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Hi I'm Carrin Zarada

I'm 19. I love the mountains, camping, and indie music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Until I was 14 years old my family had never lived in the same place for longer than two years. I have lived in Illinois, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah, Texas, and Idaho. I have never been fond of staying in the same place. After my 18 month mission in Salta, Argentina, I will continue to attend college at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I study nursing. I would like to eventually become a nurse practitioner. I have three siblings, two parents, and a dog. I have played the trumpet for 11 years. I also play the guitar. I love hiking and kayaking.

Why I am a Mormon

God wants us to be happy. I have never found more happiness in anything else than I do in this church. I have lived all over the United States and regardless of where I go, the sense of unity and love remains in each congregation and each meeting house. Every teaching and every belief is deep-rooted in prolonged happiness and health. Mormons look out for each other. Mormons serve each other. Mormons do not stop when things get difficult. It has been this way since the very beginning of the history of the church. I have been supported and served and I would like to live my life in a way that enables me to pay it forward. I know without a doubt that Christ leads by example and He was charitable. I will follow His example and try my best to be selfless. I know that the happiness that is found in this church exists because of the consistent focus on service and enduring to the end. The longer I live, the more I know that I would be a fraction of the person I am today without it. The longer I live, the more I know that I would not give up this gospel for anything.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a missionary in Salta, Argentina. I am putting schooling on hold, I am putting my regular life on hold, all because this means so much to me. As individuals we are given opportunities each day to be examples of Christ and to share His light. Seldom in our lives are we given opportunities such as this one. I am very grateful and very excited to share the knowledge I have with people who have questions. I am also very excited to learn for myself as much as I can about Christlike love and service.

What is faith?

Carrin Zarada
I think a large part of the natural-man is the reliance on things like facts and numbers to tell us what to do and where to go. Faith is trust. It is letting go of that need for evidence and it is having an understanding of the fact that we aren't perfect beings and because of that, we can not physically understand all things. We can not have a perfect understanding of things the way that God does and we have to be okay with that. If we could sit there and write down an equation that God is real or write a formula to get into heaven, it would not be hard. It would not be a learning process. Faith wouldn't be required. A great example is the 3 Nephi 9:20. The verse says, "and ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost". In this context, the word "broken" doesn't mean "fractured" or "damaged". It is similar to the meaning of "breaking" a horse. Regarding horses, the term means that the horse is being trained to take a rider and to develop trust and respect that it can do some on its own, but it can do so much more with the rider's guidance. We are that same way with our Heavenly Father. We can develop a relationship with Him and when we maintain the relationship with faith in Him, we can accomplish so much more than we ever could. Show more Show less