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Hi I'm Karen

I was born in Tongatapu Tonga to American parents. I'm a mother to five, I love to travel and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love to travel, being born abroad and living abroad later in my life I love to see and enjoy different cultures, foods, places and experiences. Some of those places are Tonga, Kiribati, a Navajo Indian reservation, Japan, Guam and the U.S. I love to garden, write and I also love to cook. I have five fabulous children who help me to learn, grow and bring me an amazing amount of joy, (mixed in there with all the mess, noise and chaos!) I have a wonderful husband who shares my love of travel and who thankfully eats everything I cook!!

Why I am a Mormon

Whether it is in the kitchen, in my garden, on paper, or as I help my kids grow I am trying to create a life that Christ would approve of. I have been a member all my life but the more I learn and grow the more grateful I am for the gospel that leads and guides me here on earth.

How I live my faith

I've lived in 5 different countries and more than 12 locations there. In all the places I've been the thing that always stays the same is that the Gospel is true, no matter where on earth you are. The most important thing I've learned is that the simple gospel principals are the key to lasting happiness. A personal relationship with God is how I stay focused and centered and happy and how the craziness of the world makes any sort of sense. I am trying to not only teach my kids to cook, but also have them learn to appreciate what I cook. I know it's a process to get kids to like strange foods like zucchini casserole or okonomiyaki or stir fry or even meatless lasagne :-o ! But I keep trying because I know there is an amazing array of delicious foods out there they can learn to appreciate, but it takes time and repetition. It's a lot like the gospel. There are so many amazing things to learn and grow with in the gospel but so many of them take practice and repetition to learn to do right and eventually cherish.