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Hi I'm Karen

I grew up in New Mexico. I enjoy getting to know people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married, and a mother of four beautiful daughters. They have all graduated and left home. All of them are married. I have five wonderful grandchildren. I enjoy playing the piano and the guitar. I have many hobbies, I like to quilt and sew, garden, read, ride bikes . . . etc. It's a different time in my life, because I can choose how I spend my time.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I choose to be. My family have been members of the church for a long time. However, each person comes to a point where they have to choose. I had read the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Book of Mormon. As I read them, I realized that they each answered questions posed in the others. Together, they truly testified of Jesus Christ. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the atonement, and that it allows me to repent of my sins and still have an opportunity to come back to my Father in Heaven. As a child I attended catechism with my catholic friends and neighbors, I had Jewish friends, Episcopalian friends, Baptist friends, and Presbyterian friends. We would talk about our churches, but the questions I had, they could not answer. Some of them maybe, but not all. As I learned about my church, the answers that I sought were there. There was no need for me to go somewhere else. I know that we should keep the commandments of the Lord. I believe that I should love the Lord with all my heart, might, mind and strength. And that I should love my neighbors as myself. But I also believe that we should obey the 10 commandments. That they are rules from God sent to help us in our lives. To make our lives easier, not more difficult. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me. I know, as I read the scriptures, that he gave people long ago prophets to teach them, and warn them. I know that He has given us prophets in this day, because He loves us, too. As I listen to the teachings of our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and as I live by what I'm taught, my life is blessed. The Lord has sent us prophets to help us stay safe. To lessen the influence that Satan might otherwise have in our lives.

How I live my faith

In the congregation that I attend, I am the president of the young women organization. Last week we went to girls camp. I always enjoy camping in the mountains, with beautiful pine trees, and aspens. As I look around me, I can see the beautiful creations that our Heavenly Father has blessed us with. Our theme was "All Things Denote There is a God". It was very appropriate. The young women are making choices for how they live their lives. I know that I try to live my life by following the examples of the Savior. He was kind to ALL those around Him, so I try to be kind. He served others, so I try to serve others. He studied the scriptures, the words of the prophets, and so I do the same. I try to help the young women realize that they are here on earth to learn to choose to do right. Not because someone sees them, or is watching. But because it is the right thing to do. In our church we have a calling, or responsibility called visiting teaching. We are assigned two or three women from our congregation to visit teach. Each month we contact them at least once to teach them a lesson, and to see how their lives are going. To help them if they need help, but mostly to be a friend. We all need friends. I love to visit teach. There are so many people from different walks of life, I like to get to know them, and have them get to know me. One of the sisters (women in our church) is from Mexico. I've been able to help her learn English, so that when her children go to school, she can talk to the teacher. And to help her talk to doctors, and nurses. She learned soooooo fast. We cooked together, baked together, crotcheted afghans and hats and scarves together. Her family is far away, and we are truly as sisters. Even though I am no longer her visiting teacher, I am still her friend.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Karen
Mormon women are fun to be around. One of my neighbors told me she likes to be around my friends from church. They don't use the Lord's name in vain, they don't cuss, they enjoy spending time with one another, and she likes to come, too. They have a happy and hopeful outlook on life. We believe that a women is just as important as a man, but that they have different roles in life. As a mother, I never expected my husband to bear children. But I did expect him to be their dad. To play with them, bathe them, feed them, give them comfort, guidance and love. As a husband, I expect him to provide for our family. To give us shelter, food, clothing, etc. When times were difficult, I helped him in these responsibilities, because we are husband and wife. Not one person alone. In our church, we are led by men holding the priesthood of God. They are the ones who are called to be the Bishop of our ward, or congregation. It is an unpaid position, as are all the positions in our church. We have a lay ministry. I won't ever hold the priesthood, but I will always have the blessings of the priesthood. As a women, I might be called to be over the women's organization. It is called the Relief Society. You help women, and their families, both spiritually, and physically. As a women you talk in our Sunday services, when asked. You are a teacher in many different organizations. Women bring much compassion, and caring into all that they do. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Karen
The Word of Wisdom is a revelation given to Joseph Smith. It tells us that if we refrain from drinking alchohol, and smoking, and if we eat healthy food, that we "will run and not be weary, and walk and not faint." I've found it interesting that the medical field is finding out that what we've been taught for over 100 years is actually true. We were told to stay away from things that many people have found to be harmful to their health. If they had been members in this church, and if they chose to listen to the guidance given, they would not have become addicted to different substances. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Karen
Mormons believe the Bible to be the word of God. They are Holy Scripture to us. There are many passages that explain things found in the Book of Mormon. Just as questions that I have from the Bible have answers in the Book of Mormon. The Bible is the word of God, and came from writings of the prophets, or holy men, who were inspired by the Holy Ghost. We believe that prophets are hear to warn us how to live. And whether their writings are in the Bible or the Book of Mormon, we don't really distinguish one from the other. They are revelations from the prophets, and should be adhered to. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Karen
The role of husband and wife in a family is to raise a family. Children are a choice blessing from our Heavenly Father. They bring great joy into our lives. It is hard to raise a child. It takes the best efforts from both the father and the mother to help that child become a good member of society. As parents try to rear a child, they should have as their first priorities; God, each other and their children. Children should be able to have a safe haven, a home. There they can mature, and grow in an environment where they are love, supported, and taught how to live the commandments of God. They are able to grow emotionally, physically, and spiritually with the help of both parents. They will have opportunities to help one another and to love one another. They will bless the lives of their families, and their communities. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Karen
I think it's important to take care of our bodies because they are a gift from God. We were born with a mortal body, and an immortal spirit. We are literally spirit children of our Heavenly Father. The spirit and the body together are called our soul. When we do things to one, it affects the other. As we eat healthy food, and exercise, and receive sufficient sleep, our bodies are strengthened, as are our spirits. By the same token, eating food that is NOT healthy, or by drinking alcohol, or taking drugs, or smoking, or not exercising, or not getting enough sleep.... we hurt our spirits. When my children received gifts, I would expect them to take the best care of them that they could. I think that the gift of our bodies is a wonderful gift from our Heavenly Father, and that He appreciates us taking care of them. Keeping them clean inside and out. He wants the best for us, and hopes that we learn how to keep our bodies healthy and strong. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Karen
We believe that Jesus is the literal Son of God. That Heavenly Father is the Father of His spirit, as well as His body. His birth, life, death and resurrection were foretold in the scriptures. We believe that He lived a perfect life. That He committed no sin, but that He suffered for the sins of all those who had ever lived, or who would ever live. His was an infinite atonement. He has saved us from our sins if we will but repent, and come follow Him. Because of His Resurrection, Christ has saved everyone, regardless of whether they believe in Him, or not. It was a gift to all. We will all be resurrected. As we repent, and follow Him, we have the added opportunity of gaining eternal life, or in other words, being able to live with Him for the eternities. Eternal life is dependent on our actions, both good and bad. When life on this earth is over, Jesus Christ will be the final judge of us all. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Karen
My favorite definition of faith comes from the Book of Mormon. ( Alma 32:21) A prophet named Alma said that faith is to "hope for things which are not seen, which are true." I always thought it interesting that the prophets name meant soul in Spanish. Because it's my soul that has faith. There is something in me that recognizes when real truth is being spoken. When I have faith in something, like the faith I have that there is a God, it feels my whole soul. As I see the sun rise, and the beauty of the earth all around me. The birds and their sweet sons, the flowers that I have planted, growing and showing their beauty to all... I know that there is a God. That He created these things. I use faith when I plant a seed. I know that tomato seeds grow tomato plants, that sweetpea seed grow sweetpeas. When I want my faith in Jesus Christ to grow, I do what He has asked me to do. I live the commandment, I read in my scriptures and do what they say. I test it... and my faith grows. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Karen
Joseph Smith Jr. was born in 1805 in Sharon, Vermont. His family believed in God, and read in the scriptures. I know that a young boy, Joseph Smith, Jr. was reading in the scriptures. He went to many churches and one day, he decided to pray. He wanted to ask God what church was true. I have asked that question, too. When He prayed, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ came to him, and told Him that the true church of Christ had not yet been restored, but that he would help in that restoration. A few years later, heavenly messengers came and told him what he should do. He was called as a prophet, like Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc. in the Bible. The Lord prepared him to bring back the same church that Christ organized when He was here on earth. I know that Joseph Smith, Jr was a prophet of God. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Karen
The Book of Mormon was written by prophets who lived anciently, as was the Bible. The difference comes early in the Book of Mormon, when the prophet Lehi left Jerusulem, and came to the Americas. Their descendants became a great people. The Book of Mormon contains the revelations given to the prophets who lived here, and some scriptures that were brought with them, and translations of other "plates" that were found here in the Americas. In September of 1823, Joseph Smith was sleeping when a heavenly messenger named Moroni came to visit him. The Angel Moroni told him about "golden plates" that had been written on, and that Joseph would need to go find them, and at a future date, translate them. He then showed Joseph where the plates would be found. Four years later, Joseph was told to take the plates, and translate them. He translated them into English by the power and inspiration of God. The book is called the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is named after a prophet who was one of the last to write in the Book of Mormon. He was the ancient prophet who abridged many of the sacred records of his people. His son is Moroni, who gave the plates to Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon is a blessing in my life. It testifies of Jesus Christ, that He is truly the Son of God. It teaches about faith, it answers my questions about children who die at a young age, and tells me they go back to Heavenly Father, that they are pure. I know that it is true. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Karen
Missionaries are there to answer the questions that you have. If you don't have specific questions, they will share a message with you about Jesus Christ, and His Atonement for everyone. They will also teach you about our Heavenly Father's great plan of happiness, or also known as the plan of salvation. I like the name plan of happiness because Heavenly Father wants us to be happy as we learn how to return to Him. As we live the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will serve other people. As we serve others, we serve our God. Missionaries bring the light of Christ into your home, and they bless your lives. Show more Show less