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Hi I'm Larissa

I'm a teacher, a runner, and an American living in New Zealand. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in a rural community in Arizona. I have always had a desire to live and learn about other cultures. Currently I live in the South Pacific and LOVE learning about people and cultures different to anything I had ever experienced growing up. I graduated from BYU in Elementary Education. I will begin a master's degree in School Administration next year. I love learning. Which probably explains why my favorite thing to read is non-fiction and biographies. Gaining knowledge is important to me. I love tasting, trying, and cooking Mexican food. I love running. I ran track in college and continue running 5-6 days a week. I just completed my first marathon. I love blogging and journaling. I love going on dates with my husband! I married my sweetheart in July 2009.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I have found the greatest source of joy and happiness in my life through being a member of the LDS church. I am Mormon because as a 17 year old I received a spiritual confirmation in my heart that the church was indeed true. I cannot and will not doubt that sweet feeling of peace and truthfulness that entered my heart. When I pray regularly I find that I feel close to God and that He hears my prayers. I am Mormon because I know that families can be together forever through God's Plan of Happiness.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day-not just Sunday. I strive to be an example of Jesus Christ in my words, deeds, and dress (though I'm a work in progress). I have personal prayers morning and night and also pray with my husband. I try to read the scriptures every single day. I go to the temple at least once a month with my husband. I pay tithing, which is 10% of my income. At church I teach the 4-5 year olds in Sunday School class. The class is studying about basic gospel principles such as Heavenly Father's love for us and choosing the right. I find much joy in my calling and feel that I learn as much or more than the children I teach. I enjoy going to church every Sunday because it's a place where I feel safe. I didn't know anyone in the large city I currently live in but after attending church I have many friends that support and love me. I never turn down an opportunity to serve or offer assistance at church because I know that the personal growth that comes of it is not available anywhere else.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Reading the scriptures or praying is the best way to know Him. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes! Yes! Yes! A husband and wife can be together forever by being married in the temple by a priesthood holder who holds the authority to do so. There is no other authority on this earth which has the power to seal a marriage to last beyond the grave, except through the priesthood. A marriage outside of the temple ends at death. I find great comfort in knowing that I will spend my days on earth and beyond death with my husband. Mormons do believe that families will be reunited after death. Again, it is only through the power of the priesthood that families can be sealed together for time and all eternity. Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation is centered around marriage and family. The greatest source of happiness in this life and the next is through being together. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward is a congregation that meets together. Wards go by local boundaries. For example, those that live on the same street would be in the same ward. If you live across town, you may be in a different ward. Stakes are a way to gather congregations or wards together. Every 6 months a stake will meet for worship and it unites the members. A branch is smaller than a ward. When there are not enough members in a local area to call it a ward it is a branch. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

The role of husband and wife are very distinct. The husband is responsible for providing and leading the family in harmony with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Husbands are expected to be the breadwinner, accordingly, they are to advance their skills or education by any means necessary to raise a family in righteousness. The role of wife is defined as the nurturer. Her job is to teach, love, and nurture her children. The most divine calling in life is that of a mother. Women have divine characteristics that make them perfect for their calling here on earth. A great source for role of husband and wife is the The Family: A Proclamation to the World. Show more Show less