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Hi I'm Karess

I'm a middle child who loves music & reading books. I'm Hawaiian-Samoan with ties to Ireland & Germany & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was in high school I had 8 best friends. I know 8 is a big number to have when describing something as "best" but it's true, every single one of them was the best. We survived the awkward teenage and early adult years by supporting and strengthening one another. After graduating from college with a BA in Psychology I realized that everyone needs to know they have a best friend. Someone to support them, listen to them and help them through the hard times. I love seeing people smile, making people laugh and even being silly. I have 29 aunts and uncles, 80+ first cousins on both sides of my family and know that families can be together forever. I cannot imagine my life without my family. We're not perfect, we may disagree from time to time, we may not even have the same religious beliefs, but over all the love we have for each other keeps us together.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon both by birth and by choice. My parents were both converts to the church when they were in their youth. Though my father grew up in Samoa and my mother was raised in Hawaii, they both lived lives of struggle where they had to make the best of what little they had. After meeting each other and being sealed as husband and wife for all eternity in the Laie Hawaii Temple they had three beautiful daughters. We were taught since I can remember about the gospel of Jesus Christ and His church. I always knew it was true, because I was taught it was true. I prayed, I read my scriptures and I learned songs about our Savior. The Spirit always testified to me through music that He was there and if He was there, then He was real. Then our Father in Heaven must also be real. Then His Son, Jesus Christ is most definitely real. I can't exactly pinpoint the exact day and time my conversion to the Lord and His church started. It was little by little, trial by trial, blessing by blessing. Because of this I was able to develop a testimony and a sure knowledge that God has a plan for each of us. That our Brother, Jesus Christ is central to that plan. That His atoning sacrifice is the bridge that allows us to return to live with God again. I know that this gospel is true because I have come to learn for myself. I know that Joseph Smith was God's chosen instrument to restore His gospel in it's fulness back to the earth. That the Book of Mormon is a true record of an ancient people and the answers to life's problems can be found in their words. I have a living testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that we can be forgiven of our sins, relieved of our burdens and rise victoriously from the grave because of it.

How I live my faith

One of the ways that I live my faith is through the sharing of my musical talents. As a Ward Music Director I am able to choose and lead appropriate worship music for our Ward's Sacrament meeting every Sunday. I also have the responsibility of playing the organ or piano and supporting the Ward Choir. Since I've become the Ward Music Director we've had three Ward Choir firesides, or concerts, that focused around the life and love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. We've been blessed to share our songs of testimony with over 300 people at every fireside. I know that worthy music can touch the soul and bear witness of the reality of our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. This is why I love music so much. I have felt the influence of the Spirit when I sing or listen to worthy music.