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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a Mormon. I am a mother of seven children who have all grown up now. I have 11 grandchildren and one more on the way.

About Me

I grew up in Kentucky, we moved to Ohio in my senior year of high school. I graduated with a degree in elementary education, got married, never formally taught in elementary school, but used my educational skills to raise 7 of the most wonderful children I could ever have imagined. These children have now blessed my life with 11 amazing grandchildren, one more on the way. I love to read, I am a news junkie and am worried about our country's future, I travel extensively, and do genealogy when I can. I compiled a book on the descendants of my ggreat-grandfather. That took 20 years of my spare time. My motto was "Today's information becomes tomorrow's history."

Why I am a Mormon

My experience growing up in Kentucky is where my testimony of the LDS church began. Our family was the only LDS family in the town where we lived. We had no church to attend so began attending the Baptist church. My brother joined the baptist church at age 12. My mom decided she needed to know if the LDS church was true. She began her fervent study and prayer about the Bible along with the Book of Mormon. Her example had a profound affect on me as a young girl. We faced ridicule and some hostility because we were "mormons". When I was 14, I went to a LDS youth conference in a town 3 hours away from our home. I had a wonderful time and I realized as testimonies were shared among the youth, that I too knew the Book of Mormon was the word of God and another scriptural witness that Jesus is the Christ. My testimony has never faltered since. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It brings to my life great confidence in my belief structure, unending joy and sweet peace.

How I live my faith

My teenage daughter once asked me how I determined the rules and standards that we were expected to live by. The answer was easy. I base the standards of my life according to the living scriptures. I serve in the church by accepting all callings, whether it be with the women, the youth, or the children's organizations. These experiences have given me opportunities to grow spiritually and to develop a sincere love for all of God's children. I endeavor not to judge anyone, but to accept them as they are, looking for their good traits and being blind to their faults. The following poem is an inspiration to me: Oh, the comfort -- the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person -- having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away." My faith is what sustains me in good times and in challenging times.

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