Thursday, June 29, 2017

Last Week I experienced an amazing Miracle!

See you can find good clean interesting reading online! Thanks for reading Under Cover!

I was trying to figure out which of my 6 businesses I wanted to focus on.  I finally decided to pray about that.  I don't know why I didn't do that earlier except that the way I was raised, you weren't supposed to pray for yourself, as it was considered selfish in that religion.  You were really really not supposed to pray for a horse, or for money, or for new roller skates for yourself - that was the bottom line.  When  you are raised like that, it's SO easy to pray for everyone else except yourself.

Suffice it to say, I tried it.  I had written 6 novels in 1988-1992 and did not do anything with them.  My self esteem was pretty fragile and I didn't want to be rejected so they sat in a closet.  When I moved there, I put them in a box and brought them but the box got lost.  After I prayed about them, I actually was inspired to walk to the certain closet that we had searched several times over the years, opened one box and there they were.  To me that said, you need to focus on this.

Of course since was my original goal was to have something to show my grand kids when I was gone, it could also mean that maybe my time is coming sooner than I thought and I should get off the stick and start typing them into the computer, because they are all in manuscript format!  Even on the old computer paper that is in one long roll and you have to rip the little dotted sides off to separate all the pages!

We are having some fun - my daughters are doing some of the illustrations and working on Video Trailers up in Utah.  Valerie has been interviewing people for the Book Trailer video.

So I've listed them on my site

Keep watching - as soon as it gets processed you will see good clean literature on Amazon!

Just wanted to do a shout out to all my friends and say thank you for helping to make this book a hit.  It's being published in 9 countries!  When I was writing this it was because my kids wanted to read Sweet Valley Twins and I wanted them to read more uplifting and clean reading.  So if you can't find it, you create it.

So good news today.....

This is pretty exciting. The book trailer for my book on @Amazon and @Goodreads is out!

Just search Amazon "Karen Meyer Under Cover" it comes right.  It's only 1.99 for Kindle and 5.90 for a paperback.  Thank you all for helping to remind people that there is lots of great reading out there. Please show a reaction to the trailer on So the PR person in Italy will be thrilled. She did a great job!

Stay tuned - I'm going to let you know later about my Family History Project to help people find their families.

Karen Meyer

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Getting more Young Women and Young Men to learn about Family HIstory

We are always trying to come up with innovative ways to involve Young Women and Young Men in Family History.  We have started encouraging extending callings them to become Temple and Family History Consultants.

With (an instant training program to get them off and running), to teaching them how to use the Consultant planner (, they can become a Ward Hero in 5 minutes as it shows them how to find instant successes, i.e., Temple Opportunities, Find a Grave records and Vital Records to attach to files, Memories of Pioneers and War Heroes to attach are easily pointed out to them for "click on me" instant access.

Their self esteem is increased as their success record exudes smiles on their audience.  It's a blessing to see!  So to complete the invitation, I created some cards to get them excited about coming in and experiencing Find, take and Teach.  Here is a picture of what the Young Women could create to take to less actives and new converts.

When someone has a fan chart on their wall, those spirits, no doubt, reach out to them from beyond the veil and remind them that they are still there everytime the person walks by the chart.

I will scan these into a pdf or jpg and upload them to our blogs at and  I hope these bring you joy and rallied interest in family history which will bring the Lord's work to Pass.  You can right click on these and download them - print them on card stock you can get at Office Max or Staples.

I used the double stick pop up tape for the back of the little rainbow colored flag.

Blessings to all!
Br Ted and Sr Karen Meyer,
North America South West
Temple and Family History Consultants
Scottsdale Coordinating Council

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Let me paint the picture.  You are at a Ward Council meeting and the Bishop looks to you for support - for a report on how the Ward is doing with Family History.  What is your progress?  What are the Consultants working on?  Wouldn't you like to have the answers?

Wouldn't you like to say, "We have 35% increased activity this month with 7 Consultants actively calling and scheduling appointments to go over the Consultant Planner with the members.  Last Month we taught 6 people this month we  taught 11".

This template will allow you to get the numbers and every month, when the Consultants share the template on a -  they can make calls, find out information and log it here.  At the Bottom, it tallies all the logistical information and when you click on report, it shows a printable  report that is already formatted.

This template allows for the Lead TFHC to print a report at the end of the month just by clicking on the tab at the bottom


Here is the link to download:!AjS2RGb0p-4PgRxC2gDcL3Lh5ALh


You add your Ward name at the bottom of the 1st page, add the date

2.  When you add your consultant's names, they become a drop down list
in the top of the template so that they can document with their own name as they work with people

3.  You can choose what skills you want  your Ward to learn, these at the bottom of this report form a drop down list of skills that the Consultant worked with which he or she can click on to update the file.

4.  It will also keep track of:

1.   how many fan charts we have placed in homes,
2.   how many people need someone to help them do ordinances,
3.   How many people learned how to upload a Memory (picture, story, audio file of relative interview)
4.   How many people learned to properly source their documentation.
5.   And for leadership, who has expressed an interest in wanting to help others learn how to do family history.

Now you have numbers to talk about in Ward Council.  You just became a Hero for your Ward.   Don't you feel great?

This has been a great help to other Stakes - I hope you will let me know how it is improving yours!


Here are the instructions in a Powerpoint Format!AjS2RGb0p-4PgQschXN0kLGyzuFW

Here are the instructions in a PDF format!AjS2RGb0p-4PgQ2hTGwqeThJijmS

Email us at - let us know how you are doing!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Blessings of learning out our Ancestors Medical History

Using clues from the past to solve your Grandchildren's medical problems

Death Certificates are not necessarily a depressing document.  Some people do not like to look for Death Certificates because they feel like it is morose subject.   Others have found that just a glimpse to the past, will help them fix the problems that may arise because of a hereditary gene that may predispose them or their children to a disease that killed an ancestor...or several ancestors.

In my family, looking at the death certificates, the most were some form of cancer - mostly lung (from smoking or being around second hand smoke),  colon cancer (from years high fat diet), and coronary problems (many uncles and father had quadruple bypass surgeries).

I know of other families where the grandparent's doing family research helped solve a cancer problem in the kidneys that plagued their family for decades.  The only way the doctor knew it was hereditary was because of the diligent efforts of mapping by documentation of death certificates.

Some mental and nervous conditions in prior decades were from consanguineous relations or marrying a cousin or sibling and then bearing children.

Interesting articles
Diseases by inbreeding started to clear up after 1865.  Until then, it was not against the law to marry a cousin in 13 states.   By having a gene pool which is narrow, allows for diseases such as:

Laws regarding first-cousin marriage in the United States
  First-cousin marriage is legal
  Allowed with requirements or exceptions
  Banned with exceptions1
  Statute bans first-cousin marriage1
  Criminal offense1
The following is from:
In 1846, Massachusetts Governor George N. Briggs appointed a commission to study "idiots" in the state, and this study implicated cousin marriage as responsible for idiocy. Within the next two decades, numerous reports (e.g., one from the Kentucky Deaf and Dumb Asylum) appeared with similar conclusions: that cousin marriage sometimes resulted in deafnessblindness, and idiocy. Perhaps most important was the report of physician Samuel Merrifield Bemiss for the American Medical Association, which concluded cousin inbreeding does lead to the physical and mental depravation of the offspring". Despite being contradicted by other studies like those of George Darwin and Alan Huth in England and Robert Newman in New York, the report's conclusions were widely accepted.[23]
These developments led to 13 states and territories passing cousin marriage prohibitions by the 1880s. Though contemporaneous, the eugenics movement did not play much of a direct role in the bans. George Louis Arner in 1908 considered the ban a clumsy and ineffective method of eugenics, which he thought would eventually be replaced by more refined techniques. By the 1920s, the number of bans had doubled.[5] Since that time, Kentucky (1943), Maine (1985) [ETA: First cousin marriage is legal in Maine so long as the couple undergoes genetic counseling to ensure that – should the couple wish to have children - there is little-to-no risk of serious health defect], and Texas (2005) have also banned cousin marriage. The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws unanimously recommended in 1970 that all such laws should be repealed, but no state has dropped its prohibition.[3][10][24]

The following is from:,_Consanguinity_and_Inherited_Diseases


Inbreeding describes the mating between two blood relative (consanguineous relatives), the degree of inbreeding is normally measure Coefficient of Inbreeding. The value of this coefficient is equal to the probability that an individual will have inherit 2 alleles of a gene that are "identical by descent" (the same form of an allele inherited from a single common ancestor). The coefficient is of medical significant when considering autosomal recessive conditions and genetic load. The phenomenon by which the number of individuals affected by autosomal recessive disorders increases due to inbreeding is referred to as inbreeding depression and results in the reduction of the overall fitness of a population.
Inbreeding is used to create inbred strains of rats and mice (normally requires 20 generations of inbreeding) which are genetically identical. Members of the inbred stain can be genetically altered normally by knocking out or altering a single gene to observe its effect. They have provided a large deal of information about the function of specific genes.


A consanguineous marriage/mating is considered as being between two individuals who are 1st to 4th degree relatives, when considering 1st degree relatives the term incestuous marriage/mating (or simply incest) is often used. The degree to which two people are related is usual measured via the Coefficient of Relatedness which is also referred to as the coefficient of consanguinity. The value generated represents the proportion of identical by descent alleles that two individuals will share.
Degree of RelationshipExample of relativeCoefficient of Relatedness
1stBrother, Sister, Mother, Father, Daughter, Son1/2
2ndGrandfather, Grandmother, Granddaughter, Grandson, Nephew, Uncle1/4
3rdGreat Grandfather, Great Granddaughter, Cousins, Great Nephew1/8
4thGreat Great Grandfather, Great Great Grandson, Great Great nephew1/16
In a normal population only about 1% of marriages will be consanguineous however in some isolated small populations this level can increase to in excess of 40%. This level of inbreeding also occurs after events that cause large reductions in a number of individuals in a population, such events are referred to as bottle neck events.

Inherited Diseases

Mendel identified two patterns of inheritance of traits which he explained as being due to some alleles being dominant while others are recessive, explained by his Laws of Inheritance. The patterns of inheritance were seen to only be accurate for autosomes and not genes carried on the sex chromosomes therefore diseases inherited in a manner true to either of the patterns are referred to as autosomal dominant or autosomal recessive. In addition to being inherited in a mendelian fashion some disease display Extrachromosomal and Non-Mendelian Inheritance.
Autosomal RecessiveAutosomal DominantX linked RecessiveX linked DominantImprintingMitochondrialMultifactorial
AlbanismOsteogenesis imperfectaHemophilia AVitamin D Resistant RicketsAngelman SyndromeLeber's hereditary optic neuropathyCrohn's Disease
Sickle Cell AnemiaAchondroplasiaHemophilia BIncontinentia PigmentiPrader-Willi SyndromeDiabetes mellitus and deafnessAutism
Cystic FibrosisHuntington's DiseaseX linked Colour BlindnessRett SyndromeDiabetes Mellitus
PhenylketonuriaFamilial HypercholesterolemiaDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy


Related Articles


  • Křenova D., Otová B., (2009), How To Practise Biological And Medical Genetics, Karolinum Press, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Passarge E., (2007), Color Atlas of Genetic, Third Edition, Theime, New York, USA

The following is from:

Down Syndrome caused by too close gene pools?  Here's a great answer as to why genetic testing can allay all your fears.  
Originally posted by kel0212:
I hope i'm not bothering you with a very trival question, but i need to know the answer to this question before i can make an important decision in my life.... Is there scientific prove or explainations that says that there are an increase chances of giving birth to childrens with down syndrome when the parents are first cousins or are closely related in blood ties ? i know this may be maybe a stupid question but i have heard from frens that this might be true, and i just want more information and facts on it. Thanks for spending the time reading my email and regards.

First cousins do not have an increased chance in having children with Down syndrome just by virtue of being first cousins. However there are people who have an increased chance of translocations but this usually isn't known until after the first or second baby with DS is born. If you know of a number of Down syndrome births in your parents' families, it would be a good idea to go to a high-risk prenatal department of a university hospital and ask to be tested to see if you are a carrier. This is also true for a number of other conditions. In the case of close relatives...there is the chance that both parents may have inherited genes that together will double the chances that some disease will be passed on to their children. Your questions should be taken to a genetic-counsellor.

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True story from my own family from Oklahoma.  In the 1920s, Great Uncle Clarence Collins married a first cousin.  The Doctor told them they couldn't have children.  A cousin that I met in the search of more information on my family said with a southern drawl over the phone, "Now, you know the story about Uncle Clarence, right?"  I did know the story from my relative's perspective, so I said, "What story do YOU know?"  She said, "Well, the Doctor told them that they couldn't have children, and do you know, they had 10 children.  Now, none of them lived very long, but they sure showed that Doctor that they could have children!"  I said, " I heard a similar story, but I heard that because they were first cousins, and the complications that could arise from intermarrying, not that they COULDN"T have children....but that they SHOULDN'T.

I hope this sheds some light on some very controversial talking points.

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