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Hi I'm Koriel

I love to learn. Going skydiving is high on my to-do list. I love my family. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a tiny farming town in New Mexico where my mom and dad taught me and my four siblings how to work hard. After high school, I started college, going for a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and am now two years into that! Growing up in a tiny town, there wasn't much to do in the way of movie theaters or malls or a lot of those kinds of pass-times, so I learned to love being in the outdoors. I love camping, hiking, running, cycling, and a lot of times just hanging in a hammock somwhere and enjoying the scenery. There's nothing much better than watching a good sunset or sitting outside late at night stargazing. My dad also instilled a love for learning in me, and especially about science. Astronomy in particular has been a big hobby of ours, and I've helped him build a few of the telescopes that he's built. I was one of those little kids too that loved building things, and that's only gotten stronger. I love to tinker, figure out how things work, and ask a lot of questions in the meantime. I love to learn, to laugh so hard that your stomach hurts, and overall just to be happy. My family means everything to me; each member of mine has helped me SO much, and I plan on staying as close to all of them as we are now. When it comes down to it, the more I see, the more I think the key to life is to just keep on smiling.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but as a lot of people with that in common with me can tell you, there really comes a point where you have to decide for yourself if this is where you want to be. Being a Latter-day Saint just because your parents were really isn't a good enough reason! I remember thinking about this a Lot when I was 15 years old, and one Sunday afternoon I decided that I needed to know if these things are true for myself. There's a promise in the Book of Mormon that if we'll ask God about something sincerely, with faith in Christ, and really intending to act on the answer we receive, that God WILL answer you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. It's a pretty special experience for me, but basically, I prayed to know if this is where God wanted me to be, if these things are really true, and in answer, I felt a feeling of love and peace that I had never felt in such strength before, and I knew then that this is where I needed to be, without a doubt. Since then, I've had some roller coasters in my life, but my faith that this is where God wants me to be has been continually strengthened by the help I've received from Him as I've just tried to continue to follow His teachings. I've seen so many little miracles that I have no doubt that our Father in Heaven DOES hear and answer our prayers, and that He really does love us. There's no way that I could ever deny the peace that comes when I do my best to live the teachings of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the lack of it that comes when I sometimes get distracted and fall short. That's something that I've just seen logically, as a direct cause-and-effect relationship. So with all of this, I know that this is where God wants me to be.

How I live my faith

In the Bible, we're told that "pure religion" is basically to help those that are in need of our help. So I do my best to help anyone I can, whether it's through service, which I love to do (there's just something therapeutic about working with a shovel), or just talking to someone that needs to vent a little or hasn't had anybody to talk to in a while. I've really come to see that it means a lot to people when they can see that you really care and aren't just talking to them because you're "supposed" to be nice, or whatever else. I also love participating in my church. In the church, there isn't a paid ministry or anything, so we all get to help out by truly "serving" in different positions. One of my favorite positions to serve in was to organize weekly activities for young single adults attending my university. We'd start off with a spiritual message, then have an activity of some sort, ranging from a life-sized versions of board games to home video productions of some famous movies. We definitely believe that you should have fun in this life too. Growing up, I had a Lot of people that served as youth leaders and things that all had a very real impact on helping me get to where I am now, each in their own way. I don't think I'll ever forget a lot of the specific experiences that taught me the lessons I needed so much growing up as those people gave of their time to live THEIR faith. Seeing that, I hope to be able to do the same for others throughout my life as well.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I am personally a very analytic and often skeptical person. I love math and science and learning about how things work, and often like things to be proved to me before I'll believe that they're true. I basically question everything, and I've found that when you ask questions, you get answers! I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but there came a time when I started asking a lot of questions. And I did get answers. The answers that have made the largest impact on my faith that there is a God have been the answers that have come to my honest, truly sincere prayers. There have been many times in my life when I have knelt down and prayed, not having any idea what to do about something, and I have without fail received strength to do those things, comfort and peace that all would be well, and a determination to do what I needed to do. The answers I have received to prayers are things that I know I cannot attribute to anything from within myself, but only to direct intervention in my life from God. In addition to this, the more I've learned about the universe around us, the vast complexity of it all, the more convinced I have become that God is one amazing architect. If you want to catch a glimpse of God, stand outside on a clear, starry night out in the mountains and look up and imagine the Milky Way Galaxy, just like you see it in the pictures, stretching away from you in the sky, with you inside of it. You'll feel something! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

The grace of Jesus Christ is ultimately what allows us to return to live with our Heavenly Father after this life. We are very much unable to do it on our own because we all make mistakes in life and sin, no matter how perfect we may think we are (the more perfect you think you are, the more you probably actually have to work on!). The grace of Jesus Christ is basically the power by which He enables us to become more than we currently are, to change and to grow, to put off and overcome things that we've done wrong in the past, and to become more like Him. For me, this means a lot because I know I have a lot of repenting, growing, and becoming to do, and I know that I can't and don't have to do it alone. I pray for strength and help from Christ every day to do things that I know I can't do on my own, and that help comes through His grace. Because of Christ's sacrifice for us, He knows how to and will help us through every trial and challenge that we face in life when we turn to Him. Show more Show less