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Hi I'm Kariann

I live in Arizona. I work at Arizona State University. I have played the bagpipes for 8 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in California, lived in Scotland as a toddler, grew up in Murray, Utah, and am now living in Arizona and working for Arizona State University. I received my bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Utah and am currently working towards a Masters in Public Administration. I am still not completely sure what I want to do when I graduate, but I love working with college students, so maybe I’ll keep doing that. I like to travel, but I often find that I don’t have the time or resources to do it. My goal is to complete an internship in Scotland during my final semester in my MPA program. Most of my ancestors come from Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and my family lived in Scotland when I was young. It would be wonderful to be able to see where my ancestors are from as well as visit the city my family lived in. Instead of traveling I try to find new places nearby that I have not been to (cities, restaurants, museums). I have only been in Arizona for 14 months, so for now it’s easy to find new places to go. I play the bagpipes with the Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band. I love music and I love my Scottish heritage, this was a great way to combine the two. I attend practice with the band once a week and we compete against other pipe bands at Highland Games 5-6 times a year. We also play a variety of gigs throughout the year. Playing the bagpipes has given me some very unique opportunities I would not have had otherwise, and I am very grateful for it.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormon, so I was born into the church. But, that doesn’t mean I had it easy. My parents divorced when I was 7 years old. My mom, sister and I moved in with my grandma and rented our house out while she found a job. 3 years later we moved back into our home, with bills paid, and our family unit closer than ever. I have no idea how it worked out, but it did. My mother may not have known it at the time, but this gave me faith. Faith that when you can’t see a way out, the Lord can. Faith that if you trust Him, he’ll show you the way. I started reading the Book of Mormon when I was 12. Although I didn't understand the words I started to notice a pattern in my life. The days that I read the Book of Mormon were significantly better than the days I did not. I got along with friends and family better, I completed my homework on time, and I was all around happier. So I kept reading. I learned that my reading helped me to keep my faith and learn about the Plan of Salvation and the Atonement my Savior made for me. Most importantly though, reading gave me the strength to withstand the temptations that were thrown my way. Life has not been easy; it was not made to be easy. After my parents split my dad remarried, had a baby, and moved to another state. I spent the next 11 years visiting as often as I could, and trying to be the best sister to that little girl, especially when her parents split. I moved 3 times, all between elementary, junior high, and high school. It seemed that my friends were never meant to last, but I was wrong about that too. My Heavenly Father knows what I need; I just have to let Him guide me. I am a Mormon because of the happiness this gospel gives me. I am a Mormon because of the strength the Church gives me. I am a Mormon because of the miracles I have witnessed. I am a Mormon because sometimes the Gospel is the only thing that makes sense. I am a Mormon because I know it to be true, and I look forward to the day my Savior comes again.

How I live my faith

I love being a young single adult in this Church, because there is always something to do. We have BBQ’s, go ice skating, have pool parties, go to sports games, play volleyball, softball, and basketball, hold game nights, go hiking and camping, learn about CPR, emergency preparedness, how to make real tortillas, and so much more. It sounds like a lot because it IS a lot, the great part is that a majority of it is free, so you don’t have to be a CEO to keep up with the ward. Attending ward activities is one of the ways I live my faith.