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Hi I'm Karina

I'm a band kid. I'm a composer. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the Denmark Copenhagen Mission. I grew up in Ontario, Ohio. Before my mission, I was a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and after my mission I plan to return to BYU to study music. I play trumpet in the BYU Marching Band, and absolutely love performing at the football games! I have two older sisters who are my best friends, and amazing examples of how to live a Christ-centered life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon church. I always believed it was true, but as I grew older, I watched as the world grew darker and my own life grew increasingly complicated and stressful. Through my own trials and experiences, I discovered two very simple truths: Every time I obeyed the counsel of modern and ancient prophets, it made me happy, and every time I ignored their counsel, it made me miserable. There have never been any exceptions. Knowing as I do that God must want me to be happy, and that active participation in the Mormon church and strict adherence to its teachings always made me happy, it followed logically that the Mormon church must be the church of God. Logic does not result in conversion, however, so I simply prayed and asked God if He loved me, and if the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were true. My story is not one of miraculous revelations or divine visions, but as I continued to live the commandments, study the doctrine, and pray with real intent, I felt the Holy Spirit testify to me that it is all true. I know that God is real and that He lives, that He knows us and that He loves us. I testify that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and the Redeemer of the world. His Atonement can help us through any trial we could possibly experience, because Jesus felt everything we would ever feel. Jesus has power to heal broken hearts and aching souls. I know that Christ has restored His church on the earth again through Joseph Smith. The Heavens are open again as they were in Biblical times, and God speaks to His children today through His prophet, Thomas S. Monson. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. This book changes lives - I know, because it changed mine.

How I live my faith

I was one of three Mormon teens in my high school of around 600, and because everyone knew that I was a Latter-day Saint, I was always very aware of my responsibility to represent the church and my Savior well. Growing up in a non-LDS community really helped me gain an appreciation for this incredible gospel, and realize my responsibility to share this precious gift with others. I have now been called to serve as a missionary and representative of the Lord in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I will invite others to come unto the Savior, Jesus Christ.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mormons absolutely believe that the Bible is the word of God! I personally love the Bible and have a very strong testimony of it's truthfulness, because it has helped me grow closer to Jesus Christ. I especially love the four gospels given at the beginning of the New Testament, which are eyewitness records of the Savior's personal ministry. I love to read the accounts of Jesus' dealings with the people in Jerusalem and other places, because His love, gentleness, and overwhelming mercy are so evident in every word He speaks and every miracle He performs. The Book of Mormon was never meant to replace or negate the Bible; in fact, the Book of Mormon and the Bible complement each other and work together to testify that Jesus is the Christ, and that by Him only can we be saved. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is more than simply believing that God and Jesus Christ exist. To have faith is to trust them; to trust their plan and to trust their timing, even if we do not fully understand their commandments or their plan for us. Our faith need not be blind - we can ask questions through prayer and search out answers in the scriptures. Our faith is not stagnant. It grows as we nourish it and practice obedience and righteous living. Faith is not something that will simply come upon us. We can choose to have faith, and the more we choose to be faithful, the more our faith will grow and allow us to trust our Heavenly Father. My faith in my Father has strengthened me every day of my life. I've had plenty of times in my life when I asked God, why did this happen to me? or, why do I feel like this? And as I've come to see how each of my trials have helped me learn and grow, I've developed greater trust in my God. Show more Show less