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Hi I'm Karen

I'm an Angelino, an art historian, parent of two and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Our world is filled with so many amazing gifts that sometimes I feel like there isn't enough time to enjoy them all. I love history and museums of all kinds, but especially art. I love architecture-old and new, the spectacular and the overlooked. I love being outdoors - riding my bike along the beach or going camping with my family. Living in Southern California allows us to do so many things. This is where I grew up, and though I LOVE to travel, this will always be my home.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church but have come to my own conversion slowly over time. My conviction is my choice because I do know what it is like to live without the light of the gospel. I have always had difficulty with obedience but life has shown me that we are blessed when we are obedient to the commandments (yes all 10, plus loving God and your neighbor). I am happy and feel a sense of peace when I go to church and help others. It seems simple because it is. The Church is also a place where I can learn to do hard things. Life's difficulties come to us no matter who we are or where we are, but because of Christ's atonement I have help in overcoming trials, or sometimes, just getting through them. I have learned I am capable of much more than I thought. Finally, the gospel just makes sense to me. I believe that God is knowable and that he does love us enough to speak to us today --through the scriptures, personal revelation, and through a living prophet. All these things bear witness to Christ as our savior who knows us, loves us and guides us through our daily lives.

How I live my faith

I believe in attending my church meetings and performing the service work in the church that I am asked to do (we call them "callings"), to the best of my ability. Sometimes friends may wonder how I could spend so much time at church--Sunday meetings, Wednesday nights with the youth, and frequent social activities on the weekends. But those are the times I can reconnect with who I really am (a daughter of God) and my true potential (still learning about that). Sometimes I think I need to go to church MORE, because I need constant reminders of what is really important. The church provides me with opportunities to serve others and practice true christian love, compassion, and patience. I say practice because I'm still working on getting it right.