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Hi I'm Karen Meyer

I'm a Mormon. I grew up Lutheran, then Catholic, then Methodist, Baptist, and finally Mormon.

About Me

I am a grandmother of 11, have 12 children (5 are mine, 7 are hubby's). I used to be an Executive Assistant for a large Pharmaceutical company in Newbury Park, California. Now I am semi retired in Scottsdale and remarried, this time, to my High School Sweetheart, who loves and adores me just the way I am. We met again after I separated from someone who didn't share my love for God and family. When my divorce from an abusive relationship of 35 years was over, my children were grown and I was lost in my work and the love for my grandchildren. I had been told that no one would ever love me. Ted proposed and swept me off my feet to Scottsdale. For our Honeymoon, we went on the Book of Mormon cruise. For me, it was a culmination of seeing first hand what I always believed for 35 years. For Ted, it was the beginning of a new life; seeing first hand what he was reading in the Book of Mormon. He later joined the church and we have been sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa Temple. I balance my life between being an Avon Unit leader, and consulting for Web Designing! I love scrapbooking, sewing, quilting and genealogy, writing novels. I keep very busy as a ward and Stake Genealogist. Most of all, I love doing things for our grandchildren to let them know they are loved and that someone else besides their parents believes in them and has faith in them to make great choices in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Redeemer. I know He Lives. I find miracles in my life every day that He has provided for which I am grateful. I have been a member of 5 different churches in trying to find the truth. At 15, my best friend and I had a sleepover and actually asked each other why were there so many different religions. We both figured that they all had a lot of good points but one had to be more right than another. I began my quest. At 18, I married. At 22, I was a mother. At that time, I belonged to a Church that did not mind if you drank alcohol. One night, we had a drink - a very large drink. I was not expecting my daughter to wake up sick in middle of the night. I had to change her diaper and stuck my finger to the bone with a very sharp, now bent, diaper pin. I realized right there that I could never drink again and be a good parent because I had rationalized that a little wouldn't hurt. Had I not stopped, I would have become an alcoholic, no doubt. I began searching for the right church and found the Mormons. My first encounter was at a July 4th pancake breakfast that they put on for the whole community. It was so wonderful and Patriotic, I thought, "This church loves everything I love. God, my Country, my family." They had classes for families, mothers and wives, fathers and husbands to make them better parents. They too believed that Jesus Christ died for our sins, but he lives today in Heaven and if I keep my covenants, I can live with Him again in Heaven for eternity with my family.

How I live my faith

I am the Ward Genealogist. It gives me great pleasure to help people build their family trees so that their children can see how far back their ancestors go! No greater love have I in my heart for these friends, than when I put their tree online, we connect with someone who has pictures of their relatives, which they did not think could exist! To see that light of love in their eyes for their forefathers is a blessing to me! To watch them view their Great Grandfathers handwriting on his WWI draft card, and witness that his eyes and hair were the same color as theirs, makes me tear up. They feel a connection that can't be surpassed. These people are in Heaven waiting for us. They are rooting for us to make good choices. They delight in watching the first steps of our children. They are waiting for us to seal them to their loved ones for time and all eternity, not just 'til death do you part. Their hope lies in us. Read 1Corinthinans: 15:29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?

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

Karen Meyer
I saw amazing blessings to stories of praying after consecrating our tithing to Him and then finding something that was absolutely lost. During a dark period, we went out to dinner at a burger place and found a game piece winning the front half of a toyota van and saved it in the glove compartment of the car, which, if won, meant we could all go somewhere together and not make 2 trips or cheat with combined seatbelts. . All we had to do was find the back end. Our car was stolen. The ticket we had won was gone. Our whole family had to ride bikes together to get the shopping done and when we went out for Burgers - we WON the BACK half of the car...Call it fate, we didn't win the Van, but we gained much more. In those weeks where we had to do everything on bikes, life was more of an adventure, more fun. We really bonded and that was the actual blessing of doing our tithing. Then a family donated their van to the ward to fix up and give to a family in need. It was so exciting to go out there on Christmas Day and see a big bow around the car. So you don't always get exactly what you want, but God provides in other ways which are equally as pleasing. A friend who left the church told me, "Whatever you do, don't stop paying tithing...that is when all our problems began. Show more Show less

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

Karen Meyer
I have always been fascinated by and His teachings and miracles.. To the Christian world the most well-known collection of scriptures is the Holy Bible. In addition to the Bible, Latter-day Saints accept the following books as scripture: ■The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, a record of God’s dealings with the inhabitants of ancient America (2000 BC – 400 AD). I was amazed at the people of Mayan heritage who gave us the chance to see how their white bearded GOD in whiterobes, descended to them as in a cloud. Standing on a pyramid in those lands was the culmination of 35 years of believing on faith just to have it shown to me in person. My new husband, read John Lund's book on MesoAmerica and how it correlated to the Book of Mormon. Standing up there, he realized that what he was learning about was true and had the faith to know more. He got Baptized, then we were sealed, and is now the Ward Mission Leader. He brings a sense of wonderment and joy to the ward. ■The Doctrine and Covenants, a collection of revelations and inspired declarations given for the establishment and regulation of the Church of Jesus Christ in the last days (1830 AD – 1978 AD). I see them in my mind,trying to go about their lives then suddenly they can only fit so much into a cart or wagon. They have to decide what to take. That must have been hard. I am also fascinated with pioneer stories of courage and faith. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Karen Meyer
As someone whose marriage was shattered by this terrible vice, I can tell you that it is not your fault. A woman can be loving, kind, passionate, dedicated to keeping her marriage vows sacred, and when her husband chooses this vice over her, it can be devastating to her self-esteem. Pornography is a sickness. It is a sickness that robs his very soul of the ability to bond and love her and their children the way God intended. When he is ready, he will get help. All you can do is forgive him and move on and try to recover what dignity and decorum you can to preserve your mind, body and soul and finally, your heart. When you do your best to keep your end of the marriage commitment, you will be blessed. Under advisement, and35 years, I finally freed my husband of what he felt were shackles. I have forgiven him and I still pray that he will turn his life around and find total peace in the sanctuary of following Christ's word and our Prophet's as well. You must do what you can to protect you and your children. So, be loud about helping battered, emotionally and physically abused women. Be firm about your feelings of exploiting women in any venue. Gordon B. Hinckley said, "We are not likely to get that which we do not speak up for. Let our voices be heard. I hope they will not be shrill voices, but I hope we shall speak with such conviction that those to whom we speak shall know of the strength of our feeling and the sincerity of our effort.” Show more Show less