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Hi I'm Karson

I was born and raised in Southern California, I love sports, I know how to party and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

All my life I have always wanted to do my best at the things that I WANTED to do. Growing up I always loved football and it was my life, I loved playing it, getting better at it and watching it. On the football field is where I found my true motivation to give my all, which helped me not only to do my best at the things I WANTED to do, but the things I NEEDED to do. I have been motivated by the sincere desire to reach my full potential and use the talents and skills that God has blessed me with, and I hate to fail or let others down. I have an amazing family with the best parents ever and four older bothers who are my best friends in the world! My parents always taught me to give my best efforts and to make the right decisions. My older brothers are the reason I am the person I am today, they have always been there for me to have my back and have always pushed me to get better in whatever I may be doing. After graduating high school and deciding to focus on academics rather than athletics, I was able to transfer all of the energy and focus used for football into my schooling. My goals are to get a bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering and then go to medical school. My interest in medicine comes from my fascination with the entire human specimen from the inside out, from the very soul and character to the physiology of the body. I love people! I love being able to make people laugh and smile and I just overall like improving the quality of the lives around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church by wonderful parents who always wanted the best for me. I was baptized when I was 8 years old, but just like with anything, it didn't mean much to me until I had my own personal experiences. Growing up I never had a desire to go to church or to learn the gospel, I just went through the motions because it was what I had to do. My parents were always solid examples, but being the stubborn person that I am, I always wanted to do things my way and figure everything out on my own. After I graduated high school I moved out of my parents house to go to school and stopped going to church, I wanted to take on the world on my own, thinking I didn't need God's help. This is where I learned that worldly things only bring temporary happiness and some point it ends and leaves you feeling empty. I was in my sophomore year in college and it had been a long time since I had been to Church or even said a prayer and I began to have a desire to find something more and to be truly happy. I tried everything to find the "greater light and knowledge" I was looking for, but couldn't find it anywhere in the world, but little did I know I had it right under my nose the whole time. One night as I was sitting in my room pondering my future and what I was going to do to be happy, I remembered my father's advice and testimony of reading the Book of Mormon, so I very reluctantly picked up a copy and began to read. I read for a few hours and as I did, I had an extremely good feeling (the Spirit) throughout my entire body, and I knew it was from God. I recognized the changes I needed to make and decided right then and there that I was going to make those changes, go back to church and get ready to serve a mission. I am a Mormon because of my experience with the Book of Mormon. I have truly learned what it means to BE a Mormon, not just DO Mormon things.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by applying the principles that are taught with in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and pray for God's assistance in doing so. I love studying the gospel, because it brings a sense of direction in my life beyond anything else, it allows me to have a stronger relationship with my Savior and brings the guidance of the Holy Ghost in greater abundance. The scriptures give us examples of how to treat others and how we can find "peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come." I love living the commandments, there is a peace of conscience that comes from doing the right thing and living the way our Heavenly Father needs us to live. I know the commandments are for our benefit and we need to live them if we want to find true and lasting happiness. I also live my faith by inviting others to follow the example of Christ and to learn of the things that have brought me and my family so much joy. I am currently serving a full time mission in the Massachusetts Boston Mission and live my faith everyday by striving to be a worthy representative of the Savior.