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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a wife, a mother of four, a grandma and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Wyoming, the seventh of eleven children. I met my husband at college in Utah and we moved to Georgia after he graduated. We have four children and three grandchildren. I love to read, work in my garden and play the piano. My husband and I have dedicated our lives to our family and our Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by wonderful parents who set the example for me of Christ like service and love. They helped me to gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Christ at a young age. I have seen the blessings of the gospel in every aspect of my life. It gives me direction and answers in a confusing world. I love the Lord Jesus Christ and am so grateful for all that He has sacrificed for me. I am a member of His Church because I want to serve Him and show that gratitude that I feel for Him everyday.

How I live my faith

Being a member of this Church involves service. Christ taught that "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matt. 25:40) I have been given many opportunities throughout my life to serve other members around the world through humanitarian aid, members in my own area through church responsibilities and people in the community through service projects. I have had the opportunity for many years to teach high school age young men and women in a seminary or "scripture study" class that met at my house every morning before school. It was a wonderful experience to study the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets with them every day. As my children were growing up, I was very involved in volunteering at their schools as "Room Mom", chaperoning trips, and helping with the Band and Chorus programs in their High School. Right now I am serving with my husband as a Church Service Missionary through LDS Family Services. We are Addiction Recovery Group leaders. It has been a very fulfilling and spiritually uplifting opportunity for us to work with those that are striving to improve their lives and overcome addiction.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

I have had many opportunities as a woman to lead in the Church from being President of our local Primary organization (which is for children age 18 months to 12 years), to teaching youth ages 14 to 18 in a early morning "bible study" or seminary, to working with the youth on a Stake level (which includes several congregations) planning and organizing events, to being President of our "local chapter" of our women's organization or Relief Society. In serving in these many organizations, I have learned so much and have grown as a woman and a daughter of God and have gained talents and abilities that I never would have had otherwise. The Lord's kingdom is all inclusive. We each have been given our gifts and talents, no one is exactly the same whether male or female and the Lord asks us to use the talents and gifts given us in building His kingdom on the earth. Show more Show less