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Hi I'm Karina

I'm a BYU graduate studying law. I am a returned missionary from the Perú Huancayo Mission. I want to be an Air Force JAG.

About Me

I am a graduate from BYU and am continuing my post-graduate studies in law. I was born in Texas, but grew up in California, so the West Coast is home for me. I have an older brother who returned from his full-time mission and a younger brother who is mentally disabled (he can't speak and has Autism and Epilepsy). I love reading and doing jigsaw puzzles. I was called to be the Ward Organist in my home ward when I was 12 and spent a number of years playing for Sacrament meetings and other church activities. I enjoy playing the piano and love to listen to music (videogame soundtracks are some of my favorite pieces of music). I was a cadet in Civil Air Patrol (an official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force) for two years and served as Cadet Commander of my home squadron for a year. My involvement in Civil Air Patrol (CAP) has greatly impacted my life and has inspired me to work toward a career in the military. While at BYU, I worked as a Resident Assistant (RA) for on-campus housing. I loved working as an RA and I enjoyed welcoming and mentoring new freshmen. I returned from my service as a full-time misisonary in the Perú Huancayo Mission which was a great experience. My ultimate goal after law school is to join the Air Force JAG Corps as a commissioned officer. I want to serve my country and use my future legal training to help other people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church and have always had the Gospel in my life. I am very thankful for my membership in the Church. The true Gospel of Jesus Christ gives my life perspective and helps me understand why I have trials and struggles. Although I have never been without the Gospel in my life, I know that my outlook on life wouldn't be the same without the knowledge that Christ is my Savior and that the true Church was indeed restored to the earth. I know that the Gospel is true and that the Prophet Joseph Smith was directed by God to restore the truth to the earth. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it testifies that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. He atoned for our sins and wants us to return to live with him and Heavenly Father. There is a purpose to this existence and I know that life doesn't end when we die. I have had a friend pass away at a young age and the knowledge that I will see her again is comforting. I am thankful for blessings that I have received and for the opportunity I have to read the scriptures and to listen to the words of modern-day prophets. There is such happiness to be found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I served as the Ward Organist in my home ward for a number of years and provided the music for Sacrament meetings and other church activities. I have also served as a Visiting Teaching Supervisor in my previous Young Single Adults (YSA) Ward at BYU, which meant that I was responsible to contact other women in the ward and find out if they were able to meet with their "sisters." I also taught a few lessons in my women's group (known as Relief Society) on Sundays. I attend my church meetings weekly, in addition to other ward activities, and always try to be an example of Christ during the week. I enjoy sharing the Gospel with friends and associates and hope that my example has helped them know that God loves us and has a plan for our happiness.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sometimes called a cult because certain principles and doctrines of the Church, such as the nature of the Godhead, appear to be unorthodox (in comparison with other Christian faiths). The Church is also seen as a cult because of the mistaken impression that we worship Joseph Smith and somehow revere him as deity. The Prophet Joseph Smith was a modern-day prophet who bore the same responsibilities and authority from God as prophets of old did. We respect him and honor him for his role in restoring the Gospel to the earth, however, we do not worship him or place him above Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I know without a doubt that a prophet exists on the earth today who speaks for the Lord and gives us counsel and warnings. The world has need of a prophet just as in times of old, and God has provided the world with a modern-day prophet who leads the Church today. Joseph Smith was the first prophet since the restoration of the Gospel, and we have a current prophet living on the earth today. Although the prophet doesn't carry a staff or eat locusts and honey, he does hold the keys of the Priesthood and is the spokesperson for the Lord. Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's prophet and he has the authority to speak for the Lord and direct the Church. Show more Show less

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

I know that God exists when I see all of the beautiful and wondrous things that He created for us to enjoy. I raised zebra finches for many years and I was always amazed to see how unique each one was. Every single one had its own personality and its own beauty. These little birds were not created simply by chance, and seeing them was a testament that they were created by God. I know that God is real because I have had things happen in my life that are not simply "coincidence." I have met certain people at certain times and then realized afterward that everything fell into place in miraculous ways for those encounters to happen. Show more Show less