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Hi I'm Karlyn

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and teach piano to incredible students. Music a huge part of my life.

About Me

A mother of 5, grandmother to 19, and great-grandmother to 36 - soon to be 41...and loving every one of them ...I have also been blessed with music all of my life, growing up with a concert-tenor father, a mother who played, and a family who sang/performed together. I teach a large piano studio, continue to perform, conduct incredible choirs - including Expo '74 Mormon Choir - the official expo choir, composer of musicals created with a dear friend and which we have been allowed performance many times over. My husband is also very musical and participates with me in all of these events. We have also performed as a family many times, our children all musical and loving, sharing in musical events as well. We all love the message and spirit music brings to our lives and the lives of the many with whom we connect. Additionally, our family is very sports minded, and thoroughly enjoy yearly family reunions in spite of being spread all over the country", now. " It's ALL about family, sharing, growing together.

Why I am a Mormon

Why do I choose to be a "Mormon"?....The reasons are vast and unending. As I ponder the experiences over my lifetime, memories of wonderful family times, friendships with other members and NON-members alike fill my heart. The blessing/possibility of continuing these family and friendship relationships throughout the eternities makes me want to be a better person, mother, grandmother, friend, teacher. His gospel brings so much order and reason to this otherwise chaotic mortal sojourn and for that I will be eternally grateful. I know this gospel to be true. love it with all my heart and soul, and am so grateful to be a part of a family whose members share these same feelings, stirrings for a "Forever Family". That's what "it" is really all about. The answers to "Where did I come from", "Why am I here", and "Where am I going" become very relevant everyday, and to know there is a Father in Heaven who really cares about me, knows me, and loves me brings peace and comfort, order and reason to earthly experiences. How grateful I am for His Plan of Happiness - Salvation, and to know that He and His Son, Jesus Christ, want us all to return home to them. This makes all of mortality 'doable' and even exciting.

How I live my faith

A life-time member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it has been my privilege to serve in just about every capacity possible over these many years, including choir director, organist since age of 10 - a position I yet continue to serve in and love, as a teacher of youth and adults, and leader of auxiliary organizations. Multi opportunities as a composer of musical dramas - especially Easter and Christmas times - have blessed my life, being able to not only compose the music for these events, but conduct the choirs/soloists for them as well. Incredible memories and friendships have been forged through these performances with members and non-members alike. It has also been my rare and great blessing to be able to perform as a soloist - classically-trained pianist - numerous times with great vocalists who I accompanied and with whom I shared these events, allowing me much growth and personal pleasure. Additionally, leadership positions have been many and varied. Service projects with family and church members have added much to my life.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Karlyn
Personally, I am grateful for the wisdom exercised in delineating the responsibilities of men and women. Both women and men have such incredibly difficult and important roles to play, and must be equally 'yoked', but also aware and mindful of each other's varying roles in life and in a family. It is a great blessing to be a woman, a mother - to be able to give birth to children which a man cannot nor can never do, a wife, a nurturer and homemaker. This is a huge assignment. It is enough! How much easier her role if the man assumes his role as Patriarch, husband, father, wage earner, team-teacher in the home. Both frees the other to do a better job of these tremendous responsibilities. To know that Heaven requires BOTH together to enter the Celestial Kingdom confirms that women do indeed have a place in the Order and Priesthood of God. I give thanks to be a woman in His Kingdom, and know that my role is equally important. Show more Show less

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

Karlyn
It has been said so well in the Family Proclamation, and in the answer stated in the official Church Answer. I would just add my "amen" to these powerful and timely words. Women and men - CO-partners, equal partners in His scheme of things. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Karlyn
I like to think that EVERYONE can enter the Temple....they just have to prepare themselves, through baptism and living a worthy life, and receive a recommend which confirms that they are worthy to enter this most sacred edifice.....and ready to receive all that our Father and His Son have prepared for us to receive therein. Not everyone is ready to understand such information and blessings, and the effort would be wasted, consequently. To learn about eternity, receive these sacred ordinances, and to bind families together is an awesome blessing, and not to be treated lightly or frivolously. Show more Show less