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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom and wife with a college degree. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married almost 13 years to my best friend. We have four incredible children together. I graduated college with a degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership. I've worked for the Boys and Girls Club and recently became a substitute teacher. I love working with kids, especially my own! Even though they can drive me a bit crazy sometimes, I love being home with them, teaching them, and being part of their educational journey. Homeschooling has been challenging and very rewarding for all of us. My husband is amazing and works hard to support our family. Life isn't always easy but it sure is an adventure!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised with the gospel of Jesus Christ taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I always enjoyed going to church but it wasn't until I was a teenager that I first knew what I was learning was truth. Growing up, I was taught to pray for answers, to study and find out for myself if what I was learning was true. When you enter high school in our church, you begin early morning seminary (scripture study classes). So every weekday, bright and early before school, I'd go to seminary, to learn and study the scriptures. Well, my junior year, I decided I was literally tired of going to seminary. There were some home study materials I could use to make up for missing attendance. One night, as I begrudgingly started my work, I decided I needed to know. I needed to know if all this work was worthwhile. I needed to know if what I was studying was truth; if the stories in the Book of Mormon actually took place. I'd been taught to pray for answers but I guess I always took for granted that the gospel was true. I never really found out for myself. So, for the first time, I sincerely prayed to know if the scriptures were true. I continued my studies, praying each day to know if it was true. Then, one night, as I was reading in Mormon, everything became clear. My eyes teared as I read about Mormon watching the destruction of his people, and the sadness he felt. And in that moment, very clearly, I knew what I was reading was truth and the stories I'd been studying in the Book of Mormon actually occurred! From that day, everything changed. For the first time, I knew for myself that the gospel is true, the scriptures are true. I have felt my Savior's love for me throughout my life, but that moment of enlightenment always stays with me. When I struggle in life, when I feel alone, I reflect on that moment and know that prayers are answered by a Heavenly Father who is aware of me!

How I live my faith

My faith is my life. I cannot separate who I am from what I believe. I strive to treat others with respect, even and perhaps especially, when we have differing opinions. There is so much greatness to be found everywhere and I am always eager to learn from others. Right now, I am involved in the women's organization at church. I enjoy being part of planning activities for the women. We have uplifting, spiritual events, to simple fun, social activities. It's fun getting together with women of different ages, experiences, and backgrounds-always a good time. Really, I love the strength found in serving together and uplifting each other in simple faith in God and Jesus Christ. So many women together, with the same morals, striving for the same principals is awesome! And, that we all have such different perspectives makes it even better. I think it's important to always strive to live as Christ wants me to. My mom taught me to love everyone, even if they aren't perfect (because nobody is). As long as you're following Christ the best you know how, that works for me! I've learned so much from visiting women in varying stages of life and experience. Some of the coolest people are ones I've met through visits. We may start off as strangers, but we (usually) end up good friends. All we can do is lift each other, love each other, and press on!