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Hi I'm Kari

I'm a newlywed, a blogger, a student, and am recovering after being struck by a drunk driver while jogging.

About Me

I'm 24 years old, an avid runner, a wannabe historian, and a blogger. On June 30, 2012 I was out for a nine mile run, I was scheduled to run a half marathon in a few weeks and was working to be ready for the race. At the end of my run, I was about a half mile away from home when I was struck by a man who had been drinking all night long. He hit me and then left me on the side of the road. I was found about 10 minutes later and was life flighted to a Level One Trauma Center in Salt Lake City where I was in the Intensive Care Unit for a week. I suffered from a compound fracture of my left femur, a shattered left elbow, broken left collarbone, broken nose, tibial plateau fracture of my right knee, fractured pelvis, fractured L1 and L3 vertebra, and a concussion. I spent 14 hours in surgery to fix my many broken bones, and went from running nine miles to not being able to move my legs. I spent two weeks at the University of Utah's Rehabilitation Center where I had to relearn how to walk, and how to accomplish basic human needs on my own. I was unable to use my right leg for 12 weeks and am currently in physical therapy to work back to running again.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the I have an unfailing tesitmony that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that he died for me. I know that through his atoning sacrifice I can live with Him again. I'm a Mormon because I believe in personal revelation, I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father who is interested in my life and the choices I make. I'm a Mormon because I believe that families are meant to be together forever. I'm a Mormon because of the feeling of love and peace that comes through this gosepl. I'm a Mormon because living the commandments and following Christ's path makes me happy

How I live my faith

When I woke up in the hospital after being involved in a hit-and-run where I was jogging and the driver was drunk, I had a hard time accepting what had happened to me. I wish I could say I was one of those people who was able to instantly forgive, but it took me a while to come around to that. I was really angry those first few weeks, I was mad that this had to happened to me. I was only 23 years old I was extremely healthy and to have my life, that I loved, ripped out from under me like that was really hard to accept. After being released from the hospital and spending a lot of time by myself at home, I started to have a scripture play on repeat in my head, it's John 8:7, especially the phrase "he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." Over the course of a few weeks I was really impressed upon by the Lord that it was important for me to forgive the man who had hit me. I began to realize that the negative attitude I had was hurting me more then anyone else. I have sinned in my life, I'm human and I've made mistakes-and I realized that if I wanted the Lord to extend his mercy and forgiveness to me for many mistakes, that I had to do the same to this man. That I couldn't hold the grudge and yet still ask the Lord for forgiveness for myself. Once I made the decision to forgive and to let go my recovery has improved by leaps and bounds. I know that by following the Lord's commandment to forgive He has blessed me in ways I never expected.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead, also known as the comforter and the testifier. He bears witness of the truthfullness of things and brings comfort when needed. Show more Show less