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Hi I'm Carissa

I am a convert to the church. I'm a Mormon and love it!

About Me

First of all, I want to sincerely THANK You for taking the time to read what I have to say: I met the church in May and I was baptized June 2nd. I am 27 and preparing to serve my mission in South America in December. I am thrilled! Though, it's unusual for someone who is 27 but, I LOVE the Gospel and I want to share this good news with the world. I am so appreciative for all the knowledge and revelation I am able to obtain because of the teachings of the church and the blessings of keeping the commandments. This decision to be baptized and join the church is one that I am eternally grateful for. The truth of the Gospel and the love of the church gives me direction and purpose for my life. I admire the perfect obedience and bravery of Joseph Smith and his example to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I compare being Mormon with other religions in a sense that, other religions are beautiful, especially if they are good by nature and worship Jesus Christ and God, our Heavenly Father. I believe that other religions are positive for people and I appreciate their establishments because they too provide means of comfort for people trying to find themselves. That said, the "fullness" of the gospel restored is in our church. The authority and keys of the Priesthood were restored to the Earth to Joseph Smith through Peter, James, John. (Meaning, the church was restored "back to the days" after Jesus had passed and before the Apostasy.) Apostasy means, we humans turned to each other for divine guidance and direction and we interpreted scriptures as we saw fit. Through the Restored Gospel, I am confident that the scriptures are complete and accurate in their fullness and the Book of Mormon ALONGSIDE the Bible provides ANOTHER testament to Jesus Christ. It's kind of like....before I knew Algebra...now that I am LDS and I have the fullness of the gospel. I have access to so much more revelation and divine instruction that I now know Calculus. Both are math concepts and both are very similar, but the lessons learned for me personally have GREATLY increased. That said, with the more knowledge I have, the better I am at making decisions and discern between, good, better and best. :)

How I live my faith

I LOVE my ward!!! I am in the YSA ward in Dallas and they are my extended family. In the church I have four callings which I am very proud of: :) 1. Ward Missionary 2. Gospel Principles Teacher - I believe a lesson is better with chocolate for the class after their attention. 3. Sunday School Gospel Principles President 4. Door Greeter in Sacrament *(This one is actually one of my favorites because I get to greet and be greeted by all my friends who walk in the door!) It's just amazing how you can be so interconnected in the church. There is a place for everyone and it's remarkable how every person has a unique special talent and skill that they fulfill FOR the church as whole! This allows the members of the church to flourish and be held accountable for sharing and refining their talents and abilities.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Carissa
I 100% absolutely know there is a living and very loving Prophet alive and living on the earth today. I stand by his every word and I love and respect him for daily choosing to live worthily and live closely under Heavenly Fathers direction. Heavenly Father teaches us (as one means of communication) through the words of His prophets. We don't worship the Prophet. We worship Jesus Christ. But, we love and respect and are VERY grateful for our Prophet for guiding us during these latter-days. I also very much agree and believe "He leads His children (you and I) today into happier and more peaceful lives when we choose to follow the Prophet." -Church doctrine. I, Carissa, invite you to listen to our Prophet, President, Thomas S. Monson's words. They always impact me as if He was speaking to me directly and I know that if you listen closely, His words would impact and influence you as well. Show more Show less