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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a proudly South African Mormon, a daughter, a hoop dance enthusiast and currently serving in Utah St. George Mission.

About Me

I am the youngest of 3 Girls. I was born and raised in Muldersdrift, South Africa (Outside the big City of Jo'burg). My Parents joined the church 25 years ago, because of the inspired Sister Missionaries who knocked on their door and who were patient with them for 6 months before they actually joined. They are my heroes in life! My Dad started his own business 30 years ago - manufacturing Stainless Steel Gas Braais (Barbeques) and in later years has added gas Fireplaces and has been a success! I Worked for him full time for 3 years. I did all the odd jobs, mange the IT, costing and gas installation admin. I am currently serving a full time mission in Utah St. George Mission. I love sharing the gospel to people like my parents! There is so much joy in this work and I'm grateful for the chance I have to serve these wonderful people Before my mission I started a new hobby of Hoop Dace which helped me relax and go into my own world, I am still a beginner, but was able to learn something new each time I practice! It always challenged me to be a bit better everyday, it was discouraging at times but I know it was preparing me for my mission. I have had alot of discouraging times but through the help of my Heavenly Father I have been able to love those I serve with and lift others up as I look outward to others.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in the church, all I ever knew was being a Mormon, but when I was younger I would follow my sister around everywhere and copy all that she would do. When she left the Church - I stayed. That was when my testimony was challenged - I was always following her example and she is the reason I am so strong today and I love her for that. I know this is the true Church! I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and restored the authority of God on Earth today. I know that President Thomas S Monson has that SAME Priesthood and authority given to Joseph Smith! I know the Book of Mormon is ancient scripture of the Americas and it is an essential part of our faith! I know that through this book we can learn how we should live and draw closer to the Savoir. I know that Christ Lives! that he IS the CHRIST, the one who died for our sins and redeemed all mankind. I love this Gospel, it is a gospel of Logic and POWER! I know it brings me a fullness of Joy!

How I live my faith

I strive to be an example to all those around me as I fulfill every calling I get - currently I'm serving as a full time missionary. Just before my mission I was the Stake Young Single Adult Representitive. I love traveling to the outlying units and seeing the faith, strength and love of the members there! More often than not they are examples to ME of how one should love! I love participating in ALL of the programs of the church - I was lucky to be a part of them all. But I know that the best example to us all is Jesus Christ. He is the perfect example to us all and by trying to develop qualities & attributes that he has, we are able to help others come closer to him. There is a quote that I love by Bishop H. David Burton "Live in such a way that those who know you but don't know Christ will want to know Him because they know you" I want to be the best example possible to those around me. I love this gospel! It really can bring happiness.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Karen
No. The Church strongly encourages all men (18-26) to serve a mission for 2 years, and women who feel they want to serve from age 19 to serve for 18 months. The Church also encourages married couples to serve when they feel they are in a position to do so. Everyone still has their agency to serve or not to serve, for some their finances do not allow for it, while others have saved their whole life for this opportunity. Missionaries pay for their own mission. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Karen
Just as a court asks witnesses to testify for or against a case or evidence. So we are witnesses of Christ Testifying that HE Lives! That this is His restored Gospel. It is a solem declaration that we have living prophets, that the book of Mormon is not just a book of stories but a book of scripture like unto the bible that is a book of testimonies that Jesus is the CHRIST and that all things which are good are possible through HIM. Show more Show less