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Hi I'm Karisa

I'm a musical theatre fan. I'm an introvert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I was 8, my parents got divorced and I was raised by my mom. Every day, she taught me how to be a better person and to always try to improve. She taught me by her example to always find opprotunities to serve others, no matter what trials I was currently dealing with in my own life, there is always someone that needs a hug or a smile. I went to college for Early Childhood/Special Education. I love working with young children; although it is challenging at times, the small things they teach me every day make up for those difficult times. I'm excited to leave to serve a mission for 18 months in the Fort Collins, Colorado area! I love road trips. Nothing is better than driving by myself listening to some good 90's tunes or musical theatre cast recordings.

Why I am a Mormon

I have not always been 100% active in the LDS faith. I thought that my choices did not make that much of an impact on my life, attitude, or overall wellbeing. As my life continued to spiral down, around 2009-2011, I realized that I missed being able to communicate with my Father in Heaven. I missed feeling loved and valued. After a few 'rock bottom' experiences within a few days of each other, I realized where my relationship with God was, I knew I had to do something to change it. I started trying to change a little bit at a time: praying, reading the scriptures, and even simply smiling more. Seeing the changes in my life over the past few years, I know that the gospel is what I was missing. Living as a Mormon is a wonderful blessing in my life and I never want to live without it again. I hope that sharing my experiences might help someone else realize that there is still hope for them. There is a Father in Heaven that loves you and Jesus that is cheering for you each and every day to return to Heaven.

How I live my faith

I try my best to improve something in my life every day. We are all busy, but remembering to trust the Lord, rely on His guidance and love every day, helps me tremendously in all the things I need to do. The best way I have tried to live my faith is to simply be kind. Act as if Christ was watching. Smile. Be happy. Help those around me.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Karisa
I believe the purpose of this life is to prepare to meet God, simple as that but yet so many don't know. This life is a time for us to learn, to grow, to mess up occasionally, to learn to love unconditionally, all so one day, we may return to live in heaven for eternity, if we are prepared. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Karisa
As a Mormon women, I think we are like most other women. I like watching reality tv, working, and help make decisions. Were I feel a stereotype comes in is that in our church, men and women are viewed as equal but different in our roles. Men are generally more responsible for providing for a family and women are generally more responsible for raising the children. But this does not mean that it should not overlap. Quite the opposite actually. Men, while trying to provide for his family, should also be involved in child rearing. Women should help maintain the home. In these economic times, many families do need two 'working' adults to just pay the bills. It's a joint effort, a collaboration, and a blessing sustaining these roles. For more information on the church's position on men and women roles, I'd encourage you to read "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" established in 1995. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Karisa
Our tithing money goes to help build the kingdom of God on the earth. This is done through building more church buildings (where Sunday worship happens), temples, some missionary expenses, and teaching materials. The church's humanitarian projects are also funded with tithes. Every time there is a disaster (flood, tornado, fire, hurricane, etc.), the church sends needed supplies to help aid all those that have been affected. It has been a blessing in my life to pay tithing and help contribute to the good resources the money goes to. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Karisa
During Sunday worship services, we do dress up. Women wear skirt/blouse or a dress and men wear white shirt with tie and dress pants. However, it's not required to dress up, just customary. All are welcome to attend church services. Holidays, we celebrate normal Christian holidays in the states. Christmas, Easter, New Years Eve, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, etc. Black Friday isn't celebrated as much, because we like to focus on the Resurrection of Christ that took place later. In Utah (I learned after moving to the area), another huge holiday is July 24th. Similar celebrations compared to the July 4 holiday. Often there are fireworks, parades, bbq's, etc.. July 24 celebrates the anniversary of when the Utah Pioneers first settled in the Salt Lake area. Show more Show less