire of it.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church because I found peace and joy in being around the people in the little branch where I joined the church. Since that time I have come to love the gospel and all of its teachings. I particularly love the concept of being with my husband and my children and grandchildren for all eternity. To be without my extended family would be unthinkable to me. I have felt the spirit in my life in so many ways - a gentle nudge here, a voice of warning there, and comfort when my father and later my brother died. I cannot conceive of life without modern revelation to help us get through these difficult times. The church is true and I know it with every fiber of my being.

How I live my faith

I have served in the church almost from the time I was baptized. Currently I'm working with our Young Women's organization (girls 12 - 18 years of age). It is challenging, especially since it requires so much preparation to be able to help these girls learn to become the leaders of tomorrow. In the past I have been a Nursery leader ( 18 months - 3 years old) and I loved every minute of it! I have also taught the 3 year old children for a number of years and I loved that too. At home I am a fanatic about food storage. I am also a fanatic about growing and canning my own food. I want to know what I am eating so I make sure that I grow what I like and then I preserve it. Food storage has been a tenet of the church for as long as I can remember and it is one that I take very seriously. I also make quilts and donate them to the local women's shelter or to the local facility for helping the homeless. The most important thing that I have done is raise my children to be strong members of the church. They serve faithfully and they are raising their children to be strong members also. Both of my children have worked in community efforts in their respective communities.