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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a Canadian. I'm a BYU alumna. I'm a wife and mum. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Calgary, but now live in Arizona. I met my husband in the fall at BYU, and we married the following spring. I got my degree in Exercise Science, which required a lot of chemistry, anatomy, nutrition, and physiology classes. We had our first child, a girl, right before we graduated. It was busy! Then, we spent three, wonderful years in Nebraska, so my husband could attend law school. And we added one more child, a boy, just a little over a year and a half ago. My husband graduated in the spring of 2012, and we moved to Arizona where we were offered a job with a law firm. When I have some spare time, I love to be crafty! Scrap booking and card making are probably my favorite, but I have recently fallen in love with making hair bows for my girl. I'm always looking for new techniques, and love to see what my friends are doing for their girls. I do a small bit of sewing, but haven't made anything spectacular yet. And I've started taking piano lessons again, much to my mother's pleasure. I grew up in a large family, with an older sister, three older brothers in a row right before me, and two younger sisters. Because of my brothers, my dad says I was raised by wolves! Because of their influence, I love any and all sports, and played basketball, soccer, volleyball, and did track during high school. I am up for a pick up game of nearly anything!

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because I know that our Heavenly Father wants us to be happy. I've found that I am the happiest when I am trying the hardest to adhere to the principles of the gospel. I feel the best when I am reading my scriptures daily, when I am praying regularly, and speaking with my Father in heaven about everything in my life, when I am serving those around me, whether they be Mormon or not, and living the commandments that we have been given. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints fills me with a peace that is so enveloping that I never want that feeling to leave me.

How I live my faith

I love attending my church meetings every Sunday. Though sometimes it is busy to get everyone ready on time for church, I feel happy that we made it there together. I feel a loss when I don't get to church due to illness. I love to see everyone there, to chat with friends and acquaintances to see how their doing. It strengthens me to know that they are trying to lead a good life too. I learn so much about the gospel in my classes, and love to hear personal stories and testimonies, as well as share my own thoughts. Church is an environment of welcoming people. I try to live my faith every day, by remembering to read my scriptures, say my prayers, and attend the temple regularly. I try to love all those around me, be nice and Christ-like to everyone, and truly "love thy neighbor as thyself". I love teaching my children the gospel. Just as teaching them manners makes us all want to be polite, teaching them the precepts of the gospel of Jesus Christ makes me want to live it fully. I try to be the example for them to follow.