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Hi I'm Karen

I am a Mormon and have a large family. I have recently become a widow.

About Me

I was born into a family of loving parents who were honest, hard working and loving. They loved each other very much. However, my father was not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and my mother was not an active member. I was taught to follow the example of my grandparents and join the LDS faith. I had friends who were a positive influence on me. When I was very small I nearly died from several communicable diseases and each time my mother called for the Priesthood men to come give me a blessing for my healing. Each time I was healed and my faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ grew. When I was 17 my father joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and my mother became active in the Church. It was the happiest day of my life. Their testimonies of all of the Truths of the Gospel grew and they read and learned all they could. I have two sisters and one brother who are also active members of the Church. I have married in the Temple and have eight beautiful children and 50 grandchildren along with 21 great grandchildren. They bring me great happiness and have all chosen to learn all they can to live righteous lives. I love to make quilts, I love to spend time with my family and I love to attend the Temple. My husband recently passed away and I am now learning to live on my own but I have positive feelings and knowledge that I will be with my Sweetheart again.

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to follow the Church of Jesus Christ because I studied the doctrines and principles and teaching of it and know in my heart and soul they are true. I not only studied but prayed and even put promises to the test and never have I been disappointed. I earnestly seek to know truth and I know Heavenly Father has restored His Truths to the earth in this day. I have learned that when Christ was on earth he established His True Church and the organization of that True Church is found in the Holy Bible. I also know that He established His True Church here in American by appearing to the people who lived here and that the records of that are found in the Book of Mormon. I have read all of the scriptures many, many times and know them to be the word of God. I know they are consistent in all the records we have because God is consistent in all that He does. He is a perfect God. I also know that we have our agency to chose whatever course we chose for ourselves. But when we truly want to know truth, it is available for us to find. But our hearts must be pure in our desire to learn and make every effort to find honest truth. That can only come to us through sincere study, sincere prayer and a sincere heart. Then the Spirit of God will testify to us that it is His truth. I know this is true. My husband shared his feelings with our whole family just before he passed away. Among other things he said, "I want to leave my testimony that all will know that I have a very strong testimony of the reality of our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know each of us are spirit children of living heavenly parents and that Jesus Christ is our elder brother. I know we have been nurtured and taught about the Gospel Plan before we were born into mortality...I am so thankful for all who have helped me to know and understand Gospel truths, especially the Atonement o The Lord Jesus Christ." I agree with my husband's every word.

How I live my faith

I have always tried to do my best to live the principles and teaching of the LDS Church. I have had the blessing of serving in the organizations but mostly in Primary, the organization for the children and in the organization for the women of the Church. I love being a Visiting Teacher where I can go into the homes of the women and share my testimony with them. I have loved to work in the Welfare canneries helping to can food for the needy, serve in many humanitarian opportunities and have especially loved making quilts for the needy. I have served as a missionary on several occasions both full time and part time. I love to sing and have sung in the Church choirs from the time I was 15 until just a few years ago when I couldn't sing very well any more. I have been active in many drives for the needy and sick, especially the Cancer Societies. I have a very strong feeling for the freedoms we have here in American and have tried to support candidates for office I felt would be strong and fair leader both in our communities and in the Nation and who would uphold the Constitution. I love children and have had the opportunity of assisting in therapy for small children with disabilities. I have had the blessing of seeing four of my children serve missions for the Church . One served in Texas, one in Uruguay, one in Thailand and one in the Czech Republic. At present our oldest son serves as the leader over the missionaries in Cambodia and Viet Nam. Their letters and emails home have given me a great love for all people of the world. I grew up very close to a Black community and developed a strong love and appreciation for all of them I came to know. I feel all people are our Heavenly Father's Children and that He loves everyone the same. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to become familiar with people of all walks of life here in America. My husband and I served a mission in the mid-west and loved all those we met. They were wonderful people.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Karen
Joseph Smith was a young boy of 14 when he was troubled about which of all the churches were right. They each taught different doctrines and he was very confused. He pondered the situation for a long time and one day he read in the Bible that when a person didn't know something he could ask God and he would receive an answer. So he took his question of which church to join to God. Most unexpectedly he received a vision of God, the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. He was told to join none of the then existing churches; that the true Church had been taken from the earth due to corruptions. In a few years he had a visit from an Angel who guided him to a record of the ancient people of America. He later translated the record through the power of God and that record is found today in the Book of Mormon. Soon after that he was guided and directed to organize the True Church of God. The Church was organized on 6 April 1830 in Fayette, New York. At that time there were but 6 members of the Church. It has grown to be a milti-million congregation and is found throughout the world. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Karen
The Mormons know God loves all of His children equally and want all of them to know His Truths. When Mormon Missionaries go out to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ they share the message of God's truths. They have a burning testimony that the message they teach is true and are excited to share that message with all the world. They are willing to use their own finances and sacrifice all of their time to teach the message of the Everlasting Gospel for a period of eighteen months to two years. They are so positive of what they teach is true they want everyone to have that same truth and knowledge so they can also have the joy and happiness they enjoy. They work very hard to find people who want to know more about God. They want to share with others that God has a Plan for His children, that a part of that Plan is that families can be together forever, and through that Plan they can be led back into the presence of God. They serve in pairs because in the scriptures we are taught that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Show more Show less