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Hi I'm Karen

I love children and have a BS in Early Childhood Ed. Now I teach piano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a Mormon family, the oldest of six children, and raised in a mostly Mormon community. I enjoyed piano and dance lessons. I attended Ricks (BYU-I), then BYU, graduated and came back to Canada to live and teach kindergarten. I married 3 years later in the temple, but it wasn't too long before I realized that my new husband didn't have the depth of testimony I thought he had. He struggled on and off with this for almost 20 years, through 4 children, then finally left me, the kids, and the Church. I was devastated! Even though it had been difficult, I still believed that our marriage and family were eternal. I got through this overwhelming time by attending the temple every week, and praying to be able to forgive my husband for what he had done. Each of the children struggled in their own ways, with the youngest descending into a deep depression that took hospitalization to help him recover. It has been 11 years since that difficult time. I have now remarried a wonderful Mormon man in the temple, and the three oldest children have been on missions are active in the church. My youngest was very active until the middle of his junior year of high school, then decided he didn't want to be a Mormon anymore. That was almost six years ago. In the midst of the stress of the divorce, I got fibromyalgia, and that robs me of energy still today. I'm grateful to be able to teach piano lessons where I can set my own hours to what I can handle.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been raised in a Mormon home, I was taught about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ from my earliest waking moments. I was baptized at 8 years old with all the joy of a child that age. I don't remember ever not believing. I really tried to keep all the commandments from my youth on up. I had always thought that because I had done that, my whole life would be a continuation of peace and happiness. My divorce was devastating to me, but it was through those trials that I came to really know the Lord. I felt Him closer to me more at that time than any other point in my life. I didn't just believe that He was real and loved me. I knew it! I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers always, even when we think that He is not listening and life seems so dark.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day, beginning with prayer and scripture study. I try to be kind to others and literally do what Jesus would do. At church, I play the organ for our congregation, and also the piano for the children ages 3-12 (Primary). I have also been in leadership positions in Primary, teaching many lessons, and also music to the children. I have also been president of the women's organization (Relief Society). I have been a visiting teacher my entire adult life. With a companion (usually), we go to visit 3-4 assigned women in our congregation, take her a religious message if appropriate, and generally check on her welfare. I have also taught 14 and 15 year old girls, and attended activities with them. Each assignment has brought me great satisfaction and joy! I have felt the Lord helping me with all I have done.