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Hi I'm Carissa

I'm a chemical engineer. I'm a musician. I'm an author. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a university student studying chemical engineering, with two minors in editing and math. I love learning, and I am so glad that I can continue going to school and that I have the opportuninty to grow and improve my knowledge of the world and how it works. I have always loved music, and I started piano lessons when I was four. I have kept playing the piano, and also learned how to play the tenor saxophone and the flute. I'm still working on being able to play the organ, clarinet, and the carillon, or bell tower. I have also always been a big reader. I love curling up on a couch with a good thick epic fantasy, such as novels by Brandon Sanderson, or fun fairytales, like Goose Girl and the Princess Academy, both by Shannon Hale. I love the chance I have to go on adventures whenever and wherever I want to through books. I would like to write a book some day, but I think I enjoy reading and editing the grammar and usage more, because I keep going back and improving what I've already written more than I work on finishing my novel. There are many other things I like to do, but I think the times when I'm most happy and have the most fun are when I'm together with my family. I enjoy putting together jigsaw puzzles with them and just talking and laughing with them. I also love the time we get to spend reading and discussing the scriptures and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have developed most of my faith in my Savior in the home with my parents and siblings.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have always known that the Church is true, and that my life would be better if I followed the teachings of Jesus that are contained in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, as well as the words that current prophets reveal to us through the Church magazines, the Ensign, New Era, and the Friend, as well as in General Conference, which I always look forward to each spring and fall. I know that Joseph Smith really did see God and Jesus Christ, and that they answered his prayer of which church he should join by telling them that none of the churches had the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They then restored the Truth through Joseph Smith, and through giving that prophet the power and ability to translate the Book of Mormon, which was written by true prophets from ancient America. I know that our current prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, is a true prophet of God, and that he holds all the keys of the priesthood, or the power of God. He talks with God, and tells us what we need to know to continue to live happily in these days when there is so much pain and turmoil. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and that He paid for each of our sins individually, and that He wants us to accept that gift by seeking to become better and by following His gospel plan of faith, repentence, baptism by immersion for the remission of our sins, and by receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and then enduring to the end by continually striving to be more like He is. He will help us if we will let Him. I know that He doesn't want us to give up, or to be condemned, but He came into the world to save us and help us. He truly does love us.

How I live my faith

I am currently called as a missionary in the Adriatic North Mission, which covers the lands of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Serbia. I am learning the Croatian language and preparing to enter the field and start teaching the wonderful people there. For the next year and a half, I will be serving full time and teaching about Jesus Christ and the restoration of the fulness of His gospel through the prophet, Joseph Smith. I am so excited to go to these beautiful countries and serve the Lord and His children. I have previously served as the assistant ward organist, playing the organ in sacrament meeting one or two weeks each month, and as the ward pianist, playing the piano for my singles' ward each Sunday for sacrament meeting. I have served in quite a few callings in the Church. When I was 12, I was called to be the Beehive President (over 12-13 year old women), and then when I was 17, I was the Laurel's president (over 16 and 17 year old women). In both of these callings, I helped invite the other young women in our ward to church and helped plan activities that we could do together that would help us strengthen each other and our testimonies while having fun together. I also was in charge of creating and printing off the ward program each week at sacrament meeting for a few years around this time.