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Hi I'm Karli Jones

I'm a Junior in high school, I love to play piano, I'm a book-addict, I love horses, and I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 5 kids and I can say that it's not easy having a lot of responsibilities around the house and at school, but my large family(compared to most) is where I find most of my happiness and memorable experiences. I'm a big fan of family because those are the people I grew up with. Living close to my extended family was a great blessing that I didn't comprehend until my family moved to the middle of nowhere Nebraska. We don't see my extended family but once a year now, but the best thing is that my ward is my family. Most of us are transplants from Utah or Idaho and so they understand that you feel alone sometimes. But we all have a camaraderie where everyone feels loved. That's what I love about the gospel: no matter where you go, people will understand and support your standards and decisions. I've always wanted to be a cowgirl, even when I was a little girl, and I LOVE horses! I also love to write. Writing in my journal is one of my favorite things to do. I can express my feelings and experiences in a sophisticated way because no one understands me when I use big words. :-) Reading is probably my favorite past-time. Books, for me, are little worlds in which I can lose myself to get away from the worldliness that surrounds me. Music is also very important to me. I taught myself how to play the piano and create music. It's a very efficient way to feel the Spirit. And you receive a lot of inspiration that way too. I love singing praises unto the Lord!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member my whole life. Some might think the gospel has been forced upon me by my parents, but it really isn't. I'm old enough to make my own decisions and I could choose to stop going to church or participating in gospel related things, but I don't. I honestly don't know what I would do if I didn't have the standards or knowledge that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gives us. I have a wonderful life in the church and that makes my family life all the better. The most important reason why I'm a Mormon is because I have the knowledge that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me. They love me because I'm me. You don't need to be a member of the Church to know that. But if you do, you have a greater advantage over those who don't. I learned that they love me and I wanted to know more. I learned that there is a way to be forgiven for the wrong things I've done. The atonement gives me a chance. And Jesus Christ thought I was worth that suffering and did it for me. He did it for everyone, but he wanted to do it, just for me. I believe that that special knowledge is worth more than anything anyone could give you. That you ARE worth dying for. He loves you that much. A lot of us take that undying love for granted and don't realize how indebted we are to Him. But if you do recognize it, it should make you want to learn about a father in heaven who loves us more than we can imagine and a man who loved everyone individually and would do anything for us. That's the beauty of the gospel. I hope everyone can find that truth and try to act upon it. To try and be better like Jesus.

How I live my faith

My ward is the 2nd best thing about my life. My family is first, but they are a close second. The ward I live in treats everyone who moves there like they are a part of a big family. We are very close. The reason being is that a lot of the members have moved from somewhere like Utah or Idaho, or just away from their extended family. So they know how hard it is to leave family members and reach out to make us feel welcome. That's what I love about my ward. They also do tremendous amounts of service to others. Service makes me feel so good inside! You can forget about your own problems and watch the joy on others faces when you do something kind for them. One thing that is very hard for me, and others, is to not judge. The world is so caught up with labeling people and trying to put them in categories or cliques. We need to stop that thought process and just think of people as who they are. It's hard, I know, but it's worth feeling free of accusations. We just need to be kind to everyone we meet. It's something I'm working on everyday.