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Hi I'm Karen Johnson

I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother of nine amazing grandchildren. I'm a retired elementary school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Provo, Utah but have spent most of my life in Arizona and three years in American Samoa as a young girl. After college I married my sweetheart and have three children and nine sweet grandchildren. Being a grandma is great! While raising my children, I earned an Elementary Education degree and taught school for 25 years before retiring. My husband and I have been retired for five years and have enjoyed going on numerous wonderful vacations together. We are SO excited to serve the Lord together in the Australia Adelaide Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born in to a strong LDS family who regularly went to church and had family home evening every Monday night. I thought we were all very happy but learned that my parents didn't get along with each other very well. Because of this lack of love towards each other, expressions of love to us children was rarely done. I was very blessed though to have really good friends that encouraged me to do what was right. Because of this, I went to church and other church programs on a regular basis. This is where I received my testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Whenever I was taught about the gospel I would have the Holy Spirit testify that these principles were of God and are true. I know beyond any doubt Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. That he was chosen to translate ancient plates which are known as the Book of Mormon today. I know that Joseph Smith was also chosen to restore and set up God's church like it was when Jesus Christ was on the earth with a prophet and apostles who receive revelation from God. I am grateful that temples have been built, like ancient times, for important ordinances which allow families to be together forever after this life. And that we have a living prophet today who is a mouthpiece for God to guide and direct His children. Having this knowledge guides my whole life and gives me great happiness and joy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by constantly striving to read the scriptures every day and other church books; listening to uplifting music; watching clean movies; serving others and being a more kind and better person. I enjoy learning about family history and doing the necessary ordinances in the temple to serve those on the other side of the veil. Since retiring, I have had the special opportunity of serving in the Gila Valley Temple to assist patrons doing ordinances for their ancestors. For five years, my husband and I have had a calling to serve/work with the Young Single Adults who are attending our college here in Thatcher. It is a true joy to serve them.