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Hi I'm Karena

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and mother of 5 active kids. I'm also everyone else's mum, grandma and auntie or generally the shoulder to cry on. I love to play basketball, volleyball and swimming (or in my case, sinking in water).

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in family where only one parent followed the teachings of Jesus Christ, it was often a tug of war between my parents about what we were allowed and not allowed to do. It wasn't unusual for the kids in our family to be taken out by dad on a Sunday over mum's protests. As a teenager, it was fun to go out with dad instead of going to church. One day however, it hit hard that the kind of life I was living did not provide the happiness that I expected. In fact, I was miserable. That is when I began to understand the things my mother tried to teach me which was that my Father in Heaven loves me and that He provided a way for me to be happy if I would but follow His way. When I tried following in Jesus Christ's footsteps, I changed. My whole perspective changed. I knew then that my Heavenly Father really DID love me. I was not just fleetingly happy, I was happy within myself ALWAYS. That is why I have chosen to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Regardless of the difficulties that I have in my life, I always have a feeling of peace and comfort from knowing that my Heavenly Father loves me.

How I live my faith

Most of my service within my ward/congregation has been to work with the children and youth. This was great as I love being with the little ones. While I am supposed to be teaching them, they teach me many things also. I have also enjoyed sharing my love of basketball by helping to organise competitions or teach skills. I volunteer to help children develop reading skills. Mmmmmm.......I guess I like working with children.