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Hi I'm Karen

I have 4 children and 15 grandchildren. I love to quilt, read and spend time with my family. I'm a Dental Hygienist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

You might think it strange that I love to learn--whether it's by taking formal classes, reading books and magazines, traveling, involving myself in new experiences, or talking with the people I come in contact with everyday. I worked in dental offices for over 40 years cleaning teeth. My favorite part of my job was talking with and learning from the patients I treated each day. Teeth aren't very exciting but the people attached to them are amazing! Because of my love for learning I encouraged my 4 children to complete college. When my youngest graduated from BYU I decided it was my turn to complete my Bachelor degree. I had an Associate degree from the U of PA but it felt incomplete to me. I applied to a then 'new' program at BYU and in 2008 I completed a Bachelor of General Studies degree. College as an ad I love to read historical fiction, especially on a sandy beach basking in the warmth of the sun as listening to the sound of the waves. I keep a growing list of books I want to read that are recommended by friends and acquaintances. I fear I will run out of life before I complete my reading! Growing up my grandmother instilled in me the love of sewing. I made many of my own clothes in high school and sewed clothing for my children and grandchildren through the years. That love for sewing clothing and home accessories has morphed into my current love for quilting. I love spending time in fabric stores looking for that perfect fabric to incorporate into my current quilt!

Why I am a Mormon

I am an active Mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and I have seen the happiness it brings to those who live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I think one of the gifts I have been given is a believing heart. I have never doubted the teachings of the Church because of personal confirmation I have received regarding them. I know that I am a daughter of Heavenly Father who knows me, hears my prayers, loves me, and continually blesses me. I don't believe in coincidences, but believe He has a plan of happiness for my life. I know that he is intricately involved in the details of my life as he answers my prayers, blesses me with the things I need, and puts wonderful people on my path to lead and help me. As I read and study the scriptures I am given insight into becoming a better person, but the most important thing that I receive through living and studying the Gospel is the companionship of the Holy Ghost. This life can be hard to navigate but with the Holy Ghost my journey has been much easier. Although loved ones have died, I have the peace and assurance that because of the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ I will see them again. I know that we lived with Heavenly Father before we came to this earth and that there is a wonderful life awaiting each of us after this one if we remain true and faithful. I am grateful for the saving ordinances of the temple and the binding covenants I made with Heavenly Father that make it possible for me to live with my Heavenly Father and family forever.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed to serve in every organization of the Church with wonderful people. I have learned and gained so much by serving. My favorite calling is that of a visiting teacher. It is the calling that keeps on giving because of the lasting friendships I have made. I have been companions with and visited sisters of all ages - old, middle, and young - and come to love each of them as a sister. From them I have gained a deeper love and appreciation for the scriptures, I have learned how to gracefully lose one's spouse or child and hold on to one's faith, and how loving families take care of each other. I have learned cooking skills, mothering skills, homemaking skills, and personal skills. And the best thing about visiting teaching is you can always be one! Another favorite calling was serving as a leader of the young women, ages 12-18, in our Stake. We planned a Pioneer Trek for a youth, young women and young men, conference one summer. This involved 3 days of dressing as pioneers and pulling handcarts along the Mormon Trail in Wyoming to re-enact the journey of the Mormon Handcart Pioneers. In preparing for this experience I was able to read the journals of many of these pioneers. They came alive for me as I developed a love for them and a deeper appreciation for my own pioneer heritage. Their examples of love, faith, courage and sacrifice touched my life and increased my faith through my involvement in this experience. We saw many miracles occur within the boundaries of our Stake that summer, both in the lives of the youth as well as in the lives of adults who participated.