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Hi I'm Karen

I grew up in York, England and at 15 I emigrated with my family to Rhodesia. At 18 I joined the Church and love it.lots

About Me

I am a grandmother who is a retired psychologist. I have two grown children and 5 (nearly 6) grandchildren.I enjoy researching family history and help others to search theirs, voluntarily. I enjoy using my computer and iPad and reading and writing. I have suffered over the years with many health issues which are now beginning to improve thanks to my faith and determination. I love helping people and will do anything I can to help anyone in distress or difficulty. I enjoy spending time with family although this often means travelling quite a bit to keep in touch but it is worth it. I am immensely grateful to a loving and kind husband and children who give me enormous strength. If it were not for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I would not be here today so I am grateful beyond measure, to be a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I went to live with an aunt in Wales when I was 18. Six weeks after I arrived there the Missionaries knocked on our door. My aunt and I joined the Church then and she remained active for the remainder of her life. I travelled about the country after that because of jobs and education and met some lovely people through the Church. Wherever I went I was warmly welcomed and made many good and long lasting friends. I wanted to be a member of the Church because I knew the principles taught within it were true. How did I know? Well, I prayed and studied and prayed and studied and my understanding grew and grew. I was very blessed throughout my life to gain degrees, when on paper I should never have gone to University, to have a lovely family, and also, to gain a certain knowledge that the Saviour, Jesus Christ, actually lives and is an important person in my life, who loves and cares for me, more than any person can. He has helped me overcome all, well nearly all, my weaknesses and makes me feel a worthwhile person, when for a while there, I didn't feel like this. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints isn't just any old Church, it is a growing dynamic organisation that is growing and dynamic because the Saviour is at the Head of his Church and is directing everything within it. However, we people do have as a special gift, agency, to act for good or evil depending on our natures. The Saviour does not take that away from us in being a member of this Church, that's another reason why I know the Church is true and why I love it so much. It is a way of life, not a Sunday only Church. We make covenants and we try to live them because we love the Lord not because we are 'ordered' or 'told' to. Joseph Smith did see Jesus and Heavenly Father, this I know to be true also and he thereafter became a Prophet as like the Prophets of old. I am a Mormon because this Church is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following in the footsteps of the Saviour JESUS CHRIST who taught me, by his example, how to love and be kind to others. I try therefore, to be the same as Him. I am no-where near perfect like Him but I know that if I follow his example in the way I am with people, I cannot go far wrong so I try my best. I have some responsibility in the Church for looking after the needs of the women of the Church, i.e.. spiritual, emotional, physical, practical and so on. This requires me to spend time visiting with some of them in their homes, helping to teach them principles that will help them with their families and lives. I am also involved with ensuring that appropriate lessons are taught to the women usually about spiritual matters and how to improve and grow spiritually and in every other way. The women's organisation of the Church (known as Relief Society) takes care of the needs of the poor and unwell, the sick and the needy and I play a small part in helping to meet those needs. I am very grateful for every opportunity to serve my fellow human beings.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Karen
Jesus Christ is the resurrected Son of God and because of this he is alive and he lives. He is a real tangible person who we can get to know personally and as we do so our lives will become better and more worthwhile. Because He is our Heavenly Father's Son we can claim Him as our brother and through Him we can also communicate with our spiritual Father in Heaven (God). This is an enormous blessing to us and we need this communication to help us through the murky waters of life so that we know we can be happy and live with both of them again if we only desire and live worthily of such a great blessing. Of course Jesus is THE Son of God but we can learn to be like Him and by doing so, we help to make the world a better place! Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Karen
Mormon women are like all women ie. different from each other but they do share some very common characteristics. Firstly, they are very 'spiritual' in their outlook. They look for the good in others, they serve each other, they help each other, they are kind, caring and compassionate and they try not to judge each other, although, being imperfect human beings they do fail in this area sometimes. Nevertheless, the positive qualities of Mormon women far outweigh the negative ones. They take the responsibilities of being a wife and a mother very seriously and do all they can to nurture both their marriage and their children towards a more spiritual nature. They are keen to educate themselves and their children to the highest possible standards. They are co-equal with their husbands in helping to keep the home harmonious and happy, in bringing their family up in love and righteousness and in encouraging all members of the family to prosper in all aspects of life. They have many roles in life.......single, wife, divorced, widowed, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin and so on and, they have responsibilities in leadership in the church, at work but particularly in the home with their children. Mormon women are different from women of the world because they have strong values about chastity, loyalty, faith, testimony and love of the Lord and will do all in their power to encourage these values in their families. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Karen
In reality, there is no restriction on who can enter the temples of the Lord. All people who are counted worthy, according to specified criteria can go into any of the 130 or more temples dotted throughout the world. Worthiness is measured by criteria which allow us the opportunity to develop and grow spiritually and these can be met by all individuals who wish to partake of such blessings. Nevertheless, there is a process of becoming worthy which takes time and effort on our parts and once we have achieved such a level of worthiness, we can enter the temples. There is nothing at all that is secret going on in the temples. Everything that goes on there is 'sacred' and involves participating in ordinances and learning eternal truths that help to increase our spirituality further. Temples are all about eternity, not this life alone. They help to bind families together forever, husbands and wives, children to their parents and what a great blessing this is, to know that you can be together forever with your loving family. Also, in temples, people are baptised for the millions of those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ here on this earth. It is an enormous task, hence the steady growth of temples to provide such ordinances. The temple is a house of prayer, a house of learning and a house of God and the world is a better place for having temples available to those who are worthy. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Karen
Suggesting that the Mormon Church is a 'cult' is a solemn mistake. It suggests that somehow we are a negative organisation intent on doing something inherently wrong. However, we are not intent on doing anything wrong at all. We worship the Saviour Jesus Christ, hence the real name of the Church is 'The Church of JESUS CHRIST of latter day saints, to differentiate us from Jesus's Church when he was on the earth. We state as part of our creed that we uphold the laws of the land, in all cases and hence, any adherence to breaking laws is not tolerated in the Church. People often call us a cult when they want to criticise or ridicule us but the truth is, there are no grounds for criticism or ridicule. We are inherently a 'good' organisation, only intent on following the Saviour and doing good to our fellow human beings. We worship the Saviour, we admire Joseph Smith the Prophet, we value enormously, the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ and we look forward, with eager anticipation, our reunion with the Saviour and our Heavenly Father in the eternities. We know where we came from and where we are going because the plan of happiness is set out for us clearly in our doctrine and understanding. We are blessed beyond measure to be members of this Church because it seeks only for our good and the good of all mankind. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Karen
After we die, our body and our spirit separate. Our body goes back to the earth from whence it came and our spirit goes back to heaven to be in one of two places initially, either (a) paradise, a state of peace and harmony where we rest from our worries, pains and difficulties or, to (b) the spirit world where we go if our lives may not have been in harmony with the teachings of a loving Heavenly Father and we have to learn new things. These two places are only temporary. Eventually, we will ALL be resurrected and this means our spirit and our body will be reunited and live forever. For some who have been righteous throughout their lives, this means that they will be resurrected at the beginning of the Millennium when Jesus Christ will come in His glory and reign supreme on this earth for 1000 years. For those who have been unrighteous in this life, they will have to wait until that thousand years is over before they are resurrected and they will miss out on the chance to live in a peaceful, harmonious world where the lamb and the lion will lie down together and peace will reign for a 1000 years. At the end of this time, will come the final judgement when the Saviour will judge all of us and decide where our eternal lives will be spent, either in a celestial world, a terrestrial world or a telestial world. As latter day saints, we strive towards the celestial world and our choices in this life will play an important part in the Lord's judgement Show more Show less