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Hi I'm Karlee

I grew up in California. I am a junior at BYU-Idaho studying biochemistry.

About Me

I am the youngest of five children. I have the best family in the world, and can't imagine my life without them. I started taking dance classes when I was 9. I love to dance. I was on the dance/drill team at my high school for four years. I have played the piano since I was 5. My favorite type of music to play is hymn arrangements. I am currently in college and am planning on majoring in biochemistry. I want to become a pharmacist. I love science, especially organic chemistry.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church but the gospel was never forced on me, like some may think. My parents always made it clear that it was my decision to keep the commandments or go to church. They encouraged me to attend activities and church weekly however. I was baptized, like most people who were born into the church, by my older brother when I turned eight. I knew it was the right thing to do and I remember feeling comforted and extremely happy with my decision to be baptized. I don't think my testimony came until later though. I was just relying on my parent's and older sibling's testimonies for a while. When I was twelve years old I went to a girl's camp, put on by the church, for the first time. I think this was the first time I felt like I had my own testimony. I felt God's love for me and was so peaceful the entire week. Every girls camp there is a testimony meeting. Every girl that was my age bore their testimony, but I didn't. I was nervous and had never done it before. I knew I had one; I felt it in my heart. I was just too intimidated by everyone to go up in front of them and tell them what I believed. After the testimony meeting was over, one of my leaders came up to me and told me, "I know you have a testimony. You didn't have to go and share it with everyone. I love you." This made me realize that people can tell that I have a light even if I am not vocal about it. Ever since that year at camp, I continued to grow and seek to understand principle's of the gospel. I began to bear my testimony to myself and eventually in front of people. I can now say that I am Mormon because I want to be. Not because my parents or sibling are, but because I know for myself. I know that this church is the most correct of any on the earth. I am Mormon because this gospel provides me with a happiness that I have never felt anywhere else.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing my testimony and love for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I have taught sunday school and been a family home evening coordinator. I share my faith every day by being happy and optimistic about the future. When my friends ask why I am always so happy I always tell them because I have faith that everything will be okay. I trust my Heavenly Father and His plan for me.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Karlee
Mormons believe that the family is something God has ordained and blessed us with the opportunity to have. Mormons believe that a man and woman should be married and be the ones responsible for creating a family. Mothers generally are the ones who stay home and act as the comforter for their families. Fathers are in charge of providing for their family and also being the head of the home. Mormons believe that families can be sealed for time and all eternity and that families will be together in the next life too. I love my family and am so grateful for them! Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Karlee
All Mormons are not required to serve a mission. In fact, to be considered a Mormon, you do not have to serve a mission. It is a commandment for all worthy and capable priesthood holders to serve. This could be a 19 year old voluntarily leaving for two years to share the gospel and bring others to Christ. However, the church and its members recognize that not everyone has the capacity to serve and that it is okay when this happens. Females are encouraged to serve, but for them it is not a commandment. Married couples have the choice of serving a mission. There are other ways to serve and represent the church besides serving a full-time mission and all members are encouraged to do these services and share their testimonies when possible. Show more Show less