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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a retired administrative assistant, married for 45 years. We have 6 children and 18 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My childhood was diferent than most children rasied in the fifties. My father worked for the government, so by the time I was high school age I had lived on both coasts and in Canada & Alaska. Theexperiences I enjoyed as a child have been a great blessing in my life. I met people of many different cultures and beliefs, and learned to appreciate the things they contributed to my life. It also helped me as I grew older to be more tolerant of others and enjoy learning from them. For nine years I worked as an adminstrative assistant on a Therapeutic Community in a prison. I have learned many things from this experience, such as gaining knowledge that the Lord loves all of us no matter what we have done, and He wants us to come back to Him. Since my retirement, my husband and I have spent a lot of time traveling, meeting new people and seeing new places. Our greatest joy is in spending time with our children and grandchildren, and we spend as much time as we can doing that, which entails more travel, since none of them live around us. We find great joy in our posterity! I love to scrapbook our trips and vacations, make cards, go camping, swim, travel, read (a lot!), play golf, and am learning to oil paint. I love to learn new things and have new experiences. I love doing things with my husband, we are good friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a 7th generation Mormon, my ancestors joined the Church in its early days and migrated West with the rest of the pioneers. Some of them were sent to settle Southern Utah, and many of my family stories center around Zion National Park. In spite of my heritage, I had to learn for myself that the Church is true. Being born in the Church does not automatically bless you with a testimony, and in my case, it was a gradual realization that the things taught to me by my parents were principles that I wanted to live my life by, and I wanted my family to be mine forever. The promise of eternal companionship with my husband and having our children and grandchildren forever brings me great joy. The Gospel makes sense! There is nothing in the teachings of the Church that contradicts the message of the Bible, it just expands on it and makes things more clear. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and hope to live worthy to see my Savior some day.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ isn't a Sunday only religion, it's a way of life. Therefore, in order to live it fully, I try to do the things that would bring Him closer to me. I have spent many years teaching in the Church, both youth and adults, and also have served in leadership positions. At present my husband and I are serving as missionaries in our local area. It is our privilege to bring the gospel back into the lives of those who may have lost their testimonies, or just fallen away. I enjoy visiting with members of the Church and also with members of our community. We live in a small area where there is not much understanding of the Church and what we believe, so when we have the opportunity to share our beliefs, we try to take advantage of it. In my time working with inmates I tried very hard to show those men an example of living a good life, and to be an example to them of the happiness that can be found by following our Savior. I love being with my grandchildren and pray to be an example to them also.