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Hi I'm Cara

I'm studying physics. I love learning and having fun. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I think that one of the most important skills to have in life is balance. As a physics major I understand the value and necessity of hard work, but I also firmly believe in the importance of relaxing and having fun and enjoying the things that you do every day. This doesn’t mean that I never do things that I don’t enjoy- partial differential equations, anyone?- but I try to find joy in the little things, like the way sunlight filters down through tree leaves or the friendliness of the moonlight on a warm summer night. I also think that my attitude has a huge influence on what I do enjoy. There are some things that are inherently fun for me, like reading new books, writing, or playing basketball or badminton. But sometimes I have to work to find the joy in the things that I do. Doing yard work is not fun by any means, but I can still enjoy it by focusing on the end goal and enjoying the time that it allows me to spend with the people that I care about. By deliberately looking for the joy all around me and taking the time to appreciate my many blessings I believe that I can make the world a better place.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a questioner. I am forever asking why and how and pushing back against things to find out for myself how I really feel about them. Part of it is just plain stubbornness, but much of it comes from curiosity and a desire to know and understand the world around me. I have to take time and think about things on my own before I am willing to express an opinion, and the same has been true with religion. I was born into a devout Mormon family and grew up learning Mormon doctrines, but it has taken me years to fully and personally accept them as my own. And after my struggling and resisting and whatever else I finally know that this church is true. It is Christ’s church on the earth today, restored by God the Father and Jesus Christ to the prophet Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon is a testament of Christ’s teachings to the people who lived anciently on the American continents and we can learn so much about how to draw closer to God by reading it and living by its teachings. I know that Jesus Christ came to earth and lived a perfect life and then suffered and died for the sins and the pains of the world, and rose again so that we too can live again. He lives today and loves me. Stubborn, imperfect me. And I know that if I do my best to follow His example and His teachings then I will be able to live with my family in His presence forever.

How I live my faith

We are told in Matthew to “let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” I try to live my life in such a way that those around me who are looking for something can see that light in me. So much of that is made up of the little, daily things. I read from scripture and pray every day so that I can have the Holy Ghost with me to guide me and help me with my struggles. I try to treat those around me with love and respect, even when I disagree with something that they say or do. I look for opportunities to serve people in my home and community that need either physical or emotional assistance. I love listening to those who need to talk, even when there is nothing that I can do to make their problems go away. Sometimes you just need a friendly listener. I believe that the best way to live my faith is by following the example of Christ. Being a Mormon is not about going to church for three hours every Sunday, or paying ten percent of my income as tithing, or obeying a long list of things that you can’t eat or drink or do. These are all components of the Mormon faith, but they in themselves do not make me a Mormon. Living as a Mormon is all about becoming something better than what I am now, and that is what I try to do every day.