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Hi I'm Karson

I grew up around the world. I like to run. I'm on a mission to Arcadia California, Spanish speaking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey! My name is Karson and my Dad is in the Air Force. As a result, I have grown up just about everywhere, Kansas, South Carolina, Japan, Germany, Washington D.C. etc. It's been awesome to meet so many people around the world and experience different cultures. It has been hard, moving all the time, but the gospel has been such a help to me in that area. In high school, I ran two years of cross country and four years of track. I played for four years in the marching band and I played the trumpet for about 7 years (from 5th to 12th grade) in the symphonic band. I like playing just about all sports, but my favorites are soccer and ultimate frisbee. After high school I went to BYU for a year studying physiology and developmental biology. While there I played on the frisbee team there for one semester and then the next semester I trained for and ran a marathon with one of my friends. I love to meet people and serve them. That's one reason that right now I'm in the Missionary Training Center learning Spanish to serve the people of Arcadia California.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have taken Moroni's challenge (found in Moroni chapter 10:3-5) and found out for myself that the Book of Mormon is the word of God revealed to His servant Joseph Smith in these days. I have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost guide me and instruct me on what I need to do and feel. I am a Mormon because I have a testimony of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven love us so much, beyond our comprehension of love. It is for this reason they give us prophets in our day. I know the heavens are not closed. God and Jesus Christ want to talk to us and let us know how we can live life better in this world so that we can return to live with Them again in Heaven. A prophet lives on the Earth today. Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet of the entire world, not just the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He receives revelation relevant to all people. I know because I have prayed and had the Spirit bear witness to me of the truthfulness of this doctrine. I am a Mormon because Jesus Christ brings happiness and peace to my life. I know I can live with my family forever through my faithful obedience and attending the temple. I know that Jesus Christ, my Savior and Redeemer, lives and loves each and every one of us individually. He wants us to come to Him for aid and comfort. It is for this reason He died for us and then was resurrected for us. He experienced all of our sins, sorrow, sicknesses, and infirmities. He knows what we have gone through and can offer comfort and peace in our lives as we come to Him, repent, and change our lives to follow His commandments. I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and I strive to emulate Him in all ways. I know that through the Book of Mormon and faith ful prayer, you too can know these truths of which I have spoken. You can take Moroni's challenge to pray with real intent and ask God if these things are not true. I promise that He will answer you and your life will change forever.

How I live my faith

One of the biggest ways I participated in my ward back home was through a calling called hometeaching. This is where two members are assigned several families to take care of and serve at any occasion or time. We visited these families or individuals at least once a month. I loved going into the homes of these individuals and then teaching a gospel principle. We were able to share our testimonies of the gospel and I learned a great deal from the people I visited. My companion, a great man in the ward, also helped me. He would often answer my gospel (or life) related questions with love and patience. Also, every ward (congregation) has a boy scout troop associated with it. I highly enjoyed participating in that program. We would often go camping or on adventure trips (such as a canoe trip). During these trips we bonded together as a troop and shared in many great experiences (like cooking bacon on a shovel, learning how to water ski, fishing, road trip games, and much much more!) We also had opportunities to learn principles of Jesus Christ and share testimonies around the campfire. I remember when Hurricane Katrina hit, we organized a group from the ward and drove down to an area (I think in Alabama that was also hit) and we helped clean up. Wow, what an experience. This experience really showed me that I need to follow the example of Christ and serve all those around me. I need to emulate the love of the Savior and live His teachings. The Church is all about service, love and, ultimately, becoming like Christ. I do this through obeying God's commandments, reading the scriptures (specifically the Bible and the Book of Mormon), and striving to follow the example of Jesus Christ in all of my thoughts, words, and deeds.