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Hi I'm Karissa

I love sports. I come from a big family, whom I love dearly. I married my best friend in 2013 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student attending Brigham Young University and am studying to be a Physical Education Teacher and a Coach. I have grown up loving and playing sports, specifically basketball. I played all four years in high school and continue to play the sport whenever I can. Although I am still a student I have had the opportunity of coaching four different basketball teams. Two freshman teams and a 7th and 8th grade team. I served an LDS mission for 18 months in Argentina and absolutely fell in love with the culture and people, it has become a huge part of my life, especially because my husband served in Argentina too. We got married in 2013 and continue to love and support each other in all aspects of our lives. I am so incredibly happy and blessed and I can honestly say I owe 100% of that to being a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

My father is a convert, and my mother has always been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, so I was born into the church and have always been a member. When I was younger I didn't know any better so I "borrowed" my parent's testimonies to know that the church was true. When I got older I started to figure things out for myself. One day I was reading in the Book of Mormon and realized that I had personally never asked to see if it was true or not. I knew the Book of Mormon was true because that's what I had been taught, but I also knew it was important for me to know on my own. So I finished reading and just like it says to do in the scriptures, I knelt down and said a prayer, asking to see if the Book of Mormon was a true book. As soon as I was finished with my prayer I remember immediately feeling this warmth come over me as if I was being hugged by my Heavenly Father. During this the thought came to my head, yes, the Book of Mormon is true and you already knew it. I started crying, because I knew I had received an answer from my Heavenly Father telling me that the Book was true. I have never doubted it since. I never doubted it before, but now I can stand on my own two feet and testify that the Book of Mormon is true and it has changed my life and will forever change my life. I am so grateful that our Heavenly Father answers our prayers and loves each of us individually so much that no matter where we are in live or what our past has been like, he will answer. All we have to do is kneel and ask and be humble enough to receive an answer. He is always there for us and loves us endlessly. That is why I'm a Mormon, because it has changed my life and I cannot deny that what we believe is true. I am a Mormon and I absolutely love it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by helping out as much as possible. I am involved with a lot of the women in my church and love getting to know each one of them. Each woman is so incredible and each have their unique stories and ways as to how they received their testimonies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and it truly helps me to build my own and find other way to strengthen my testimony. One thing I love about being a Mormon is that everyone is given responsibilities or callings, but no one calling or responsibility is higher up than the other. We are all equal because we are all on the same team! We are all trying to build the kingdom of God. I love that because when I was younger I had callings that entitled me to create activities once a week for young single adults, and it doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but through those activities other people have strengthened their testimonies and that is the best result you can ask for. That through any type of service you offer, one person is better off than before because of it. That's what the church is all about and that's what living your faith is all about. Doing something, even though it may seem small, so that one person is better off because of what you did. Everyday I wake up and try to live my life so that just one person is better off, maybe I get lucky and two or three people will benefit from my service, but honestly it's worth it even it's just one person. Living your faith to me means that every day I am striving to live how Jesus lived. I am striving to be a better person myself, so that others can look to me for guidance, or I can influence someone in a positive way. Living my faith is making sure that because I am who I am, someone else can be a little more confident or feel a little bit more of God's love that he already has for them but they've forgotten about. I love being a Mormon and I love living my faith.