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Hi I'm Kara

I'm a student. I'm an opera singer. I'm a world traveler. I'm a runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My home and heart reside in the state of Washington but I've had the opportunity to visit all sorts of lovely places in my 20 years, including South Africa, Costa Rica, Uruguay, New Zealand, Uganda, and more. Culture fascinates me but, more than anything, I have been amazed as I witness the diversity and ever-present divine nature of God's children throughout the world. My family is first in my life! I love them and along with supporting and encouraging me, they certainly keep life interesting! My dad is an armwrestler and my mom is a Spanish teacher and marathon runner. They've taught me to work hard and seek out and develop new talents-- something that has blessed my life as I've found a passion for music and an enjoyment for running. I am a student at Brigham Young University in Utah where I am blessed with the opportunity to continue expanding and exploring these horizons, and more! Currently, I am devoting my time and heart to serving a mission in Porto, Portugal! I intend to find ways throughout my life to serve and to love. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to spread not only my love, but our Heavenly Father's love for His children throughout the world through His words and His gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

As both of my parents are members of the church (my dad being a convert) I was fortunate enough to be born into this gospel. Still, that is not necessarily WHY I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It is my own personal choice. As I have learned and come to understand principles of this gospel from a young age, so have I come to love them. Knowing that my family can be together for eternity, that I can continue to grow and progress in knowledge and service both in this life and in the next, and many more beautiful aspects of the gospel have blessed and continue to bless my life.

How I live my faith

My answer to this question has evolved all throughout my life but has taken a pretty unique turn as of late upon becoming a full time missionary for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have come to understand and love the fact that the gospel can be appreciated on any level. If desired, one can delve into the scholastic facts of the church: whipping out time lines and studying the historical context of the New Testament. One could explore all the connecting passages and patterns within the scriptures that lead to great personal insight. Or, it can simply be appreciated that God is our loving Heavenly Father. The fact that so many wonderful facets exist to be explored truly lends itself to the gospel's eternal nature. This collection of truths is applicable in any stage of life, during any need, and at any level of understanding. That means it is applicable to anyone. To everyone. And I want to be able to share a bit of the gospel and the joy it has brought me with everyone; currently that will be taking place in the ever-lovely Porto, Portugal mission.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Christ is absolutely one of the most beautiful aspects of the gospel. In the garden of Gethsemane and on the cross Jesus experienced the pain of not only every sin, but every negative experience that each individual soul-- including you and me-- would experience during this life on Earth. That means that when you feel most alone and you are sure that no one could ever understand what you are going through, there is one who does. Through prayer and faith in Christ the benefits of the atonement can be ours. Burdens of guilt or shame or sorrow can be eased. The Atonement is so incredible because it allows for a balance of justice and mercy. God is a god of justice. It cannot be any other way. This WOULD mean that each man must suffer in full for each of his sins and-- because no unclean thing can be in the presence of God--- we would never be able to live with our Heavenly Father again. This is the law of justice. However, because Christ suffered for our sins, He, in a sense, paid the penalty that we should have to pay. This allows us to receive mercy, become perfected, and eventually live with God again. Because the price was paid, the law of justice is kept. Because it is Christ that paid that price, we are allowed to receive mercy. It is through Christ that all sins and struggles may be lifted. It is through Christ as our mediator to the Father that we may receive support from someone who fully understands us in this life and return to our Father in the next. Show more Show less