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Hi I'm Karisa

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Karisa and I am a stay at home mom to two one and a half year old twins. My twins are so busy, most of my time these days are spent chasing them and cleaing up after them. I also work as a nurse a couple times of month and my hobbies include running, blogging, dancing and cooking. Me and my sweet husband have been married for 2 and a half years now, and have not slowed down since the day we got married. We got pregnant with our twins about one month after we got married, and then our babies were born 4 months premature. Life sure comes at you fast!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because the gospel brings me peace in so many ways that I can't even describe. Being a mom is really hard, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and to get down and feel like you can never do it all. However, I am so grateful for the light and hope the gospel gives me that I can improve and become better. It helps me to feel God's love for me and know that I am never alone. The gospel has also really helped me in learning how to start to parent and teach my young children. It is really easy to lose my temper sometimes with my toddlers, but when I think of the Savior and his love for his children and how he would handle the situation, it helps me to teach more with love than with anger. The gospel and the church has also really touched my life when my twins were born. My twins were born prematurely at 25 weeks, and I first went into premature labor at 23 weeks. At first, the doctors told us that our twins probably would not live, and that if they did survive they would most likely be seriously disabled. I have never has such a scary time in my life before. It really helped me to realize that nothing else matters in this life exept Family and God's plan for us. It was a time of my life that faith was all that I had to cling on to. I remember one time soon after my daughter was born, she was doing really poorly and the doctors did not think she would live. Even though it was one of the hardest moments of my life, I felt overwhelming peace and comfort of Gods love for me and my daughter. I felt so much peace in the Plan of Salvation, and knew that if my daughter passed that I would be with her again someday. I knew that we were not alone and that God was with us, I could feel his presense so strongly during that time. I am so grateful for the knowlege and the hope the gospel brings to my life. The peace the gospel brings has carried me through my hardest challenges and brings me happiness in my everyday life. I know it is true.

How I live my faith

One of the things that I am lucky enough to help with for our church is that I get to hold activities for the 10-11 year old girls in my church a couple times a month. It has been a blast working with them, and helping to plan these activities. One of the activities we are having soon is a lesson on importance of family history and keeping a journal. Someone in our church is coming dressed as a relative that is now passed and will be sharing stories from their life. Then we will help the girls make journals of their own. It is such a blessing to work with these girls, and it is amazing how much they teach you! Another way I live my faith is by paying tithing, which is giving 10 percent of all I earn to the Lord. This has not always been an easy principle for me to live. Lately my husband has gotten a large pay cut, and we have a ton of medical bills since my twins were born so premature and have a lot of therapy and doctors appointments. It has been amazing though, that we have always been able to make it somehow, even when it seems like shouldn't. It may seem crazy to pay so much for tithing when you are hurting financially, but it has been amazing to us on how the Lord takes care of you when you put him first. Another blessing we have recieved from going to church has been the support and love that we have recieved. Our children were in the hospital for over four months when they were born, and during that time we recieved so much love and support from the members of our church, it was amazing! People served us in so many ways by bringing us meals, leaving notes of encouragement on our door, and most importantly by the many prayers we recieved. Our family felt so loved during this time, it was so nice to know that we did not have to go through it alone, and to feel God's love through them. Now that my kids are doing well, I get the opportunity to serve others in my church in similar ways. It is amazing the joy and love that you get through service!