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Hi I'm KariElle

I study Spanish at school, work in a financial office, explore the world when I can and always laugh with my friends. I'm Mormon.

About Me

My teacher, standing at the front of the room, is mid way through the class list and calls out, "Keri-lee? Keriyellie? Kara'al?" I raise my hand, "Here!" I offer. "Now, did I pronounce that right?" she asks me. "No," I shake my head, "It's KariElle. Like, car-E-L," and I look down at the name tag on my desk. It's spelled wrong. She forgot to capitalize the E in the middle, so I pull a dark Crayola from my backpack and scribble it on there. "Ok, Kera-el, got it!" she smiles at me and moves to the next name. I take a deep breath and for the rest of the year I was Kera, not Kari, to the hottest boy in my 2nd grade class, but it's whatever. I'm 23, now, and still coaching others on how to say my made up name. I'm away from my family, finishing up college, my 19 year old sister is serving a mission in New Zealand and the younger two are at home with our awesome parents. Most of my time is spent studying for a Spanish mid-term or at work helping someone with their Life Insurance. My long term goal is become a Financial Advisor and help english and spanish speakers invest their money so they can have more peaceful lives. I like to help people, cheesy as that sounds, but it's true. I feel that if your finances are in order, you can spend more time with those you love and be available to serve others. Almost two years ago I served a Spanish speaking mission in Oakland, CA where I learned how kind God truly is and that everything He does is for our good.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I'm a Mormon is pretty basic - I want to live with my family forever! I love them! As I live the commandments of God I experience the blessings that come from being obedient and know that this is His church. One of the blessings I'm promised as I follow the commandments is that I can be with my family even after we pass away. I want that; I don't want to be separated from them after death. As a Latter Day Saint I follow God's prophet and know the things I need to do in order to have eternal life with God and my wonderful family.

How I live my faith

My parents taught me how to work hard for what I want, be nice and respectful to others and to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. One of my more favorite parts about what He taught us is to serve others. When Jesus Christ was on the earth He actively helped people. He didn't wait for someone to ask He just saw a need and filled it. He loved everyone, no matter their situation, and served them. I live my faith by doing my best to serve others and show God that I love Him by loving His kids. I love talking with people about the Plan of Happiness that God has for us and help them understand that the Gospel is restored and on the earth again. This means that right this second we have a prophet called of God to guide us, scriptures that can answers our prayers if we would only read them, and can be blessed by the sacred power of the Priesthood that, literally, saves our lives. Who wouldn't want to know that God made a plan, a perfect and complete plan with no loop holes or mistakes, that allows us to return Home to Him!? Ahh, I am in love with the Plan of Salvation. Seriously, I can't get enough of it. This knowledge gives me purpose and a reason to have hope when the world tells me to just give up. I love, love, love sharing the gospel and will live the rest of my life trying to help people fall in love with it too.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Not everyone has to go on a mission. It's a personal choice. I decided to go because I felt strongly that it's something God wanted me to do. Until almost two years ago, girls had to wait until they were 21 to serve a mission but the rules have changed and now girls can serve as young as 19 and boys can go at age 18. After turning in the application papers an Elder (boy missionaries) or Sister (girl missionaries) gets their assignment based off inspiration from our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less