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Hi I'm Karianne

I love the stage. I live to learn. I'm a soon-to-be geneticist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've loved theatre and dance for as long as I can remember. I love the feeling on opening night before the curtains open. One of the greatest feelings is performing a scene and having the audience react in such a way that I know they believed that I really was the character I was portraying. Being on stage opens my eyes to different people, backgrounds, ideals, and situations. I also love science. I see God's hand in everything around me and enjoy learning about how intricate the details really are. At the university I attend, I'm majoring in genetics and hope to be able to use that to help others someday. My most recent job was editing a wiki about internet safety. I researched topics on everything from keeping kids safe online to combating pornography. It's great to see how many ways we can help others through different outlets, whether it be in a play, a lab, or a website. My family members are my best friends. As we've come closer to each other, we're able to support each other. While we don't currently live in the same state, I know I can always turn to my parents and brother for love, encouragement, or a good laugh.

Why I am a Mormon

Shortly after I started college, I developed a condition that left me temporarily dependent on canes, crutches, or a wheelchair. My world was turned upside down, as I saw my goals of competition dances or roles in plays vanish. While I grew up in the LDS Church and have believed the doctrines my whole life, this experience allowed me to apply them more fully to my life. It was only through my belief in my Savior Jesus Christ that I was able to find the strength to keep setting new goals. After a while, I was able to walk without any aids. I know that it is only through the atoning power of Christ's sacrifice for me that I am able to do all that I currently do. I do not know when I'll be able to dance again as there is currently no cure for my condition and some of my symptoms are puzzling to doctors. Despite all this, I know that I have been given this experience for a reason. It has only helped to solidify my faith and testimony in Jesus Christ and his love for all of us.

How I live my faith

I find a lot of happiness in being able to use my experiences to help others. Currently, I am doing this as I serve as a full-time missionary for the LDS Church. Before my mission, I helped in many different capacities within the church: playing the piano and organ; coordinating service for women in special need within my congregation; and writing, directing, and choreographing a play that was presented by members of my church for other congregations. I love that we are able to use our talents to help bless others, as well as increase our abilities.