The “…and I’m a Mormon” campaigns have it all backwards.

They start out by listing all of the qualities they possess. Artist, wife, teacher, soccer mom, black person, outdoorsman, survivor. Then at the very end of the clip, they say something to the effect of, “My name is ___. I believe in God and in being true to oneself,” then they tack on the fact that they are a member of the LDS Church.

It seems to me that they truly ought to be playing this video in reverse.

I want a video of my testimony to begin with, “My name is Carissa and I am a Christian.” Because only after stating that can I offer you anything else about myself. All that I am – a student, an employee, a leader, a follower, a daughter, a sister, a friend – everything must be filtered through one fact: I am a forgiven and free daughter of the Most High King. That’s not something I want as a four-second addition to the end of my testimony. I want it to saturate all of who I am and lace the words that I speak. By saying, “I am a Christian,” I’m not implying that I live my life a certain way or that I think I’m any better than you are. I’m simply declaring that all of who I am is because I am a wretched girl who has been saved and is loved. He is the definition of me. Not what I am, where I’ve been and what I’ve done. Who I am doesn’t make me a Christian, it’s my Christianity that makes me who I am.

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