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Hi I'm Karen!

I am a 5th generation Arizonan. I like to work hard and travel often. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Have you ever played 2 truths and a lie? Here are 3 things about me. 1) I’ve been skydiving, 2) I’ve never tasted sushi and 3) I started playing the violin when I was 3 years old. So, which is the lie? None of them! I love to travel and have been very fortunate to go many places including 48 of the 50 states, Brazil, Mexico and all over Europe. My favorite trip was going to Israel and Egypt with my two grandma’s, my parents, all my brothers and sisters and their spouses and my oldest niece. To walk where Christ walked was truly amazing and made an unbelievable impression on me. I get incredibly sick when I am pregnant but still managed to make it through 4 pregnancies while working in the area of finance and strategy. I have 2 boys and 2 girls that I love so very much. My goal in life is to raise them to be strong, self-sufficient individuals who give back to society by working hard, being good citizens and doing their best to following the perfect example of Jesus Christ. I also want a few grandchildren to spoil! I am married to a firefighter that is an incredible father and husband. Besides a little time spent living in Chicago, I have lived my entire life in the Arizona heat. When I left AZ, I thought I was done with the scalding summers but after a Chicago winter, I decided that the summer heat wasn’t really so bad after all and I’ve been back ever since. Oh, and I love to read and my favorite food is…well, I guess I need to try sushi before I make up my mind on that!

Why I am a Mormon

There are so many different answers to life’s questions coming from so many different faiths. Where did I come from? What am I here for? What is going to happen to me after I die? I came to a point in my life when I needed to find out for myself if the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints were true or not. I needed to stop relying on the good or the bad things that I was told about the faith. I needed to put all of that aside and find out for myself. I needed to know for sure because life is short and if it was indeed true then I couldn’t risk spending another moment not learning more and following the direction it gives my life. Have you ever been so excited about something that you just want to share it with everyone? That’s how I feel about the teachings of Christ – I just want to share the good news with everyone! But I am not well-spoken and I get very nervous talking about something that is so dear to me. In a way, it’s like trying to tell someone how much I love my family. I just get choked up and don’t know how to put it into words. I like to encourage people to put aside the rumors they’ve heard and find out for themselves what Mormon’s really believe. I am Mormon because I found out for myself that it is the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And as I continue to learn and grow, I know with a surety where it was that I came from, why I am here and what life after death has in store for me.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ is what guides me in my actions and gives me vision in my life. Different life situations are put into perspective with this vision. My faith reminds me why I am here, what is really important and what I am trying to accomplish before I die. I am far from perfect but I try to live in a way that my Heavenly Father would be pleased. The organizations of the Church provide me with many opportunities to serve. For most of my adult life, I have been given the chance to volunteer my time to the Primary organization. Currently I get to work with about 70 fantastic children in my congregation. I think they teach me more than I teach them!