Some Recent Media
by Karmel Larson
Speaking in SLC May 9th-
Here is my portion of the Daily Herald article on Mother’s Day. Also highlighted were Dixie Clifford, Utah Mother of the Year and Danielle Kennington, Utah Young Mother of the Year. Click the Daily Herald link above for the entire article.
Karmel Larson — Mrs. Utah United States
Lives in: Provo
Married to: Brigham
Hobbies: Reading, square-foot gardening, movies
Recently read: “The Power of Positive Parenting” by Glenn Latham, “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine
Lots of people have a favorite historical figure. For Karmel Larson, it’s Abigail Adams, wife of America’s second president, John Adams. “We named our daughter after her,” said Larson, a mother of four children (the youngest is 18 months and the oldest is 6) who grew up in Washington state. “She’s a perfect blend of a woman who had her own accomplishments but was fiercely devoted to her family.”
Larson, who graduated from Brigham Young University (where she studied social work) stays busy outside the home — in addition to her involvement in American Mothers, she’s the Utah County director of the Parents Television Council, works with Citizens for Families and is a board member of the Utah Coalition Against Pornography.
Encouraging people to speak up in favor of decency is important to Larson. It’s actually, she said, the biggest reason that the she entered the Mrs. United States pageant. The annual event honors married women and, more importantly to Larson, asks them to address a moral or ethical position rather than preparing a talent.
The new Mrs. Utah United States is excited about having another forum to air her societal concerns. She’s not about to let that detract, however, from what she said is her most important responsibility as a mother: spending quality time with each of her children.
For Larson, that’s the hardest thing about being a mother. “It’s something to be constantly vigilant about,” she said, “protecting that time for the children.”
One of the most important lessons that she learned from her own mother, Larson said, was to serve others, but also to remember that “service is never a sacrifice, but always an opportunity.” As a child, Larson saw that principle in action when her great-grandmother came to live with the family.
Later, after becoming a mother to her own children, Larson did what her mother had done and brought her grandfather, afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease, to live in her home for two years.
Larson said she thinks a mother’s most important role is to teach her children, including participating in their education. “We should be actively educating our children,” she said, “constantly reading to them.”
One of Larson’s favorite memories of Mother’s Day is a recent one. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she and her husband worked with their children on memorizing the document “The Living Christ,” a statement affirming belief in Jesus Christ issued by the LDS First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the faith’s highest leadership bodies.
When the leadership of Larson’s LDS ward, or congregation, found out what the kids had learned, the bishop, or leader, of the ward asked the two oldest Larson kids, ages 5 and 4 at the time, to recite “The Living Christ” during Sunday services on Mother’s Day. “It was such an honor to see them up their quoting that document,” Larson said. “It was almost a surreal moment.”