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Hi I'm Karisa

I am a finance geek, pianist, Church Service Missionary, college student, Chiari survivor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello! I'm a finance intern with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and help with Temple construction. I love anything to do with budgets, accounting or finance, and yes I'm a total geek. I've been playing piano for most of my life, and I've had the opportunity to accompany a lot of fun musical groups, and to perform in a lot of different venues. I've also added organ to my repertoire and I play for my school's devotionals. As a Church Service Missionary, I'm the Administrative Assistant for the Priesthood Advisory team with Family History in North America. I've been doing it for over a year now and I love it! I love the color orange, outdoors, sunsets, cooking, dancing, singing, and meeting new people! I've had several challenges in my life. I'm a Chiari Malformation survivor, which means that my brain didn't have any room in my skull and caused me lots of nerve damage, and had to be fixed with surgery. For years I struggled with my illness which I also contracted Staph Meningitis from. From developing Epilepsy, to relearning simple things like how to walk and talk. I made the Lord a promise during that hard time, that if it was His will that I would live, I would dedicate my life to serving Him. I've had a lot of hard things happen in my life, and this is just one of them, and the Lord has never failed to get me through them.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been asking myself that question a lot lately. Why am I a member of this Church? I think for me it has to do with my personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and with Jesus Christ. I've had the Holy Ghost bear to me that it's true! I think the knowledge that I'm a literal Heavenly Daughter of God, and that He loves me as His daughter, and become like Him, is extremely valuable to me. That there is life after death, and that there is a plan! The fact that I can ask questions, and there are answers, and that I'm encouraged to ask! I don't know everything, but I had more knowledge than before, and I continue to grow and obtain more through this church. I'm always progressing infinitely, and there is no end to it. I'm a Mormon, because after studying and praying daily, I come to a personal conviction and a feeling in my heart that it is true. I'm not here on blind faith, but because I have found it's a fact that it has Holy and Sacred truths that are not found anywhere else. This comes with promises and blessings and knowledge that comes from knowing you are in God's true church.

How I live my faith

I'll start by first saying that I am not a perfect person by any means. The way I live my faith is to love others, unconditionally. I see friends in people I've never met, and just seeing the best in others. I try to live as the Savior taught to love one another, and to love your neighbor to the best of my ability no matter where they are coming from. Like I said I'm not perfect and sometimes people make me angry. That's when I try to see from their perspective, and not look at how they are hurting me but what they need, and how I can help them to be happier. I strive to keep all the commandments and promises I have made with the Lord, as I dedicate my life to serving Him. I keep in constant communication with Him, and try to do the things that He would do. I'm one of those annoying "Yes!" people who try and do everything, and sometimes fall short. I'm always working to better myself, and help others, and come closer to where He is. I live my faith by forgiving people, and seeking forgiveness, from them and from God. I use the atonement everyday in my life as I make mistakes and learn from them.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Everyone has times in their life they wish they could take back. Past mistakes, regrets, and icky situations that were just plain awkward or horrific in how they turned out. We so desperately wish someone could take a big pink eraser and blot out those times. Now, we do not recall all these times, though some are deep scars on our conscience. Sometimes we feel so muddy, so dirty, that we don't see how it is possible that anyone can love us. There is a light at the end of this dark tunnel of pain, suffering and sin. Jesus Christ, is our Savior, which means he atoned for all our sins. That Atonement is the big pink eraser in our lives. As we confess our sins, our griefs and pains to God, and anyone else who has been harmed by it, or to the proper authorities we take the first steps in having that eraser work in our lives. We must ask forgiveness from God and anyone we may have harmed with our actions. When its possible, repair the damage we have done. Then most importantly, stop doing that sin, toss it out the window, get help if you need to, and make a solid effort to keep His commandments. When we do this, a relief, an indescribable amount of relief and joy will enter into your life. I have felt it, I'm not perfect, I sin a lot as a human being unfortunately. But, as I draw closer to Him and repent, those icky situations are taken away, and His loving hands which hold scars of His own suffering for us, erase away those times, and I am made perfect once again. Show more Show less