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Hi I'm Karon

I'm a teacher, a wife and mother of four boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother, teacher and lover of music, dance, and literature. My husband and I have been married for 36 years and have four sons, two daughters-in-law, and one wonderful grandson.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was a Mormon, but my father was not. My mother brought me to church when I was school-aged. That is mostly where I learned about God. My mother and father were both good examples to me in that they were both family oriented, honest, hard-working and service-oriented. They always participated in community affairs and looked for ways to help others. My mother was an active church leader and my dad was supportive. I always had faith and believed in God. I don't remember when I started to pray on my own, but I did at an early age. I remember distinctly as a 15-year-old going to the visitor center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, reading the displays and having an overwhelming feeling that this was all true. I read books from the missionary library and continued to go to religion classes through college so that I could know what my church taught as doctrine. My testimony grew more when I studied. Our four sons were very rambunctious and I think they would have turned out much differently if we had not taught them to live the gospel principles. They are so loving and kind to each other and to us. We never worried about them drinking in high school, although they were usually up to some fun-making scheme that was worrisome. The values we have been taught have helped us avoid many pitfalls. I am so grateful to have inner strength from knowing gospel principles taught by a living prophet. It helps me navigate through my life.

How I live my faith

My faith is an integral part of my life. I pray and read in my scriptures every day. Sunday is a special day that we set aside for church and rest. I work with the teenagers at church. We have weekly activities and lessons on Sundays. I also work as a volunteer in the temple and visit or contact three women each month that I am assigned to watch over. My husband and I meet twice a month with an empty-nester gospel study group to discuss topics of our own choosing or just have fun together. We pay tithing, make missionary fund donations, and also donations to humanitarian services. Sometimes we get involved in service projects for humanitarian aid or local needs. When our children were at home, we held a "Family Home Evening" once a week where we taught them about the scriptures, values, and played games together. We also tried to read the scriptures with our children daily. We have supported our sons financially as they served voluntary two-year missions for the church.

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

Karon
You'll find as many different kinds of Mormon women as you do any other classification of women. One thing you should know for sure is that "Yes, we believe in equality of men and women." Women are encouraged to excel in every way. I have had a very busy life pursuing my own personal talents as a choreographer. When my oldest son went to college, I went back, too and then became a teacher. I have certainly never been limited in any way by being a Mormon Woman. Women are not ordained to hold the Priesthood authority, which administers the gospel ordinances and church organization. Women do have every Priesthood blessing, the same as men. Women hold leadership roles and participate in councils. Show more Show less