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Hi I'm Karen

I've lived all over Canada, I'm a singer, a mom and a grandma and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom of 6 and a grandma of almost 7 at this point and I've been married for close to 30 years. Our family is big and we are loud! But we love each other and are close, which was always really important to me. A good thing too since 4 of my 6 children live so far away! My husband and I are artistic people and so are all our kids. I have always loved to sing and started at the age of 8 in festivals and things. I never became famous but I've learned a lot. I even wrote a lullaby CD for a friend of mine. I love reading mystery and spy novels. I grew up in a small rural community and worked with my dad outside and I still love the outdoors and growing things. I'm very organized, I love people and have learned a lot watching and listening to others. It's helped me learn about myself and in turn I have been able to help others. I really enjoy hiking and swimming and working out, although I haven't been able to do a lot of that in the past number of years. I've had to work the past few years to help my husband get through a new degree and start a new career, but I want to get into community musical theatre and work to be a work out trainer for people who have never stepped into a gym. I still may want to be a doula as well. I have so much more that I want to do that I'm excited to get on with things!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a small town in southern Alberta and I was raised in this church. But there have been a number of times I really questioned and wondered if what I was doing was right. There were times that I made mistakes and thought that if I stopped living like a mormon that I could do more of what I thought I wanted to do. But I could never really get involved in anything because I always had this feeling that what I knew made sense. Many times, while raising my children, they would ask really deep questions and I'd realize that if I didn't know or wasn't living the gospel, I would never be able to answer them. In turn that always made me realize what I know about where I came frome, where I was going and why I was here, made me relaxed and comfortable and gave me a reason to go through all the things I have and still am going through. I have had many strong and deep spiritual feelings that, because of my faith, I know come from the Holy spirit, that have made me almost cry with joy because it attests of the truth of what I know on occasions that I am really contemplating or pondering the gospel. I have seen people completely change for the better because of the gospel and I have watched my kids, in turn, go through struggles and trials but on their own come back into the gospel because they feel the truth and the goodness and the peace it brings and they want their kids raised to know all that they know. I have read a lot of the bible, the book of mormon and I know they are true because I felt it. There is no denying the power that I feel when I read those books. Being a mormon has made me a much better person than I could have been on my own because I am trying to live up to Christs potential of doing what I can in this life to be like him. There's a lot of work to do and I (and all of us) won't be able to do it all here because I'm just human, but I can certainly learn as much as I can now to take with me when I pass on to the spirit world.

How I live my faith

Well, since I have gotten married I've done a whole host of things. I've been in charge of the activities and dinners for a couple of years for our whole congregation (we call them wards). I have been in charge of the primary kids (ages 1 1/2-11) and all their teachers and activities. I've been in charge of the young women organization (ages 12-18) and all their teachers and activities. I've been a sunday school teacher of different ages of teenagers. I have been an early morning teacher for the 14-18 year old kids. I sing in the choir and have conducted the choir. I've been a chorister in the primary teachign them the music. I am and have been a visiting teacher, which is where the women are paired up and we are to go visit a 2 or 3 women assigned to us each month. We are to get to know them and make sure they are doing all right and help if they are not. My favorite job in the church is with the youth. I love them and find them a lot of fun to teach and get to know and they become like my kids in my mind. It's so much fun when you get to know them and they come up to you in a store or on the street to say hi. Right now I am teaching the adult sunday school. I find being busy in the ward is the best thing to do if you are trying to learn more about the gospel. Sometimes you learn even more than the people you are teaching or are over! I have learned so many skills in my different jobs or as we call them, callings. These callings are given to us by our Bishop who has prayed with his counsellors to ask the Lord who should be put there and wait for the inspiration to know. It's great that even the Bishop is placed in his calling the same way. I have been able to get more specialized jobs without ever having gone to university just because of the skills I learned at church.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Karen
There are blessings you don't even realize that come from reading the scriptures. I have learned answers to problems with my children, I find each day that I read scriptures I am more peaceful and able to deal so much better with lifes problems. I find joy in each of my days and as really hard things come up and even if they last for weeks, I can deal with them better and I have more understanding as to why going through them is necessary. As I read, I received such strong feelings from the Holy Ghost that they are true and those feelings have led me to want to help others feel the same. Show more Show less