Thursday, November 15, 2018

How long will you make it on your 401k?

     Will your 401k last you?  Want some ideas on how to stretch it out?  Let us be your mentors.  
We took the self reliance class with the church.  It was great.  Now we help other women to become successful.  Are you one of those successful people? 

     How would you like to fund your retirement income just by cleaning out your garage?   Several of us took the Church’s Self Reliance class and every year we get together and open my house as a Holiday Boutique.  It’s on Saturday, December 8 from 10-5....And there will be food to nourish you when you fall weak from shopping.  There will be lots of raffles and even if you breeze in and out you are still eligible to win!  Come with a list of questions and call to let us know you’re coming to reserve a goodie bag.  480 262 3525

     Mlee Clark will be on hand this year to show you how you can be healed or heal others with essential oils. She can also give you a hand, neck or shoulder massage (with my AVON hypoallergenic Hand creams)or give you an idea of how to become a licensed Massage Therapist. 

      Deltha Nelson (yes, President Nelson’s better half) from Camel View inherited a whole garage of material and she can show you how she does crazy interesting styles to create and sell aprons. Her store is called Apron Therapy and if you want a cute one come early as last year she was sold out by noon!   I’m sending some cute sneak peak pics under separate cover.

     I started learning web design in 1992 and devoted myself to helping other moms start an online business. All you would have to pay is the Godaddy fee for the name and I could get you advertising online. 

     Our self reliance class finally gave me the courage to start publishing my LDS (clean reading) novels and they are doing fine.  25 years ago it cost 2,000. Now I can show you how to tell your story in print for FREE, that’s right, for free.  Sandy Hannon, from El Dorado Ward considers herself a reading connoisseur and has read  all my novels. They will be there for only 5.00 and she is in charge.More on Karen's Novels

     This is also the debut of my jewelry line Kastle Kreations.  I’m on Etsy as Kastle Kreations Gifts and I have a new website  There’s not much on it yet because it’s gone in-between the time I can take a picture and try to put it online!  There will be lots at the Boutique. My style is to make it beautiful and hypoallergenic!  I use Swarovski crystal, gemstones and Murano glass beads from Italy but not on metal chains. 

     If you make jewelry and want to come set up a table please join us!  Or maybe you do something else really amazing.  Bring it!  Let’s celebrate 🎉 your talent and see if we can help your special years be less lean.   I turned 65 today and I say let’s do this in style and help as many others along the way as well!

Love ya!
Karen Meyer, Mountain Shadows Ward
Deltha NelSon, Camelview Ward
Mlee Clark, Coronado Ward
Amber Monroy, Gilbert Ward
Sandy Hannon, El Dorado Ward

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Christmas Lights - Romance blooms in Arizona

The Christmas Lights
answers the question:
Does Divine Intervention play a part in Romance?

Not looking for love, return Missionary Sam Sorensen from a family of five boys and one girl returns to the Y to finish up his last year in Journalism.  He nails the campus Disc Jockey Job and uses it to fast forward his resume potential upon graduation in 8 months.  In the meantime, he decides to sell some books back to the school to get new ones for his final year.  In doing so, he spies his dream girl and then loses her in the campus crowd.  Determined to succeed, he forges on, but she is always on his mind.

Heidi Johnson, from a family of 5 girls, also not looking for love, has just finished another year as a summer camp counselor and has received a permanent job offer to return when she graduates.  She is mesmerized by the Disc Jockey Singin' Sam's performances on the radio but she has never met him.

Heidi's family is from Malibu.  Sam's family is from Gilbert, Arizona.  Heidi's Father gets a job promotion and an opportunity for a huge raise and increased standard of living, however they must leave Malibu and move to Gilbert.  They happen to pick the home next door to Sam's family.

What will happen when they finally meet?
Can they survive the Christmas Carnival?
Someone thinks Christmas needs to be saved!
Who is the hero when two people try to kidnap Heidi and Sam's Sisters at the Temple Decoration night?
Why do the toddlers wander off on a Christmas Odyssey?

What is it about each other that makes them so irresistible?

Monday, October 8, 2018

 All three of us took a Self Reliance Course through our church to help our businesses flourish.  We are excited to show you our talents that we made into home businesses.  Thanks for setting the date aside.  It's really good that you are coming

Save the Date!
Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10-4pm

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Family History Escape Room Game Plans - Everything you need!

Sally's Parents do not know who the Ghost is.  
They only know that his cryptic messages he has left in the attic
 may be the key to either some serious treasure, or may even lead them to documentation which could land Sally a College Scholarship, being the Great, Great, Great Granddaughter of a Civil War Hero.

Help them uncover the treasure

Complete game plan - laid out in Powerpoint, Word and all the clues - ready to put on this week if you want.  You just supply the various locks and props that are in the script.  Loads of fun and without realizing it, the YSA or YW/YM get some lessons in how to research using keywords and valuable life learning tools!

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Where did I get my props? 

Ebay and

I searched for locks and lock boxes and puzzle boxes.  Then I tried them out on all my kids (we have 12! So that was easy.  I asked them to all give these a try and watched how long it took them to open them.   One was a Physics Masters Graduate.  He finished all three in less than 10 minutes.  Everyone else was done in about 20-25.  Now my goal is to keep the YSA busy for at least an hour, so I have enough of these twists and turns in my program to do that.

You can use whatever locks you want.  You can change the pictures of locks or clues.  It's all changeable except the story line.
You could also use my storyline as a matrix, and write one of your own and sell it to others who need this type of fun.  That's how I got started.  I bought one but I didn't copy theirs so their plot and clues are still safe.

It is work to work out all the twists and turns so I don't feel guilty charging for my time to create and prepare this for others.  Feel free to email me and ask questions.  Of course, all of our own 9 Stakes and Stake Presidencies are getting my creation for free ;)

Karen S Meyer,

Just $20.00 Sent via email, so make sure I have your email address and paypal account name so I can tie the two together and send you the link to our onedrive.  Remember all the locks and things below were at ebay sometimes for less than 2.00.

(Yes, it may not seem fair, but the Stake Presidencies we represent will get the Game Plan for free.)

Here are some of the fun locks I found.  Some open with the Alphabet and others open with numbers.  I had to code my clues to what each lock can do, but you can change that part to amend whatever prop you like.  They are on sale at ebay right now - LOOK FOR:  5 LETTER LOCKS OR ESCAPE ROOM LOCKS AND PUZZLE BOXES

The shipping is pricey if you pay for 1 w/ shipping (15.00 med box priority mail) I will give you the option of
whichever one sounds good to you, or BOTH SENT ELECTRONICALLY and you'll save 5.00


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What is clean reading?

Ever see any of your friends on Goodreads and wonder why they are reading novels with horrendous words, pictures and ideas that pollute your mind?  I still do!

I wanted to create something for my family that would let them enjoy the experience of reading adventure and spy novels, but do not have explicit love scenes, or foul language.  It IS possible to live a provident live without those words and scenes.  You don't have to be a Mormon to enjoy a good Spy novel or love story.

I hope you will give my books a chance.  Even your family could read these, though, my test group were over 80 and they said, it made their heart race a bit.  So if you are feint of heart, steer clear, my LDS characters do get themselves into trouble and occasionally they need to use their weapons to get themselves out.

All of my books are .99 or free on Kindle Unlimited because it is more important to me that the world enjoy "clean" reading (no bad language) than to make money.  To have something to hand down to my grandchildren is the best intent for my project.  


Rex Sloan was bullied in High School, and not just by non-members either.  He was driven to pursue his first love of intellectual studies instead of a girlfriend.  He sought a career after his Mission to focus on, instead of marriage, which he put on the back burner to percolate.  Having trust issues, he has received a 20 year Reunion invitation which causes some anxiety.  In addition, his identity has been stolen.  He is a multi-millionaire and is having some trouble getting the Beverly Hills Police department to jump in and help him solve the mystery.  He does his own sleuth work and through investigating, finds the culprit, but keeps the mystery going as he does not reveal his
true identity.

Enjoy Private Eye Sloan and find the real thief...the one who stole his heart!



Two teens are in their Senior year and planning their lives.  They quickly learn that when we plan and are not in symphony with what Heavenly Father has planned for us our destiny becomes Uncharted.  They try to get on the path by being more in tune and understanding that Plan B may sometimes just be what He really wanted us to experience.   In the meantime, as you get to know both families, you find that one has a dark past involving World War II Stolen Art pieces.  The current generations are oblivious to this because the  Great Grandfather has not documented his family history.  He has it all in his head, hoping to find the clue his cousin left for him to clear the family of any wrongdoing by association. 

The book is a great tool for parents of youth getting ready to leave home.  

What do they need to know that first year that will help them become positive thinking, assertive young adults?

Under Cover!

(watch for a new video about this soon!)

Andie and Anson are new to the FBI field.  Recently graduated, their first mission is in California.  The job is to unmask Russian Spies who have infiltrated and stolen plans for the newest Stealth Bomber.   The FBI Chief gives the couple a beautiful home across the street from the spy and his family, allowing Anson to carpool with his neighbor to work.  Their cover is that they are a newlywed Mormon couple. 

 Now, if you have ever been a convert, you know how easy it is to misunderstand that "different" vernacular of LDS people.  So how would you like to be thrown into an undercover position without a Mormon jargon translation book?  This causes some misunderstandings which have actually occurred in convert's lives.  The funniest scene is probably trying to have an intelligent discussion with the Bishop.  Nothing gets past him.

Quest for Peace

Katie McMasters lost her brother in an accident.  Her father always treated him a little better but not because he didn't like her, it was just easier for him to relate to a boy.  Now, the father has lost his testimony, his son, and is badly injured.  Their sheep have to go to market in the fall and moving them to the lake pasture for the summer was always Tom and Pa's job.  Katie takes on the challenge to take care of them all by herself, with the help of Shep her dog, Pepper her horse and whatever knowledge Ma has imparted all these 13 years.  She is alone in a dangerous world, exposed to predators of all kinds and her goal is to make her Father proud.

Harriet Heads for Hollywood

This is a silly kids book written to teach my children to give to others instead of taking all the time.  Hey, it worked.  They are all amazing people so maybe Harriet had a hand in that.

Harriet is a Horse who does not hide her talents under a bushel.  She is the entertainment of the barnyard.  The Farmer does not want her to go off to try to be on Animal Star Search.  He decides to give her some perks of the job.  That's not good enough.  Her friends give her the Farmer's tractor and help her with directions to a little town in California called Newbury Park.  She can stay with the Owl's cousin and his family while she auditions.  The problem is, she never learned to read.  He helps her learn the word N E W so that whenever she sees that, she will stop.  She ends up going all over America in search of her goal, but giving service to others and helping them reach their goals instead.  It's a rewarding life that she is living and it gives her time to rethink what she really wants to do in this life.

This book teaches others about selfless service - it's not just another silly horse story.  Just read it and laugh...then read it to your youth and they will learn.

The Ocean Adventure

Living with someone with a big ego is difficult, especially when he is a workaholic.  Deke has a big family but he is missing out  on their youth because of his passion for his work.  It's his turn to plan the family vacation but he is missing out on their youth because of his passion for his work.  He decides to make it the "Vacation they will never forget!" and plans a one-day ocean excursion, which turns into a comedy of errors, terror and possibly before the day is over felonies will have been committed.  He learns his lesson, but those with the most integrity will decide if the correct choices were made.  He has lots of options and chances to right the wrongs and show his kids that he has integrity.  

Finding Your Treasure
Finding Mormon Treasure

We are all in search of the treasure of our lives of some kind.  For Tom, it is the treasure of family and the wish to be reunited with them after a tragic accident.  For Summer, it is in finding something that her Great Grandmother left at the property Summer inherited for her when Great Grandma Essie passed away.  
Tom and Summer meet in a comedy and adventure of errors and misjudgments and help the police with a sting operation to capture some notorious drug lords.  This novel is a fun way to learn how to and how NOT to communicate effectively!  It is a Romantic Comedy, but also a Mystery Adventure at the same time.

The Sequel to Under Cover, Escape from Cancun
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The Sequel to Uncharted Destiny, Destiny Unfolds 

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Peruvian Celebration
in Fun*Food*Family*and Family History
Dancers - Music
Cultural Event
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Hope you are able to attend a Fun Event this Saturday from Noon to 3 - Free to the Community,-111.936387,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x872b7495d5b3968d:0x23b7a45682b9003b!8m2!3d33.57881!4d-111.934193

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Publishing my 9th novel this week!

In 1988, to survive an emotionally abusive, loveless marriage, I wrote LDS love stories, mysteries and spy novels. The characters were all LDS but had to use Gospel principles to make their lives better.  They had to be strong to survive.  That is what I eventually became...stronger thru the power of God.

They went into a box when my first husband said no one would ever buy them.  This year , my adoring husband Ted convinced me to have them published, but where were they?I finally had the courage this year to pray about them, walk right to them and start publishing them on Amazon.

I hope you enjoy my newest one, a sequel to Uncharted Destiny. It’s called Destiny Unfolds and will be on my Amazon site in just a few day.

Fun!  At my daughter’s college graduation I saw the girl who plays Lexie in the novel and the trailer on my page

Just like Lexie, Emily graduated from College!  Got a pic for the book!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Temple and Family History Consultant Instructions...

How and why to use the Consultant Planner

We were hearing things like:
I haven't been trained.
I don't know what to do?
What am I supposed to be doing with my time in this calling?

Ahh...the answers are below
click on the updated PDF in our Onedrive!AjS2RGb0p-4PgkCeH17Kl9VuFCHo

Print out these flip cards, 
connect them with a ring, (I laminate mine)
Follow the steps until they are firmly in your mind, but always make a copy for the person you are training.

April Newsletter - NASW family history - Scottsdale Coordinating Council

Saturday, March 24, 2018

What if your relatives are gone tomorrow?

At Roots Tech this year, there was a lot of emphasis on preserving your family on video, and on tape - even on your cell phone.  It's true, only you can hear them in your mind when they leave.  It's a final chance to do the right thing.

Even if they call your cell phone and you keep the message.  Do you realize what a blessing that is??  That could mean the world to one of your children or grandchildren.  We hope that these ideas will spurn a desire to spread out and interview not only the Heads of your family but relatives who know them.  Tell a story from all angles.  

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Strive to do something before Conference. I hope you have finished doing something special by then.  What a wonderful feather in your cap that would be! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

FREE LDS Adventure Book giveaway

Destiny Unfolds

 Destiny Unfolds is Volume 2 in the Destiny Series - By Karen S. Meyer - Free Give away contest at
Uncharted Destiny is Volume 1 in the Destiny Series

Zack Scott and Lexie Murphy are high school students in Uncharted Destiny who are learning that what they want is not always what God wants for them and to have Charted Destiny is to be in alignment with His plan.  Fun and chaotic family adventures would describe the Murphy family.  Old world money, only child and upper class would describe Zack Scott's world.  He needs tutoring in German so that he can one day take over his family's antique and clock store, Timeless Treasures and the Grandfather Clock Factory, which is a long time handed down tradition in the Scott Family.  Only a few people in the world know the Scott family secrets which have to do with Zack's GGGreat Uncle Rolfe Hess being a former member of the SS death squad at a young impressionable teen.  Unfortunate family events make him flee the country, but the SS cousin Rudolph Hess keeps his grips on him by forcing him to hide stolen art, gold and money.  Over 70 years later, Zack and Lexie begin the hunt to uncover and redeem the family name by giving back to society that which is the property of the descendants of Germany, Poland, France and Austria.

Destiny Unfolds take up 3 years later as Lexie graduates early from BYU with a degree in Art History and Zack returns from his mission in Hamburg.  They fall in love, marry and begin a new life helping to restore some grace to society by helping law enforcement track down more stolen art.  Follow them to Argentina where they are hot on the trail of someone who knows exactly where to look.  Of course, a series of events always seem to try to topple them but they always seem to  come up smiling and push on to success.

Uncharted Destiny is on Amazon now.  Both books will be found on - Destiny Unfolds will be released in April but there is a  contest to win a free book at several copies will be given away.  Just register before April 1, 2018

Under Cover began as two FBI agents are reluctantly accepting of an assignment to work together.  There is animosity as partners, but their Chief would like them to take an assignment to break up a Russian spy ring in California.  Set in Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks, they are given a home across from the suspect and his family and asked to portray a typical newlywed LDS couple.

Anyone who has ever been a convert knows that it is not easy at first to assimilate that position as the vernacular of LDS people is a little different than the normal public.  Things that actually happened to me as a convert were fun to allow them to portray and watch the natural consequences occur.

They solve the case, fall in love and the sequel is another assignment as a REAL newlywed couple.  They must go to Mexico, where they have no jurisdiction and convince a witness for the prosecution of a drug lord to return with them, under witness protection, and attend the trial.  The CIA, the cartel and others watch over the two and how they get themselves out of this one is nothing short of a miracle.

All books are on sale as Kindle and paperback at and Barnes and Noble.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Our Youth are the Keys of the Future of Genealogy

RootsTech Family Discovery Day Presentation by the Oaks...
Some of the most poignant presentations were those of the Oaks, President Dallin H. Oaks, and his wife Sister Kristin Oaks, and Professor Henry Louis Gates from Harvard University

I was very touched by the participation of his family in doing family history and learning about their families.  After all, when we will the stories.  We need to get them down on paper, print, or some form of recorded media.  Watch this presentation...


THE SECTION THAT REMINDED ME THAT I SHOULD WORK WITH MY GRANDCHILDREN IS ON THIS VIDEO AT 21:49 - These are children who are actually 11 and doing research.  Where I was leery of younger people doing this work unsupervised before, this video opened my heart to the spirit of acceptance.  It's up to us to TRAIN them.  When we do it right, they can accomplish so much!


new curriculum designed for middle school kids to help them learn about DNA nationwide.  Every child will need to learn how to produce their own family tree.  This generation.....

is prime for learning about family history, DNA and computers.  They are on the computer all the time!  Why not make it a learning experience and fun!

VIDEO - When I got to section 36:46, and it talked about the Science Camp on Genealogical Research learning DNA, this blew my mind.  I really got excited about the possibility of curriculum going out to all Middle Schools in the United States.

Genealogy Road Show

This is CCMoore - She is a DNA Detective and works with Dr. Henry Louis Gates on his show.  I really enjoy her classes.

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