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Hi I'm Karen

I was raised in a faithful LDS family. I have five children and eleven grandchildren. I and my family are Mormons.

About Me

I am a mother and a teacher. I earned an English Education degree in college and have taught in US public schools. I taught college English and was an Academic Advisor while my husband and I lived in Hawaii. We loved living in a place where we got to know wonderful people from many different countries and cultures. I enjoy talking to people to find out about where they are from and to learn about their interesting experiences. We have five children, eleven grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. My favorite things are spending time with family; sewing, crocheting and embroidery; reading novels; and eating ice cream.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a strong LDS family with faithful parents and grandparents several generations back valiantly living the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. From the beginning, I learned to follow the teachings of Jesus; I can't remember a time when I did not know His Gospel was true. I also learned the wonderful stories of my ancestors' conversions and lifelong dedication to the Church and I am trying to live up to their inspiring examples. Sometimes I feel like being a Mormon is in my blood and genes. It is simply who I am. As a teenager, when I tearfully worried that I hadn't experienced a remarkably overwhelming conversion incident, my patient and loving parents explained that a testimony doesn't always come in one inspiring moment. More often than not, it comes little by little, and line upon line. Together we reviewed the many small incidents in my life that had helped me realize that Jesus loves me and that He wants me to follow His teachings. Years later, I am still collecting the many small feelings and experiences that bless my life, build my testimony, strengthen my faith, and confirm that His gospel is true. It makes me want to always live in obedience to His commandments because I know that by doing so, I will be able to live with Him someday. My testimony is based on small and simple things. I am a Mormon because of the many small and simple blessings in my life that testify that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true.

How I live my faith

I like to find ways to serve other people, to lighten their burdens, and to help them feel happy. It makes me feel capable and happy to be able to make a difference in someone's life. I have taught in our church nursery, children's classes, youth, and women's organizations. I have also served in local 4-H, PTA and women's service organizatons. Whether it be organizing a group activity, planning a service project, preparing a church dinner, taking cookies to a neighbor, flowers to a sick friend or a meal to a new mom, I find joy in doing things for others. I am somewhat of an introvert, but I find that doing something for someone else helps me come outside of myself and make connections with the people. around me.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Every successful organization requires many people to work together fulfilling many different roles. In the church, men and women are asked to fill different responsibilities, all of which are needed to accomplish the Lord's eternal plan. All assignments are important and necessary; and no one is more valuable or more important than another. At different times, women are called to teach, lead, nurture, comfort, preside, pray, testify, minister, assist and serve in a variety of assignments. Magnifying ones calling and providing service to others is a sacred responsibility shared by both men and women. When we each fulfill our assignment and work together under the direction of the Lord, we can accomplish whatever task the Lord needs us to do for his children. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We believe that God is our literal Father in Heaven, the very real Father of our eternal spirits. That makes the parent-child relationship a sacred and eternal connection. In our earthly families, we can practice eternal principals as we learn to love, serve and cherish our family members even as our Heavenly Father loves us. Cooperation and love between family members is what prepares us to return to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less