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Hi I'm Carissa

I'm an artist, a runner, and a book lover. I am going to be a missionary in the Orgeon, Eugene mission. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old, and soon to be a full-time missionary. I am passionate about many things. Since I started taking drawing, photography, and then ceramics classes in high school, art has been one of my biggest passions. I love to draw, and I have sold several commissioned drawings, and one painting, in the past few years. I always wanted to try ceramics as an early art student, and when I finally got the opportunity to try it, I found I love it as much as I do drawing. I hope to major in studio art and develop a career in drawing and ceramics someday. I also love to run and exercise; I love being fit and active and feeling accomplished because I can do hard things. Reading fiction and fantasy novels is another way I love to spend my spare time; I love being so immersed into a story and it's characters that it feels like I'm a part of it. Other things that I enjoy are baking (mostly chocolate desserts), playing the piano, making crafts and jewelry, clothing design, photography, and much more. In conclusion, if it's DIY or it's from pinterest, I'll probably love it.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, as did both of my parents. I was baptized on my 8th birthday by my father, and I have continued to have faith in this gospel since even before that time. Just like everyone, I have had my doubts; however, any feeling of doubt that I have had has disappeared every time I've prayed to know whether this was really the one and only true gospel. Not only that, but every feeling of doubt is dispelled by the feeling(s) I have when I am truly living the gospel and trying as hard as I can to be faithful. There is a noticeable feeling of peace and happiness in my life whenever I am trying my hardest to be a faithful disciple of Christ. I know for a fact that without this gospel I would not have the same peace and joy in my life that I do today. I know that this is the true gospel, and it is the only way to return to our Heavenly parents and be with our own families for eternity. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to restore the same gospel that was on the earth through Jesus Christ. I know that the prophets and apostles today have also been called of God to lead and guide us through the priesthood and through inspiration from our Father in Heaven. I know that the Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ, and is, in the words of Joseph Smith, "the most correct of any book on this Earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than any other book." I know that Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father love us unconditionally. Lastly, I know that one day I can live with my family again, even after death.

How I live my faith

The biggest way I live my faith is by being an example to others. I always strive to live in harmony with the commandments and teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I hope that by doing so I can show someone else what it's like to be a disciple of Christ. Although I don't currently hold any callings, other than the call to serve, I strive to make others (especially those near my age) feel welcome and loved. In the past, I have been a laurel class president as well as a 2nd counselor to the mia maid class president. My role in these callings was to help the young women know they are loved, and to be there as an example, and as a support to the other young women. Now I continue to be an example to those around me and learn as much as I can about the gospel of Jesus Christ as I prepare to serve as a missionary on the Lord's errand.