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Hi I'm Carissa

I'm an artist, a toy enthusiast, a nature lover and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

For as long as I can remember, I have loved art. Someday I hope to illustrate my own books. I love learning new things. My hobbies include painting, needlefelting, floral design, camping, photography, website designing, sculpting, sewing and gardening. I love collecting vinyl art toys and am working towards designing at least one. I also enjoy studying about Japan and it's language and hope to someday visit there. I love road trips and flying on airplanes. I also love talking to random people at the airport, they always have fun stories to share. Traveling new places and meeting new people is super fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was lucky enough to be born to parents who were active in the church. I was raised in it and baptized when I was 8. I have appreciated the love and comfort I have from knowing why I am here on this earth. I enjoy being able to pray and knowing I will receive an answer. I am grateful for the understanding that the scriptures bring. The Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price all build upon each other and testify to me that we have a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to succeed and be happy! I know the prophet is "the" prophet. He gives us guidance from God and it may not be popular at times, but that doesn't matter. It is true and in the long run it will give us joy if we follow it. I look forward to the rest of my life following Jesus Christ. I know He is my Savior, He suffered for each and every one of us, He knows what we are going through and He knows what is best for us, even when we don't. That is why I'm a Mormon, I know it's true with all my heart and nothing can make me think or say otherwise.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending my church meetings and constantly being on the lookout for someone to help. I also try to have a positive upbeat attitude and a smile on my face. If I make one person's day a little better I'm happy too.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Carissa
No, it endorses sound judgement and adherence to the commandments of God. We seek to make the world a better place and choose our affiliations with these things in mind. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Carissa
I was at a fireside with Elder Bednar recently, where he described it so simply. The priesthood is like an umbrella. It covers all of God's children, male or female. Righteous men are called to hold the umbrella. I honestly don't have a problem with men holding the priesthood, especially because I know so many good priesthood holders. The priesthood helps develop responsible, loyal, and Christlike men. It's also not really about being put over others either. No one gets paid for their service, so it is purely service. We serve because we love God and His children. And if someone tries to use it to gain power, he loses authority; simple as that As a woman in the church, I have never felt less because I don't have the priesthood. There are plenty of other things to do. I have seen wonderful examples of Christlike service coming from Relief Society (the women's organization of the church). In addition to Home Teachers (pairs of men assigned to watch over every family in the ward) the Relief Society provides Visiting Teachers (pairs of women) for each sister. When you have a good visiting teacher, you gain a lifelong friend. My mother has had a wonderful visiting teacher, who has always been there for my mom and has been an immense example and friend to me. She even helped me learn how to quilt for my senior project in high school. She brought over dinner when me and my brother's were in a car accident, just to show she cared. I can always know that my mom will be taken care of. Show more Show less