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Hi I'm Carissa

I grew up in Utah. I'm a hard worker and I'm ready to begin the hardest but most rewarding time of my life. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah. My dad is from Alaska and my mom is from Colombia, South America. I have visited both places, and I am proud of both sides of my heritage. I love to read, swim, dance, eat, listen to music, write poetry, and watch movies. I graduated from Utah Valley University with an Associates Degree before graduating from high school. I am now attending Brigham Young University, but because I enjoy both art and science, choosing a major has proven difficult.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a Mormon as I was born into the church. It is the religion of my parents, and I did what they did. There comes a time in everyone's life that you have to find out for yourself if you truly believe in what you have been taught. As I got older, I realized that going off of my parents' beliefs really wasn't enough for me. So, I changed my focus. Instead of doing the things I did just because it's what I'd been doing, I started to do them to learn and help me understand if this was really where I should be. I can testify that it is. The Gospel and the church have blessed my life in countless ways. I know that God is aware of me. He knows my joys and He knows my sorrows. So many times He has put people in my path to bring me up when I am down or simply to let me know that I am loved. I have been blessed with parents who are very supportive of my goals and desires in life. They have helped me get to where I am today. But ultimately, I know I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for a Heavenly Father watching over me. The thought that someone would allow their child to suffer and die for me is so hard to comprehend. The very idea that someone would even give their life for me is mind-blowing. The amount of love that our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ have for each of us is never-ending. I know that They live. I know that They love me. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet called by God to restore His church back onto the earth. I know that the prophet Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet as well. I love him dearly and will always support him. I know that miracles still happen today. I know we can receive personal revelation if we ask the Lord in faith. I will forever be grateful that I have a loving Savior who bled and died for me so that I may have the opportunity to live with my Heavenly Father and my family again. I am proud to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My beliefs greatly influence the decisions I make in my life. For example, it is important to me to attend church every Sunday; therefore, I have tried to get jobs that don't require me to work on Sundays so that I can attend regularly. I also believe that service is a key element in following Christ. I have served in several class leadership positions in the Young Women's organization in my ward. Recently, I have served as the pianist in the women's organization (Relief Society), but now I will be taking a year and a half to go serve a mission in Spain. I believe that is is important to reach out to others the way the Lord reaches out to us. You never know who you could touch just by getting to know people and lending a listening ear.