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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a daughter,wife, mom and work outside my home. I love to read, travel and learn about other cultures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like many women, I struggle to find the time and energy to do it all. I love my family and have a job I enjoy. I've struggled to find my place in the world and sometimes feel guilt and failure. I have worked hard to gain self-confidence and reflect who I truly know I am. Every experience, every relationship, every friendship, everything I do has made me who I am and who I will become. I love this stage of my life; my children are gradually leaving the nest as they pursue marriage, educational opportunities, missions, careers, etc. I'm proud of who they are. At times I wonder "what's next", and then I'm excited to find out. I love to travel and working for an airline has allowed me to go places we otherwise would never have visited. I like to read and cook and write and hope someday to finish one of the great books written in my mind!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know it to be the true church. Sometimes we confuse the church with the gospel. They are both true. The gospel has the plan of happiness and tells us what we need to know and do to return to our Heavenly Father; the church is the organization which holds the keys to perform the ordinances to get us there. I find that I am happiest when I am true to myself and what I know to be true.

How I live my faith

Though born and raised in the church, I have experienced my own conversion and hope to help others find their way to the truth. I had an opportunity many years ago to serve as a missionary in Switzerland. A portion of my heart remains there and I love the Swiss people dearly. Since returning home, most of my church service has involved teaching; either children or in our women's organization. In the beginning, I was terrified of speaking in front of even a small class of children, today I enjoy teaching and probably learn more than those in my class. I spend many hours studying and praying. Each time I teach, the Spirit bears witness of what I already know to be true. As I've learned to practice faith and served others, I have found my spiritual identity and potential. I know that we have a reason for being here and sometimes the struggle is finding out what Heavenly Father wants us to do and become.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

We believe that all men and women are sons and daughters of God with the potential to become like him. :Part of this divine potential is met as we marry, a man and a women who love each other and are devoted to each other, and create a new family unit. Members of the church recognize all men and women as our brothers and sisters. We love them. It is good to love your fellow men and women. Those who are attracted to members of the opposite sex are good people. We welcome them at our meetings and as members of our church. The Lord has revealed to his prophets that marriage is to be between a man and a woman. The Lord has also given us the law of chastity which applies to all members of the church whether homo or heterosexual. There is no sin or punishment until this commandment, or law, is broken. There may be much we don't know about same sex attraction but we have faith that all things will be made whole and right. Faith, prayer, and fasting may or may not help someone overcome this attraction but they will always help strengthen any of us who deal with any desires which are not in harmony with the teachings of the church. Show more Show less