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Hi I'm Konnie

I chose the career of motherhood. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay-at-home mom to four great children ages 6-12. They stretch me and tax my talents and abilities like nothing else ever has. I love being a mother. I love being a wife. My husband is an educator, working to make education available online. I like watching him grow with his work, just as I'm growing with mine. In my spare time, I love a good book, make homemade soap, run a neighborhood e-mail group, and help organize a summer camp experience for teenage girls in our congregation. My greatest goal as a mother, a wife, a neighbor and friend is to continuously bring myself, my children, the children I serve, and everyone to Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the quiet, warm feeling I get in my heart, and the light that flows into my mind, when I learn the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ. No matter a person's background, life brings you to questions--about God, about the purpose of life, about what is truth and what is not. I believe questions are an essential part of human existence. Questions bring me to scriptures and prayer, both of which bring direction and answers. I am a Mormon because I believe in the power of the Holy Ghost to confirm truth, to comfort, to direct. I am also a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ, in revelation, in prophets, and in family. I am a Mormon because I am not perfect and need Jesus Christ, my Savior. I need my family and want to be with them always.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon can be demanding, but my life feels more in balance when I make time for things that bring me to God. I pray alone often, night and morning, or during the day. I pray when I'm sad or frustrated. I pray for others when I hear of heartache or problems or tragedy. I pray when I feel gratitude. I pray with my family in the morning, at night, and at mealtimes. I attend church meetings every Sunday that I can. I serve at church in the leadership of our children's organization--the Primary. For Primary, I often teach, conduct meetings, supervise the staffing and organization of individual classes, and plan occasional weekday activities for the children. Our goals for this year are to help each child receive a witness that Jesus Christ is their personal savior, to help each child be a strong contributor to their family, and to help the children learn to love and serve each other. Beyond prayer and primary, I try to read from the scriptures daily, and have two friends I visit to encourage, uplift, and lighten their load any way I can. I have friends who visit me to do the same, and I love our visits together. They help me be a better person. Generally, all of these activities help me focus on Jesus Christ as my strength and my Savior. I feel strongly that He is the Savior of the world, and anything I can do to serve and help people around me, lighten their loads, point them to Him, helps Him with His work.

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

Mormon women are wonderful people! We are diverse. We are educators, writers, artists, volunteers, scientists, soccer moms, CEOs, single, married, Republicans, and Democrats. We are citizens of most every nation of the world. We look like you. We dress like most everyone else--although perhaps a little more conservatively in dress and sleeve lengths. We try to live high moral values of fidelity, honesty, service, and kindness. Our greatest priorities are devotion to family and to Jesus Christ, service to others and service to God. We feel it a God-given directive to develop our talents and abilities and get the best education we can. Historically, we were the first women in the United States to have the right to vote. Mormons believe women and men have equal value to God. Saving ordinances of the gospel are available to all, men and women. Women hold leadership positions in every local unit and on the general level in the Church. Women are not ordained to the priesthood and will not serve as a bishop or apostle. Some would assume that because women aren't given priesthood authority, that men and women are not held equal. That depends on your definition of equal. If equal means being exactly the same in nature and function, then men and women are not and cannot be equal because, even biologically, we are different in nature and function. If equal is a measure of worth and ability to function freely within your own capacity and measure of creation, then men and women are incredibly equal and complementary. I find the fact that my husband has the priesthood to be an equalizing, unifying force in my family. Let me explain: A few months ago, some restructuring happened at my husband's place of employment. My husband was given additional responsibility, and, for the first few months, found himself overwhelmed with work. He was working long days, including many Saturdays. Then he would bring his laptop home and work more here. When he sat down to family dinners or another family activity, he often fell asleep because he was just too worn out to "be" here. I knew the situation was temporary, and that he was working hard to set things in order to allow him to be back with us on a more normal level. But I was lonely. Our children missed him. During this time, I had one of those a-ha understandings pop into my mind. I realized that in our current situation, my husband's influence in our family had pretty much disappeared--except for one thing. That one thing was priesthood authority and his responsibility to preside (lead/direct) in our home. When he was home, we still waited for him to direct family prayers and family scripture study. We could still go to him for a needed blessing. This tied us to him and him to us, and gave him an influence in the family and with his children even during period of absence. This connection through priesthood authority, I realized, was true even in normal work circumstances. My influence is different. I'm the first one our children go to with problems and joys. I'm the one who is here to direct chores and homework. Is it a womb connection a mother has with her children? Sure, if I had the priesthood, I could step in and fulfill responsibilities my husband now has. And I'd probably do a decent job of them. But where would that leave him? And how would that help our family unity and our unity in marriage? I am thankful to be a woman, and I am thankful to be a partner with a man who has priesthood authority and serves his family as God intended. And I feel entirely of equal value to God and to my family and the world. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormons worship Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, the Creator of heaven and earth. We revere and honor Joseph Smith as a mortal prophet called by God to restore sacred truths and authority to the earth--truths and authority from Jesus Christ, under the direction of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was the principle mortal player in the restoration of the the Church of Jesus Christ in the modern era--a founder. People of the United States revere and honor George Washington as one of the principle founders of the United States of America in much the same way.  Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Mormons, along with many other religious people, obey the law of the tithe as set forth in Malachi 8:10: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." God has reasserted the commandment of tithing to us in modern times through modern era prophets. Any person who obeys this law of God, Mormon or not, will be blessed. I invite you to try it. I have witnessed these blessings in my life and the lives of my family. I was raised in a large family. When I was young, my dad was a school teacher, my mom choose motherhood as a career. I think they often struggled to make ends meet, but they paid tithing. We may not have been wealthy, but we had enough for what we needed. My family now is blessed far beyond basics and we know that these blessings--all good things--come from the Lord. In my mind, the 10% is such a little bit that he asks back. Show more Show less