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Hi I'm Karissa

I grew up in California in the bay area. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in California in the bay area. I love reading, singing, dancing, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. I also love anything art-related, from making collages to helping decorate for the holidays. I love holidays by the way, especially Christmas :-) Right now I'm working at Wienerschnitzel and as an AVID tutor at the high school I attended. When I was 13 years old, I had to have back surgery. I had scoliosis, and the degree of the curvature of my back was about 63 degrees, before surgery. Picture taking a cord and twisting it in a 3-D 's'; that was my spine. I remember the pain and discomfort I went through before surgery an in my recovery. It was around that time I learned that through faith in Christ I could do anything, including endure the pain. I also received my patriarchal blessing around that time as well, and it was a comfort to me.

Why I am a Mormon

Through earnestly studying the scriptures (both the Book of Mormon and the Bible) I have found answers to questions, peace and exquisite joy. I have truly come to know for myself that the Book of Mormon is true, and therefore that the prophet, Joseph Smith, was a prophet of God. I know that he restored the gospel back on the earth, and was an instrument in the Lord's hands to accomplish His divine plan. I'm grateful that we have prophets on the earth today who guide the church and receive revelation for our day. The Doctrine and Covenants section is where my testimony blossomed. I came to know, through the spirit of God, that the Book of Mormon is true; it is another testament of Jesus Christ, like the Bible. Also, the gospel is a message of peace and joy! In a world of increasing turmoil, it is a beacon of light and hope. The scriptures say that, "By their fruits, he shall know them". As a church, we are always engaged in church activities and service to others, and I feel peace and joy. We also get together with churches of different faiths for events, and this shows me how open we are to everyone. It reminds me of brotherly kindness, and that we're all children of God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day by first starting my day with a prayer. Through humbly petitioning the Lord for blessings that I and others stand in need of and thanking Him for all he's blessed me with, my days go over much better. Daily scripture study has definitely strengthened my faith as well, and has been a strength to me. Helping others and praying for missionary opportunities is another way I live my faith. Opportunities to help others not only benefit the receiver, but also the giver of the service. It gives me great joy when I have opportunities to render my service to people in what ways I can. The scriptures say that when you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God (Mosiah 2:17 in the Book of Mormon, and Matthew 25:40 in the New Testament of the Bible).