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Hi I'm Kara

I grew up in Washington state. I'm a recent convert, a teacher, and a proud Mormon!

About Me

I have just finished college and have earned a degree in English Education to become a high school English teacher. Teaching is my passion! I am also continuing my education by studying for a special education endorsement. Growing up, I was not raised in any church, but my parents instilled in me great moral values and a love for God and Jesus Christ. I am the only Mormon in my family, and my family comes from many differing religious backgrounds, yet we all respect each other's religious beliefs. I joined the church not long after I turned 21, and I continue to grow my testimony each and every day. The day of my baptism, on May 22, 2011, was one of the greatest days of my life, and I know that I will never regret it! Since joining the church, my faith has continued to grow, and I have had several "greatest days of my life." The gospel has brought joy and peace into my life and has allowed me to look forward with an eye of faith in all things. My favorite scripture in the Book of Mormon is 1 Nephi 3:7: ""...for I know the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." My favorite scripture in the Bible is John 3:16: "For God so loved the earth that He gave His only begotten son that whosever believth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized on May 22, 2011 after seven months of learning with the missionaries. I was reluctant to join the church for a long time, but in April 2011 everything changed when I decided I wanted to be baptized. I didn't know which church to join though: my non-demoninational Christian church or the LDS church. I put the decision in God's hands by setting a baptism day in each church, and through lots of prayer, continued learning, questions, and many other circumstances, it was confirmed to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church and the church that God wants me to be a part of. I never thought I would join the church, but it has been one of the best things that I have ever done! I started to learn about the church in October 2010 after I met the missionaries. The day I met the missionaries, I was able to have a question that had been on my mind for more than a month answered: if there is a true church or true religion, why are there so many that all preach a different message? This question and many more were answered, and I met with the missionaries, I had numerous spiritual experiences that confirmed to me that the church could be true, though I did not accept those answers right away. Leading up to my baptism, there was a lot of adversity coming from many directions, but just two days before I was baptized, my hairdresser, who is a good friend of mine, told me that I was doing the right thing by joining the church. He is not a Mormon and was going to call me to tell me not to join the church, but just before he could call me, he told me that he was stopped by God and that God told him that I was on the right path and I had accepted God's will for me and nothing would change that. That experience was so amazing, and that is one of many experiences that confirmed to me that I am on the right path and this is the true church. I haven't looked back since the day I was baptized and will never regret this decision!

How I live my faith

Since my baptism, I have continued to live my faith every day. I live it proudly now, whereas I did not wear my previous faith proudly, but rather hid it from others. I study the scriptures each day now and say my prayers daily, too. I think of ways that I can serve others and be an instrument for God. I recognize the blessings in my life, and I thank God for them. I make God and Jesus a part of everything that I do. I do not deny what my faith is. Since my baptism, I have been to church in many different wards. I've been to three in Washington state, one in Idaho, one in London, one in Paris, one in Germany, and one in Austria. Having the opportunity to strengthen my testimony across the world has been an amazing experience. This church truly is everywhere and is the same everywhere, too. The Saints will welcome anyone and everyone with open arms all across the world, and anyone can feel at home in the church the second they walk through the doors. I was afraid of falling away from the church during my time studying abroad in Europe because of not having the people from my home ward who have strengthened me, but it has made my testimony 100 times stronger than it was before I went to Europe. I condsidered myself strong in the faith before I went overseas, but I am even stronger in the faith than I was before and live it more than I did before too. I am proud of my faith and I love sharing it with others. I love being able to proudly say "I am a Mormon!" I am also preparing to serve a mission for the church. I have a strong desire to share the gospel with others. It has brought so much peace, joy, and light into my life, and I want others to find the same happiness in the gospel that I have!