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Hi I'm Karen

I grew up in Southern California and loved living there. The weather was great and we weren't far from the ocean and mountains.

About Me

I grew up in a family with one brother and one sister. I was the youngest. My mother was the first member of her family that graduated from high school. She was the 6th child in eleven. My father was the first to go to college and he went from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA to Washington D.C. He graduated as a CPA, accountant. My father died when I was six, so humble circumstances were thrust onto me at a young age. My mother worked very hard to take care of us. We had a nice house that my parents had built and my father had paid for so we would have a home. I was able to attend college, Brigham Young University, and got a degree in Elementary Education. I taught 2 years in CA and 5 years in AZ I am married and have 5 children and 13 grandchildren. We enjoy our family very much. I enjoy traveling and we have now been to 50 of the 50 states. The last was Alaska and it was extremely beautiful along with so many other states. All unique, just like people. My children and grandchildren are unique and I love everyone of them. I have had some health issues and a few surgeries in the last six years. This has caused me to appreciate life and the incredible people who have helped me. I would now like to add more countries to my travelog. I have been to Canada, Mexico, England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy and I enjoyed them all.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I am a Mormon, I have been blessed with the knowledge of Jesus Christ and His purpose on earth and how it relates to everyone, but especially me. The Savior did not need to go through the atoning sacrifice that he suffered, but he chose to do this for me and everyone else on earth because he loved us so much. If he is willing to do this out of love, then I have the responsibility to do all that I can to repay him by following his example such as loving others, serving and sacrificing myself in time, service and love. What an example he gave us to follow. I love Jesus for what he taught me and for his love for me. I know he will bless me in all things if I will just keep all of his commandments. We are responsible for taking car of ourselves and all members of our family. The LDS Church has helped so many people in the world after catastrophes, hunger, and different handicaps. I am so grateful to belong to a church that shows all of us to think of others rather than ourselves. It is hard in this selfish world of greed and power, but with so many others trying to do what is right, it helps me to want to do better every day. I love our prophet and know that he is a guide that bridges us between Jesus Christ and this latter day. I want to live according the life of Jesus because if I am faithful, I will be able to return to live with him and our Heavenly Father when I leave this earth and that is why I want to keep the commandments in this latter day. I know that my Redemmer lives.

How I live my faith

I have two jobs in the church right now. One is learning and working on Family History. The more I learn, the more I know I don't know. This isn't helpful when I am trying to be a teacher to others who don't know anything. The other is working on a committee to plan activities for the Women's Organization. All efforts help me to get to know other people better and to know of their needs and concerns. I also visit 3 other women, monthly, to check on their needs or to just visit and build a rapport. This can be a most enjoyable time. Over the many years I have had many opportunities to serve. I have worked with the Adult women, the teenage girls and the elementary children to teach. I have been on a mission to Arkansas with my husband. We served in the office and worked with the Mission President, other adult couples, the young missionaries, and members in the area. It was a most enjoyable experience.