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Hi I'm Kara

I was raised in Utah. I am full time mother. I am a follower of Jesus Christ.

About Me

Last night the children and I were preparing our advent calendar for Christmas. We are starting a new tradition of using live potted tree and putting an ornament on each day of December. Eachhas written on it one of the names of Jesus Christ or one of the His attributes. As I looked up a list in a scripture reference guide I was overwhelmed with love and awe, remembering who He is. As human beings we take on pseudo-names. We use them to create a social identity. We conform our behavior to that incomplete identity and find acceptance and a "place" where those parts of us match. For example if I wrote one of the things I am; an engineer, a scientist, an artist, a creator, a mother, an observer of plants and stars and birds, a feminist, an environmentalist, a minimalist, an historian, a dancer, a poet, you might start to get a picture of who I am. If I stopped in my description with one or two things you might imagine me to be completely different than who I really am. If I wrote all of the categories we put ourselves in, you might understand me more. I could also write that as a stay-at-home Mother of three plus one on the way, I spend more of my earthly allotment of time doing laundry, cleaning messes, making meals, and gardening than any of the previous identifiers, you could understand my life a little bit, but not of the attributes I have developed or am working on.

Why I am a Mormon

Nothing we write can quite describe the complete and unique person we are. Except for one. I am a child of God. That means I have a divine potential to become like God.When I was baptized I took upon myself the name of Christ. Sometimes I err, or sin, or forget His name and that I am trying to become like him. Sometimes different parts of my soul are put away because of the busy-ness of life. Those interruptions in forming my true identy as a follower of Christ are hard. I have been taught about repentance and the reason Christ came to earth, that He performed The Atonement for us, and know that it is real. We can be forgiven, improve, and feel God's love and pleasure with us and how we are living our life. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I have the scriptures(The Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants/Pearl of Great Price), living prophets and apostles to teach, encourage, and guide me in my quest. All of His commandments are to help us, create us, preserve us, protect us and disobeying them destroys our own identity.

How I live my faith

God's interaction with us does not stop with commandments and scriptures and the prophets. He also gives us clues and encouragement to find out who we are, our talents and abilities, what will make us happy on this earth and in eternity through prayer and personal revelation. The pattern of growth and understanding I have experienced in my communications with God have been similar to the pattern Joseph Smith experienced in his transformation from an unlearned farm boy of fourteen years to a prophet of God with wisdom, understanding, identity, AND humanity. We act on one prompting from God, and he will teach us the next step to take. The success of my life, the way I act and conform my behavior, my goals and dreams, my identity are not defined by words created by humans, but by The Word.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Kara
We are eternal beings. Our bodies are just the houses for our spirits in this mortal existence. Through Jesus Christ, all humans born on this earth will have bodies again after the Resurrection, but how we live in eternity depends on our own choices. If we want to live in association with God, we need to develop the attributes that would make us comfortable in His Presence. We each have an understanding of what is right and wrong, but as we listen and do what is right we gain better understanding through The Holy Ghost about how we can become true eternal friends with God. Show more Show less