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Hi I'm Kearis

I'm just a girl from Idaho with no clue about the real world, but I believe I have a purpose here on Earth. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up at the bottom of a heap of 7 kids, where I recieved way more attention than any one child should get! We live on a ranch, my dad works with natural gas and my mom is an elementary school principal. Our town is small, quiet, and 97% LDS. I'm grateful to have grown up in a culture where my beliefs are so prominent, but I hope to meet new people and experience other cultures throughout my life. I've been called to serve a full-time, 18 month mission in the Texas, McCallen mission speaking Spanish! I cannot wait to serve my Savior and share His restored gospel with anyone who will listen, proclaiming the love that our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ have for each one of them. I also like to write, play the piano, read, hold good smelling babies, stomp in mud puddles when it rains, and eat everything yummy.

Why I am a Mormon

For a while, I was a Mormon because I've always been a Mormon. It was so natural to me to wake up and attend the LDS church on Sunday morning that I never thought twice about it. But one day, in my early teenage years, I realized that I would live my whole life in a monotonous rut unless I became converted for myself! So I dug into the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon. I heard and read the conversion stories of others, and put myself in situations where I could feel the Spirit everyone kept talking about. When I knelt to pray, asking God if the Book of Mormon was true, no angels sang. I did not see a heavenly messenger. In fact, nothing at all really happened. But still I knelt, quietly waiting. What did happen was subtle. It was a gradual filling of my body with warmth, almost like warm water washing over me from the inside. There was nothing false about this feeling; I felt pure, peaceful, and happy. I knew from that quiet feeling that what I had believed to be true for a long time was in fact true. He lives! He loves us! This is His restored chruch on the earth today! I did not need an intense spiritual moment or a miracle, I just knew. I know it's true because nothing else gives me that feeling of quiet assurance and peace. I know it's true because I have felt His love, and there is no going back. I am converted again and again to the gospel of Jesus Christ, every time I reach out to Him in humility and feel Him there, for He is always there.

How I live my faith

I serve in my church wherever I am asked, and try to jump in and offer even when I am not asked. I fill in for the teachers of the children, visit sisters in my ward on a regular basis to love and serve them, and often play the piano or organ for the singing of hymns in my church meetings. I strive to be an example of constant obedience to God's commands, love for everyone around me, and constant kindness. I'm not perfect, but Heavenly Father makes me more than I could be on my own.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Kearis
Testimony is what an individual believes to be true. It is given to us by the Holy Ghost, who tells is in our minds and hearts when something is of God. When we gain a testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true organization of Christ's disciples on the earth, and that it is His true gospel again restored to the earth, we find joy, increased vision, and a feeling of proximity to Heaven. It is my testimony of God the eternal Father, Jesus Christ, and their plan for our return to their presence that sees me through hard times and trials. My testimony is my most valued possession. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Kearis
My family and I are funding my full-time mission in Texas. I plan to pay for as much as I can, at least half of the cost. I am grateful to have been able to save for my mission and learn the value of being thrifty in order to serve my Savior. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Kearis
Being a Mormon is like...well, being any other person! We love to laugh and have fun, go on vacations, spend time with our families, and set goals to reach our dreams. I live what some would call strict rules: I don't drink coffee or tea, I don't swear, I don't wear short shorts. But all of those things are based on the commandments given to us by Heavenly Father, and they increase my happiness and freedom. It might sound crazy, but you might just have to come and see what I'm talking about! (Ether 12:26- "...for ye recieve no witness until after the trial of your faith.") I'm still a young adult with trials and struggles, but living the Gospel of Jesus Christ helps me to know who I am and where I'm going. Show more Show less