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Hi I'm Karen N.

My membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a treasured find in my life's path. It can be in yours, too!

About Me

I love being a wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, family member, and friend. I love theatre (both when an actor and audience member), love photos and managing them in online photobooks and on family blogs, etc. My veterinarian husband and I love our pets and all animals--I especially enjoy dogs and rabbits. Ilove to read, and participate in a book group I founded in 2002. I am also a beginning piano student...and have been for a long time! (Helps if you practice!) My husband and I love travel, with or without our children and grandchildren. I have worked since 1984 for the same wonderful employer--Mayo Clinic.

Why I am a Mormon

I came in contact with members of the church for whom I babysat while in my high school years. I was really impressed with the feelings in their homes and their involvement and commitment to their faith. I chose to explore it myself, not planning to become a member, but upon reading The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and other scriptures and publications of the church, I knew it was not fabricated, and gained my own testimony. It seems right to me that there could be a history of the people in the Americas and how they originally got to America, just as there was one for those who walked where Jesus Christ walked before. I believe The Book of Mormon to be companion scripture to the Bible...the stick of Joseph combined with the stick of Judah. I was baptized at age 18--best life decision I've ever made. The gospel of Jesus Christ has enriched my life, and continues to do so, in countless ways. It's helped me understand universal truths and the ways our Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost love and care for all peoples in ways humans have difficulty doing. The guidance of our leaders has not led me astray. I believe a restored gospel of Jesus Christ makes perfect sense. Also helpful in my conversion was a timeless classic LDS book titled A MARVELOUS WORK AND A WONDER. Mormon.org is an excellent place to research this faith for one's self. And if the basic concepts appeal, there is much more on www.lds.org.

How I live my faith

My faith is a lifestyle, not something I "do on Sundays." My church jobs, because I am called to them and they are not chosen by me, have been varied, allowing me to serve adults, teens, and children. They have helped me gain life skills and have helped me to identify talents I didn't know I had and use them in ways I would never have sought out! I believe this is because the Lord, hence my local bishopric, know me better than I know myself. Hence, unexpected personal growth. And my callings have helped me gain friendships and a community of support while I serve...and to develop Christlike love for people.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Karen N.
Sacred ordinances such as marriage for time and all eternity, baptisms by proxy for the dead, and for receiving light and wisdom as individuals of things of an eternal nature. A place of peace and sanctity. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Karen N.
Through voluntary contributions of the members. We don't even pass a plate at our meetings! Members who wish to donate pick up envelopes and donation slips and offer them freely to their bishopric. These donations are tax-deductible, and great records are maintained by the church and shared confidentially with the members at year end for their income tax preparation! Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Karen N.
The practice of homosexuality should be abstained from. It's kind of a hate the sin, love and embrace the sinner proposition...the same with other sexual practices outside of Holy Matrimony to preserve the sanctity of marriage and union between a man and a woman and for the perpetuation of the family as ordained by God. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Karen N.
Start with ourselves by shunning it. Teach out children. Be examples to those around us. If issues, search out www.overcomepornography.org. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Karen N.
My prescription? Read Alma 32 in THE BOOK OF MORMON! It is the best description of faith and how to develop it in one's life. Plant a seed of faith--if it is a good seed, it will grow! Faith is not a perfect knowledge or there would be no need for it! Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Karen N.
Life with integrity...as led by the Holy Spirit. Christlike attributes and practices. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Karen N.
Mormon services include the participation of the membership of the ward in prayer, talks, singing, renewing our covenants by partaking of the Sacrament, etc. Absolutely, visitors are welcome! Please come visit and check us out! Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Karen N.
Peace. Eternal truths. Fullness of the Gospel. The accompaniment of the Holy Spirit. Comfort. Love. Understanding. Knowledge. History. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Karen N.
Because families can be forever. It is the unit in which we learn and grow and hopefully receive love and support on this earth. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Karen N.
Belonging to and practicing the principles in the articles of faith for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons believe in the fullness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ as instituted in Christ's time. Restored because as the disciples died off the truth was fractured and scattered and the authority of Christ was lost and required restoration. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Karen N.
Missionaries and/or their families fund their own missions. There is more than the sacrifice of time. The church wisely assesses averaged fees so that whether going to expensive or inexpensive areas, missionaries pay the same monthly fee. Show more Show less

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

Karen N.
Jesus Christ is our elder brother...son of man and of God--making him both God and man while mortal. Perfect following his resurrection, but pointed to his Father for example of perfection before that time. Without sin. Our savior and redeemer, and our perfect exemplar. The creator of this earth. Our mediator in prayer. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Karen N.
A preserver of the sanctity of marriage and the body as a temple. It means we reserve ourselves for our legal marriage partners. We are co-creators with God when giving life to his spirit children. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Karen N.
www.mormon.org.... You can request the missionaries to visit you! If you have a Mormon friend, don't be afraid to ask them questions or ask if you can go to church with them. I promise, they'd be thrilled! They may not want to impose their faith on you, but you'd be "Golden" if you asked! Follow your heart if you have any desire to know more. Avoid sites and sources that aren't official church sites. There's so much myth and misinformation out there about us! Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Karen N.
Read his scriptures...pray...seek...be humble of heart...obey the promptings of the Spirit. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Karen N.
Tithing is used to build meetinghouses and temples all over the world. They are completely paid for before they are occupied. The Church avoids debt! A great practice. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Karen N.
Thomas R. Monson, who is also the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a prophet, seer, and revelator for all mankind, however. Not just the members of our faith. Show more Show less

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

Karen N.
About how you can take the truths that you have gained and add to them...the fullness of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ that was ordained on the earth in Christ's time. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Karen N.
We believe the Holy Bible (King James Version) to be true so far as it was translated correctly. The Old and New Testaments are witnesses of Christ...as are The Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants. You can, too, but it will take study and sincere and humble prayer...and a willingness to trust your heart. A favorite Proverbs verse of mine is: "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." In The Book of Mormon, read Alma 32. It basically says plant a seed, if a good seed it will grow. Or to me: Try it; you'll like it! Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Karen N.
Another testament of Jesus Christ...and an account of the peoples on the American continent and Christ's appearance to them! God does love all his children! Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Karen N.
Mormons is a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are everyone who embraces this gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Karen N.
No. That is a practice that was discontinued over 100 years ago when it became illegal. The Mormon Church sustains the laws of the land. Only splinter, breakaway groups continue to practice. Was it ever practiced? Yes, but then so was slavery in the USA and elsewhere. Times change, needs and practices change. The Church is progressive in its practices (hence modern day prophets), but the principles of God are eternal and unchanging. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Karen N.
While we don't believe in the Holy Trinity that I did when I grew up a Protestant Christian (Lutheran), we do believe that God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are all members of the Godhead--three separate and distinct beings that are one in purpose. If we are created in our Heavenly Father's image, as we are told in the Holy Bible that we are, and the Trinity were true, we don't reflect as humans that conglomerate. Rather, we are spiritual beings with earthly or temporal bodies. In the instance of the baptism of Jesus Christ, His Heavenly Father spoke from the heavens, and The Holy Ghost descended in the form of a dove. There would have been no need, had the Trinity as defined by many churches existed. I am grateful to know of the distinct roles of the three beings and how perfect their harmony is with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That I have a Heavenly Father and that I have his perfect son, Jesus Christ as my mediator and who suffered and died that not only he, but we, can live eternally. And that I have the spirit and the promptings of the Holy Ghost to guide and comfort me in my life on behalf of the Father and the Son. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Karen N.
By definition, any faith who has a leader that individuals follow could be classified as a cult. Yes, we have presidents of the church who we believe receive revelation on the behalf of its peoples, but we do not BELIEVE IN these leaders. We respect their guidance as having come from the Lord Jesus Christ, but it is Jesus Christ, our mediator with the Father, whom we believe. Jesus Christ is our Savior and atoned for all mankind. He is the God of this earth---our creator in partnership with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Karen N.
Jesus Christ, though revelation to a mortal named Joseph Smith, who prayed to know which church was right when a young man of age 14. Jesus Christ is the foundation of The Church of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was an earthly vehicle to bring the restoration of the gospel to the earth--he served as scribe for and brought forth to mankiind The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Karen N.
The only way one can know for certain is to read, ponder, and pray about the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, which is either of the Lord or of Satan...can't be both. The book spoke truth to me and to my heart, as confirmed by the Holy Spirit. When I first read it, I truthfully did not want to believe it was scripture, as I knew that if I believed it as scripture, it would pull me from my comfort zone, and that I could be subject to ridicule by both family and the public. When I read it, I could not deny it was scripture, therefore I could not deny it came from God. I continue to value it's teachings as a companion to my King James Version of the Holy Bible. I find it interesting when people criticize my faith for having additional scripture. Yet many of the same people use a translated version of the King James Version of the Bible. We know that when books are translated, meaning is lost. Hence, we believe the Bible to be true as far as it has been translated correctly. Another interesting point is that a number of the times in the Bible it states that "this shall not be added to"--which would nullify other parts of the Bible. I believe that The Book of Mormon is true, and that it evidences that Christ visited his peoples not only on the eastern continent, but also on the western continent. An evidence that our loving Heavenly Father does know and love us all. It's teachings reinforce the Bible, do not take away from it. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Karen N.
Faith is a form of pure knowledge...without having to see. It is confirmed by the Holy Ghost, who, in his many roles, is a Testifier. Faith comes only with study, prayer, practicing principles to determine their truth. A great discourse on faith is found in Alma 32 in "THE BOOK OF MORMON: Another Testament of Jesus Christ." It basically tells me that when something rings true, I need to try it, test it. Faith requires action, not simply passive belief. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Karen N.
No and no. You can find all races and colors of peoples throughout the world enjoying membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The same is true for holding the priesthood. God, our Heavenly Father, is no respecter of persons, he loves each man and woman equally, and all are sons and daughters of our loving Heavenly Father who wants each of us to return to Him. And our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is our elder brother who atoned for every person who has ever lived or who will ever live. In my days as a Lutheran, I remember singing a song with the lyrics, "Red or yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world." And my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has never disappointed me in this belief. I am grateful that we are a worldwide church that recognizes everyone is wanted and needed...we are all in the family of God. Show more Show less