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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a wife, a mom, a nursing student, a friend and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom to four amazing kids. One is married, one is engaged, one is serving a mission in Virginia and one is in 9th. My life use to be full of laundry, car pool, sports and music lessons, homework and family but now my life has slowed down as my children are growing up and heading out on their own adventures. So it was time to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up - so I headed back to college. I am studying to get my nursing degree and can't wait to spend the next 20 years serving others and helping them to feel their best when they are at their lowest. Because I have been serving my family, friends, neighbors and in my church callings this is the perfect career for me and I really enjoy learning again.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a little town in Nottoway County, Virginia called Burkeville. There were virtually no Mormons in my community that I wasn't related to. I knew from a small age that this church was true and that it would help to lead me in the paths of happiness. It always has. My parents divorced when I was young and it is a tough time on any age but I had a knowledge that my Heavenly Father loved me and would never abandoned me. That knowledge helped me to navigate the tricky and hard teenage years and to avoid many of the challenges we have to face growing up. My brother once asked me what if I got to heaven and found out my religion wasn't true and I had wasted all my teenage years not having all the fun others seem to be having? My comment and it is still my answer today, well it will still have lead me to make choices in my life that I will never regret and has allowed me to live a happy and well adjusted life. For that there is nothing that I have ever felt I missed out on by living the standards of our gospel.

How I live my faith

Hopefully others can tell the importance of my faith by the way I treat my fellowman daily. I try to always extend a hand of fellowship and to accept all people of all walks of life and religion. I have been fortunate to live in many different areas of the United States and outside of the country as well. I have found that we are all children of our Father in Heaven and that we have more things in common than differences. I think that we can all learn from each other if we will just listen and respect each other. I have always been active in my community with PTA, community events and in my church callings. I love to serve others and that is a great example that my faith has extended to me. Now that I am on a college campus with kids half my age it is great to hear their thoughts on life and where they are headed. It is also humbling when they ask me my opinion and I am able to share in a small way the joys that I have in my life and the results of living a life firmly planted in my faith.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

The greatest thing about being a mormon is knowing that I can be with my family always. This knowledge gives me the strength to continue on even when everday test and trials can seem overwhelming. So often in todays culture we view so much as temporary and easily thrown away. Unfortuantely that has even become the way of thinking for marriages. It is so easy to get divorced - if things get a little hard or we don't get our own way - marriage has become disposable. I love that when things get hard between my husband and I, we can remember that there is a third person in our relationship and that through being humble we can go to our Heavenly Father and seek answers on how to make our marriage and family stronger. It helps me not feel like I am all alone in this and that together we can overcome everything to make our family stronger daily. Show more Show less