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Hi I'm Karen

I am a daughter, sister, mother and grandma. I sing, quilt, craft and work. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah and come from wonderful parents who taught me precious truths. Music was a huge part of my life and I spent many hours practicing and teaching the piano. I continue with this tradition by singing with a choir here in Southern California. I learned how to can fruits and vegetables with my mother and found great satisfaction in having food put away for the winter. Obviously, my parent taught me how to identify with the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper. They taught me the value of work and honesty. My greatest happiness came when I became a mother. It has been my favorite job and continues to be. My children are amazing and I love them all so very much! They have truly been a blessing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church but had to find my own testimony of the gospel. That happened in high school when I was struggling to fit in and be part of something. I still don't know what that something was I felt I needed. I even told my parents I was going to go to different churches. When my dad said he would take me to any church I wanted I realized that they would do anything for me. If I was that important to them then perhaps I should be a better daughter. I decided to really decide what was important in my life and came to the conclusion that I didn't like the person I was becoming and that I did have a testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Once I made that shift I have continued forward. This gospel and my testimony have helped me through countless challenges. I have many sweet and cherished moments where I have been blessed to know of life and family connections beyond our earthly existence. It has been witnessed to me that Joseph Smith did receive a vision of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ and that he did translate the Book of Mormon through divine guidance and inspiration. I know that I am a Daughter of my Heavenly Father and that he loves me. This knowledge has helped me through my greatest challenge of all, when my marriage of over 20 years ended.

How I live my faith

I try to treat all people I meet with kindness and a smile. So many people walk around looking so sad and lonely. A smile is a simple gift. I work to serve the women of the church in the women's auxiliary and find great joy in doing this. We meet each Sunday for special instruction about how to live our lives in greater magnification of our Savior. We also meet at different times throughout the weeks and months to do other activities such as book groups, physical fitness groups, craft groups, quilting groups. These group activities are as diversified as the women who make up our auxiliary are. Each month I have two special women that I get to visit and help in any way I can. These women have become dear friends and the visits become more than just once a month. We talk on the phone, go for walks, go to lunch. By simply being kind and honest is truly one of the easiest and most compelling ways to share my simple testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He set the example for all of us to follow.