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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised on a Farm in Minnesota and loved every minute of it. I was raised a Lutheran and my family attended church every Sunday. After I graduated from High School I attended college and graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Nursing. I worked as an RN at a couple of hospitals and then moved to the Phoenix, Arizona area where I have been working at a Hospital in Mesa, Arizona for over 23 years. After I moved to Arizona I met my husband and we were married in a small wedding chapel. 9 months after we were married our first daughter was born. A year and a half later I joined the Mormon Church and my life has become so much more fulfulled. 2 1/2 years later our second daughter was born. Now my oldest daughter is married and my other daughter is graduating from High school. One of the highlights of motherhood was when my daughter was married in the Mormon Temple. I am still currently working as an RN Clinical Educator. I love my job and love to teach and help people. I also love to exercise, cook, go for walks and go on family vacations.

Why I am a Mormon

When our first child was about 1 ½ years old I told my husband that we should really start going to church because I wanted our daughter to have religion in her life. He turned to me and said, “If were going to go to church there’s only one true church and that is the Mormon church.” This caught me a little off guard since he never talked about church and never went to church. You see he had been raised Mormon but was inactive. Anyway, I agreed to go to the Mormon Church and it was quite different than what I was used to. The Missionaries started coming to teach me the lessons and to be honest with you, I started taking the lessons just to please my husband. I really didn’t think I would be interested in the Mormon Church. I did what the Missionaries told me to do and started to read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. Each time they came, they asked me if I was ready to get Baptized and I said “No.” I really didn’t feel that enthused about the church because I was worried about what my parents might think. After a couple more lessons I had an overwhelming feeling of the Spirit and couldn’t deny the truthfulness of the Gospel. I was Baptized shortly after that. A few weeks later we moved to Minnesota so we could be closer to my family. All was good except when my parents found out I was Baptized they weren’t very happy. In the beginning there was a lot of tension between them and us regarding the church. We moved back to Arizona a few months later. Over the years my parent’s attitude toward the church has changed quite a bit and to this day, when they stay with us, they participate in Family Home Evening and Family Prayer. We have taken them to the Visitors Center to see the Christmas lights several times when they have been here over the holidays, They don’t believe in our Church but they see how it has changed our lives for the good and see what good values and morals we have and they accept us for that.

How I live my faith

My family and I attend church every Sunday and I have served in many capacities in the church. I have been a leader over the Young Women, a Primary teacher and leader, a Sunday School teacher, a Leader and teacher over the women and am now the Primary Pianist. Some of my fondest memories have been when I have served as the Camp Nurse for our Girls Camp. I have such a strong testimony of this church and don’t know where I would be today without it. I have felt such great love and fellowship from the Ward members in all of the wards I have been in and I know I will always have people I can count on in the Church no matter what happens. I love the Church and I have loved all of the callings I have had the opportunity to serve in. I know that this church is true and that the Holy Spirit will always be there for me and that I can call upon him anytime I need him. I will be eternally grateful for my husband for bringing me into the church.