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Hi I'm Kara

I love asking questions and I love the complexity of science and life. I am a life-long learner of both chemistry and faith.

About Me

My life is full of amazing people, whether it be my family, friends I've met and kept over the years, co-workers or roommates. Family can be found all over, and although I have been living away from my immediate family for years, we keep in touch as often as possible. Currently, I am doing post-doctoral research in a laboratory that uses chemical engineering and applied physics to study catalysts. I love studying scientific principles and learning about all the new things going on in related disciplines. My favorite element is iridium, with nickel running in a close second place. Aside from being "science-y," I love reading classical fiction, studying up on pop-culture psychology books, spending time going to concerts, learning to eat vegetables and being outdoors in any capacity. I'm passionate about how science is taught in schools today and learning more about education policy. I am excited to someday teach chemistry in a way that students can appreciate an understanding of chemical principles that are applicable to life (climate change, green fuel technology, new materials) or in other words, chemistry is cool! I'm also passionate about the issues surrounding work-life balance especially for women in the sciences. There is a lot to discuss there, and I'm happy to be a part of figuring out how to handle this issue in a way that is beneficial to all.

Why I am a Mormon

I love that the restoration of this gospel was initiated by a young boy seeking truth and asking a question! I love that the earnest search for truth can be rewarded with the confidence that there is life after death and a progression toward the divine. I am a Mormon because revelation has not ceased and I can have a personal relationship with God. The principles of faith and repentance taught in this church, strengthen my ability to love others and help to lead me back to God and also provide me with an added strength to be happy and peaceful. I realize the importance of leaving behind a legacy and making sure that you do some good in the world. This is an overwhelming task. When I remember that the relationships are what matter most, it is then that the stress of taking on life melts away and leaves me with joy. I seek to strengthen that resolve to do good because storms come, and when they do, it's easier to answer hard questions when I believe in the infinity of my potential and life's purpose to care for each other. I am Mormon because I believe that we have a Prophet who speaks to us on behalf of God today. I believe that families can be together forever. I believe that the scriptures testify of Jesus Christ and that he died for us. I believe also that because of Christ's resurrection we will be saved by that mercy from the justice that claims us when we sin. There is peace and comfort and joy in this message. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Every day I try to love people around me. Jesus Christ was the perfect example of love and concern for the individual, and whether it is by keeping in touch with my family and friends or a quick smile or comment to a stranger, I try to follow that example. In church, I participate in discussions about a principle of the gospel based on the scriptures. The classes teach me a lot as I listen to the perspectives and experiences of my peers as they testify of the lessons they have learned from those principles. I also serve by visiting with a couple of the women in my congregation about once or twice a month to check in on their lives and see how they are doing. These women have become my dear friends and it is nice to know that even though I am far away from home, I have people who are still looking out for me. Sometimes though, life gets monotonous, or difficult. In those times, I find that a study of the scriptures or prayer is the best way to remember and strengthen the personal relationship I have with Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. The memory of favorite scriptures and hymns remind me that there is more to life than work - and I live my faith by trying to stay centered in knowing that my life has a purpose and that I have an infinite potential to do good and be good and to also be uplifting and loving to others. I live my faith by trying my best to remember this and helping others to see and know the same.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Kara
I love the temple! One of the things I love about being Mormon is that families can be together forever. The temple teaches us about these principles and we also participate in the ordinances necessary for binding families together so that when we die we can still remain together. Also, in the infinite love of God, all of his children who have died without the opportunity to participate in those ordinances are allowed the work to be done for them by proxy. We believe that the work done can be accepted or not based on the agency of the person who has died. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Kara
Women do not hold the priesthood offices in the Church, but women participate very strongly and equally as men in the ordinances and blessings of the priesthood. The priesthood is there to bless all members of the church and is restored to do so. Men hold many of the leadership positions because many of them are priesthood offices, but that does not mean that women are not asked and welcome to be equal in giving advice and suggestions where there is a need to the men in those leadership positions. I have taken the lead by speaking up, by calling to attention details that are sometimes neglected and by holding prominent positions in the Relief Society (women's organization) and other teaching positions. I have tried to be honest and forthright in my opinion in meetings with priesthood holders because it is all of our responsibility to care for the members of the congregation - not just the priesthood holders. Holding the priesthood means something very different from participating in the blessings of the priesthood and the purpose of the priesthood. Those two things are equally available to men AND women. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kara
No. They do not. We are thankful that he is a prophet and that through him the church was restored. We only worship Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Kara
The intricacies of a spider's web, the luminosity in fireflies and glow-worms, the hues in sunsets and sunrises all tell me that Heavenly Father loves me. Yes, there is a sense and order and movement that is explicable by scientific principles that are true. But if efficiency and evolution were the only things that kept life going, then why all the beauty and extra things that take my breath away when I am there to experience them? There will never be hard scientific proof that God exists, but there will always be spiritual manifestations and I like to think of them as reminders for us, his children, that He is there and hoping that we will choose to remember him and return. Show more Show less