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Hi I'm Carissa Ko

I am a proud Chinese-American. I am a musician, foodie, sister, and daughter. And, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and raised by two loving parents who immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong. From wrestling my sister to going to the beach on weekends, I would say that I had a very typical Californian childhood. At a young age, I discovered a passion for music and food that led to my interest in violin and my constant desire to be in the kitchen. Throughout high school, I sang in choirs and traveled as far as my car would take me to get good food. Currently, I am a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah studying Business Management. I aspire to be a lawyer in the near future and work closely with non-profit organizations that work to help people transcend poverty. I also aspire to someday be a loving wife and mother to my future husband and kids.

Why I am a Mormon

At first, I was Mormon because I had no other choice. My parents were members of the church and I was destined to be one as well. However, as I was baptized and grew older, I learned that I truly desired to be a part of this church. I know that as a member of this church, I can find eternal happiness because of Jesus Christ. The message of this church is one of hope and joy. It teaches me daily to be a kinder person, a more loving friend and family member, and blesses me with comfort at the most stressful of times. I am a Mormon because I have felt of Christ's gentle love. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy! I am a Mormon because I know that the doctrines and teachings of this church are true. I love this gospel and the message that it brings to the world.

How I live my faith

Boldly, daily. My faith is such a central aspect of my life because it grants me so much joy and peace everyday. By doing the simple things, I hope to show my love and gratitude for the wonderful blessing that is my religion. In finding opportunities to serve those around me, expressing my love for my family, sharing my religious beliefs, and attending church, I live my faith. To me, there is no need for grand gestures or profound proclamation. Just by dedicating my every act of service or word of encouragement to Christ is enough. My faith is my purpose. I strive to convey God's love whenever I perform, study, and interact with family, friends, and strangers.