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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a native Oregonian. I don't enjoy cooking, but I love to eat. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother of three: two boys and a girl. I grew up in The Dalles, Oregon, graduated from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) with a BS in Psychology, served in the US Army and served a Church mission in Rome, Italy.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up attending a Lutheran church every Sunday with my mother and brother. My best friend throughout middle school and high school attended a Southern Baptist church. The two of us frequently discussed our religious beliefs, and through exposure to these two churches and several others during my teen years I "collected" doctrines that I believed to be true. Examples include: keeping the Sabbath Day holy, specifically by not working or shopping on Sundays; paying a tithe on my income; abstaining from sex outside of marriage; and baptism by immersion. There were several others, which collectively were not taught by any single one of the churches, although each of the churches taught some of them. At the age of 21, while serving in the Army, I met a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I asked him how Mormons were different from other Christians, and as he explained his beliefs, I realized that I'd finally found a church that professed all of the truths that I'd already "collected" but had previously failed to find all together in one place. In addition to these truths, I learned of modern-day prophets, through whom Jesus Christ led His Church today, just as He'd done anciently. The most exciting truth of all was that of being able to continue on with my husband and family after this lifetime, rather than being separated at death. When I read scriptures from The Book of Mormon I felt the same Spirit that I felt while reading the Holy Bible, and because of this, I knew that The Book of Mormon was holy scripture, just like the Bible. I joined the Church less than a month after my first meeting with the missionaries, and I have been grateful for my membership ever since. The single greatest decision I've ever made was being baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have spent several years as a Sunday School teacher of varying age groups: 6 year olds; 12 year olds; and 17-18 year olds. I have enjoyed volunteering with my family at the Oregon Food Bank and distributing food boxes at Christmas-time.