Monday, March 9, 2009

Mompreneurs Make Their Mark

My visiting teacher and friend sent me this great e-mail I thought you all would like to read as well. You are all Mompreneurs and It's your time to fearlessly make your mark!!!

Mormon mompreneurs make their mark in literature and beyond
By: Dana King
Special to the Post-Dispatch

It was reported today in the Boston Globe that LDS (Mormon) women, many moms among them, are making their mark in young adult literature. click here
I found my husband Dan, an LDS bishop, reading the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I’ve never known him to be interested in young adult fiction, let alone vampires. He only scanned the Harry Potter series to know what his kids were reading. But the Twilight series captured his interest probably because many in his flock are reading it.
Dan took me to see the Twilight movie. I have to say it is probably the first time in our twenty-two year marriage he invited me to see a chick-flick!
It doesn’t surprise me that LDS mom Stephanie Meyer would write a wholesome vampire story. Well, maybe not the wholesome part, but vampires?… they seem scary. So yes, I am surprised about that. But Stephanie’s vampires are so nice that I am ashamed I had held such negative misconceptions of them.
OK, whoa, back to reality. There are NO such things as vampires.
So what is driving LDS moms to write young adult fiction? And why does it make news? The Boston Globe ar ticle offers some valid ideas.
Here is my take as an insider to the faith:
On why it makes news? I am baffled, but here is what I see –
The LDS voice is becoming increasingly unique in a world that holds views so divergent from the moral standards held by a majority only a few generations ago. A vampire, even a good vampire at that, who does not engage in sex-before-marriage is a stark contrast in the world today. Unique sells? Maybe.
On why LDS moms? –
That Stephanie Meyer and other LDS moms would make their mark is not surprising to me. They are part of a growing legion of clever LDS=2 0“mompreneurs” I observe who have found a way to be there for their children while working and making history for themselves and their posterity.
These mompreneurs don’t sit still, they follow their passions, they move and they shake and make a difference in their communities and they often do it with children in tow. I don’t see many “barefooted” among them. Pregnant, oh yes, but their feet have shoes, running shoes and stilettos…they move fast in both.
In our St. Louis Missouri South Stake (about 10 wards — congregations) are many young mompreneurs. And some are making local news:
Artist Laura Gunn, mom of two, was featured in the Jan/Feb issue of AT HOME St. Louis Magazine. Sh e sells her artwork online and through local interior designers and just launched a new fabric line. Laura does not wait for her children to nap in order to work, rather she engages them in her work. It is not uncommon for mom and kids to have paint in their hair by the end of the day.
Trenna Lange, young mom of two and interior designer, is featured in the March/April issue of AT HOME St. Louis magazine currently on newsstands. Trenna Lange talks about how she also makes her family part of her successful business model.
There are many more momprenuers whose stories go unsung. A quiet legion of local LDS momprenuers, contributing and making a difference in many areas of St. Louis in various occupations.
These women ar e supported by their husbands who hear time and time again in lessons directed to men in the Church that they need to nurture the talents of women. Men in our church who follow that counsel have wives who are the happiest and most fulfilled women.
Julie Berry, also an LDS young-adult fiction author, was quoted in the Boston Globe article:
“I know motherhood is the most important thing I’ll do in my life, but there’s something about motherhood that makes you feel like you’re disappearing - it kind of effaces and erodes you. I came into writing as a gift, and . . . I really feel like it rescued me. Those first years I would thank God every day for giving me writing.”
Stephanie Meyer and Julie Berry and the LDS mompreneurs like them, are a result of a faith that acknowledges they have God-given talents to bless the lives of loved-ones and others.
If they choose, they can tell stories. And being true to their faith, they will champion the good wherever they go, even the good in vampires.


  1. I have definitely noticed this and find it interesting that the Boston Globe has too. Thanks for sharing Mary!

  2. WOW! That article was amazing! I LOVE IT! I tell you, we're everywhere! Muhahaha! LOL! And I love this post. Great job Mary!

  3. This is a very insightful article. I really loved it! Thanks for sharing. I'm going call myself a momprenuer from now on.

  4. This was a great article. Thanks so much for sharing them. At a LDS Women's Writer's conference that I went to this weekend, one author shared this quote by Orson F. Whitney "We shall yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own. God's ammunition is not exhausted. His highest spirits are held in reserve for the latter times. In God's name and by his help we will build up a literature whose top shall touch heaven, though its foundation may now be low on earth." Jenni is constantly telling me about how now is the time for the Lord's writers. The more I learn and see I know this is true. I think this quote should be at the top of our blog BTW. It epitimizes what we are doing as we let the Lord take us in his hands and make us the instruments he needs!



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