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Hi I'm Carissa

I am a daughter, sister, wife, and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I am a wife and a mother. My husband and I just had our first child, a little boy, in June 2011. Being a new mom, my baby is my hobby. Other things that I enjoy doing when my baby is a sleep or entertaining himself are playing word games on my Kindle, reading, scrap-booking/making cards, and cooking. I enjoy learning new things. Currently I am attending BYU-Idaho online, it is wonderful that they have online courses so I can finish my Bachelor's degree. I only have 9 classes left! Outside of formal education I also enjoy reading educational books and, if I watch TV, I enjoy watching discovery channel and cooking shows. I usually watch the cooking shows (competition shows) with my mom and family. My husband and I live in my parent's mother-in-law house on their property, which has its ups and downs; for the most part it is nice to be able to spend time with them and my siblings. I come from a family of seven: two boys and three girls. Each one of us has our own unique personality and though we are quite different from each other we enjoy spending time together. The neat thing about my family is that the first four of us children were born within 3.5 years of each other. My older brother and I are only 11 months apart! I love my family and I am so grateful for how much they teach me!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. We are the children of a loving Heavenly Father and He has provided for us a just and merciful plan that we may be able to become like Him, and Christ is at the center of this plan, The Plan of Happiness. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we know the doctrine of God and are taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ, among these teachings is about the Plan which tells of: where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. Since God is our loving Heavenly Father, why would He not provide a way for us to return to Him and then make it known to all of us? There is a living prophet on the earth today, who is directed by Jesus Christ to teach us what we need to do in order to live happy and productive lives that will lead us back to our Father. I am grateful to know that we are not left alone in this world, but that we have Prophets, Seers, and Revelators who are the mouthpieces of the Lord in this day and age. We also have the Holy Ghost who helps us to live the spirit of the law, as we live the letter of the law. In other words, we receive revelation for ourselves based upon the doctrine and principles of the gospel that we are taught through our leaders, who cannot lead us astray for Christ is the head of His church. These leaders, and all worthy male members of the church, have the priesthood. The priesthood, the power of God, has been restored to the earth. It is through this power that we make covenants with God, in His temples, that allow us to live forever as families in His Kingdom. I am grateful to know that I will be married to my husband for eternity and that our children will live with us forever also. I love my husband and our child and I could not look forward to an eternity without them, but knowing that we will be together forever makes death just a necessary step to return to live with God again.

How I live my faith

Being a Christian, service is important in our everyday lives. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we have many opportunities to serve and been involved. On Sunday, at church, I have the opportunity to teach 7 and 8 year-old children about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Teaching little children is wonderful, because they teach me, too. Our hope lies within our children and I am grateful to be able to teach them of Jesus Christ. Every month I have the opportunity to visit a couple of the women in my ward and to teach them a little bit about the Gospel. I enjoy having a ward/congregation of families and being able to spend time with them and become one big family. As women we also get together at least once a month and do some activity focused around provident living and we get to enjoy each others company. It is a network of friends that are always there to help. I enjoy being one big family, there are a lot of people we can serve. I enjoy taking meals to those that just had a baby or who are going through a hard time. I also help out with the missionary work. I get to make friends with those investigating, a well as the new converts and help them to feel welcomed. I meet a lot of people and I am so grateful for what they can teach me. Service is a big part of my life.