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Hi I'm Karen

I’m a native Californian. I’m the mother of two grown kids. I work in human resources. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

Although I haven’t led a charmed life, I’ve had a very blessed one. I’ve compiled a list of what I call “everyday miracles”—not a sudden cure to a terminal illness or being lifted out of a burning building by an unseen angel. My miracles include fighting the Internal Revenue Service and winning, passing an algebra course when I hadn’t taken a math class in 25 years, working for a landscape company who fixed my water main when tree roots took over, and moving across country with no job and no place to live, to name just a few. As I keep adding to the list, I see the hand of God in all these blessings. I’ve been an avid walker for more than 15 years. I enjoy being out of doors and taking in the beautiful sunrises, mountains, beaches, waterfalls, and even deserts created for us to appreciate and enjoy. My most favorite spot is Yosemite National Park—every time I visit I’m in awe of its majestic splendor. I often joke that I do a lot of things a little bit. My parents gave me the opportunity to learn many of the performing arts (music, dance, theatre) and I still enjoy tap dancing weekly at the local community college. I also like to go to Broadway musicals when they come through town and appreciate seeing others showcase their talents. I also enjoy cooking, especially baking, and share goodies with my coworkers on a regular basis.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in a Mormon family, each person at some point has to decide if he or she believes the doctrines and is committed to living gospel principles. As long as I can remember, I had faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and accepted the Book of Mormon as the word of God and Joseph Smith as his first prophet of the restored gospel. Even as trials have come my way and I might question why I’m still here, I always come back to these basic things I feel in my heart. My church “family” has been a great support through the years as I’ve raised my children as a single mother with no family in the state where I live. They have helped me with moving, child care, home repairs, car problems, Boy Scouting, job hunting, emotional needs and shown a host of other kindnesses. I have full confidence that if I asked for help, not just one but many would answer the call.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the women’s organization secretary. I work closely with three other women who are great examples of women of faith. Together we plan activities that can help the other women feel a sense of belonging and give them opportunities to serve each other and the community, learn valuable life skills and increase their commitment to living a righteous life. I am committed to attending church every week, doing my duty in the church, paying my tithes and offerings, and trying to follow the example of the Savior. Even though I often fall short, every day is a new opportunity to improve myself and try to do better.