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Hi I'm Karen Marie Whiting

I grew up on a farm in Idaho. I have a B.S. degree specializing in Business Education. I'm a mom with 9 children. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I’m a farm girl who grew up to become mom to nine kids. The farm is still “in” me because I love the outdoors, gardening, flowers, hiking and camping. Red sunsets and frosted trees are my favorite nature pictures. While homemaking was always my chosen career, I studied business, accounting, and music as I earned a college degree. That training has been useful in our family business and teaching our children. Who would have ever thought that I would use my geology class to teach my sons about rocks!

Why I am a Mormon

I have always had a heart that believed in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. At a young age, I knew that I was important to them and felt confident in their love for me. It has always been easy for me to accept the story of Mormonism. Perhaps this is because my father's people accepted it when it was first preached in England in 1837. My mother's people accepted it when they first heard it in Holland in 1905. Because of this, I was subjected to its teachings from infancy. It was easy to accept Mormonism and believe it. Know that my testimony is not based on any one miraculous demonstration or manifestation or the fact that I was taught it from infancy. It is the result of a long lifetime of belief, faith, and works. I do not remember a time when I did not believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That gospel is a blessing in my life. It is an anchor of truth to guide and protect me and my family. That faith gives me comfort and peace. So I keep on doing the right things, keeping the commandments, and following the living prophet even when things don’t go right or doing so doesn't seem to make a difference. I know that life will be better by living gospel teaching than it will be without living gospel teachings. Why should I ask for more? Why do you need more? If you do, ask for it, pray for it, work for it. If you will follow the teaching of the Savior, you will know for yourself. I’m a Mormon. I know it I love it I live it.

How I live my faith

An important part of my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is serving. I have been Scandinavian Festival co-chairman for many years and active on the Botanical Gardens board of directors. Within the community and church I have served as den leader, merit badge counselor, and scout committee member for Boy Scouts of America. Writing a god-centered science curriculum for a private school is one of my most prized opportunities. Training church musicians who can play and conduct hymns is a joy for me. I have also taught piano/organ lessons as a professional and as a volunteer. Being a church member has given me opportunities to develop talents and skills in teaching children, public speaking, choir directing, presidency leadership, and making friends. Of particular value to me is the “visiting teacher” program. Through it I am assigned to visit and share a message at least monthly with three women in the church congregation. Whether the assignment to these women is lengthy or short before the assignment is changed, it is a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted and friends with women of varying ages and talents.