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Hi I'm Kari.

I lived in Heaven before I was born. And so did you. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a twenty-something married girl who loves life! I graduated from BYU-Idaho with a Bachelor's degree in English Education. So far, I've taught 8th, 10th, and 12th grade Language Arts. I'm also an avid blogger. I blog about anything and everything from young married life to eyebrows to onions to the gospel! Sometimes I'm serious. Sometimes I'm silly. I'm always real and honest. I'm very open. Many people say I look like the typical "Molly Mormon," and I take that first impression as a compliment, but I haven't always had such a happy life. I come from a family that epitomizes dysfunction: divorce, drugs, alcohol, and financial difficulties surrounded me since infancy. Because I didn't want that chaotic life for myself, I developed the life-long attributes to push towards perfection, to endeavor in all opportunities, and to never settle for mediocrity. More than anything, I wanted peace, structure, and truth. I found everything I was searching for when I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe we are all literal children of our Heavenly Father. I believe we lived with him in Heaven before we were born and learned of the Plan of Happiness, accepted that Plan, and chose to come to Earth. Even though we cannot remember our pre-mortal life, we are all born with the light of Christ and have the capability to feel the love and power of the Holy Ghost. At age 16, I began to feel that love and power of the Holy Ghost very strongly while I was beginning learn about and attend The Church of Latter-Day Saints. I felt great peace and happiness, and most of all, I felt a strong feeling of remembrance. I know that the Holy Ghost was witnessing to me the truthfulness of the gospel. I spent 2 years actively engaged in discussing the gospel with the LDS missionaries, and at age 18, I was baptized. I am a Mormon because I believe in God our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. I am a Mormon because I know that the church Jesus Christ organized in the biblical days has now been restored to the earth. These are the latter days I am a member of the church of JESUS CHRIST. I am a Mormon because I prayed to know if I should be. God answers prayers.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily by trying to be an example. I try to exude happiness and virtuousness at all times, in all things, and in all places. I hope the light of Christ is constantly displayed through my conversation and countenance. I also maintain a pure and healthy lifestyle. I protect my body by monitoring what I consume or wear. I do not nor have I ever contaminated my body with drugs or alcohol. I do not wear low-cut, sleeveless, or above-the-knee clothing. I do not decorate my skin with multiple piercings or tattoos. I do not do those things because I do not want to. Sometimes people ask me things like, "So, you can't drink coffee?" I answer, "I can do whatever I want however, there are many things I choose not to do." Keeping my body clean and pure makes me feel happy.

Are Mormons Christians?

Kari.
ABSOLUTELY. I am a Christian because I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but society has nicknamed us "Mormons." We are called Mormons because we believe in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is a record of the people living in the Americas during the biblical times. If people living in Jerusalem and Israel and so forth kept a record of their lives and teachings of God, then why can't people living elsewhere keep a record too? They did. It's called The Book of Mormon, and it truly is another testament of Jesus Christ. “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins” 2 Nephi 25:23, 26 Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Kari.
The Law of Chasity states that people should not have sexual relations, except with their spouse to whom they are legally and lawfully wedded. Sex is a very spiritual and sacred act it is the most physical form of expressing love. Satan does not have a body, and he hates the fact that we do therefore, he tries to make us defile our bodies. One way this can be done is through sexual temptations. Much sin and hurt will come from succumbing to sexual temptations fornication, adultery, homosexuality, masturbation, pornography, etc.. Making goals focused on purity and chastity will protect you from that hurt. If you have experienced that hurt, then you can turn to the Atonement of Jesus Christ for repentance, forgiveness, and love. *I was a virgin until my wedding night, and I couldn't be happier! Show more Show less

What is faith?

Kari.
"Faith does not exist by itself. Faith requires an object. It must be faith in something or someone...If we think we have faith, we should ask, faith in whom or faith in what? For some, faith is nothing more than faith in themselves. That is only self-confidence or self-centeredness. Others have faith in faith, which is something like relying on the power of positive thinking or betting on the proposition that we can get what we want by manipulating the powers within us...The first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ." Elder Dallin H. Oaks Because I have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, my life is filled with peace, comfort, and happiness. My favorite example about faith is found in Alma 32. Try the experiment: Desire it. Want it. Need it. Nurture it. Feed it. Believe it. Love it. Know it. Strengthen it. repeat "It" can be anything or anyone, but for me, it is the first principle of the gospel: faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. "And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst" Alma 32: 42. Show more Show less