Hi I'm Clarissa
I am a wife and proud mother to my baby girl, and am currently in the process of continuing my college education amidst my own husband's endeavors in law school. I love the outdoors and many activities such as mountain biking, walks, rock climbing, ziplining, bonfires and more. I love to dance, and also enjoy music, and while I have been gifted with talents of singing...I am very shy about it in public. I also love to learn new things that present a challenge, and will practice whatever that challenge may be until it is perfected and presentable.
Why I am a Mormon
My family has always felt strongly about building a good religious foundation, and while they passed these values onto me and my siblings, there was much confusion about which church is right. Throughout my childhood, I attended several different church meetings, gone to camps, and heard several different views from pastors and ministers alike. At 18, I transferred to another college and temporarily moved in with my uncle until I could find an apartment. My uncle is LDS. My first sunday, I told him of my plans to find another church to attend that morning, and he pointed out the fact that as a Latter-Day Saint, the values remain the same no matter where you live. You don't have to keep looking for a new church everytime you move. I realized he was right, and with my uncle's permission, I invited the LDS missionaries over to hear the discussions. I asked very difficult questions, and was not always ready to listen, but after months of searching my heart, I knelt down and asked Heavenly Father if it was true, and I knew without a doubt that it was and is. I have been beaming with true happiness ever since which can only further confirm the truthfulness of the gospel.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
In a lot of ways, I felt I could relate with Joseph Smith's story. I come from a family of religious confusion. As a boy, Joseph Smith was surrounded by religious confusion in the town. So when he went into the woods to pray about which church was true, I could see myself doing the exact same thing he had done. I know Joseph Smith was called of God as a prophet to help us find the truth. There are several stories in the Bible of prophets being visited and commanded to speak the truth to the people, and many scorned them the way Joseph Smith was scorned. I know that Heavenly Father continues to communicate with us, and that prophets are called to continue His work here on earth. Why would it stop in the Bible? We are all children of God in need of constant spiritual nourishment, and I know that Joseph Smith received that inspiration, and that our modern-day prophet receives that inspiration.
How I live my faith
I attend church every Sunday with my husband and daughter. I visit teach monthly gospel lessons to a couple of sisters in my ward with my companion, and supervise other sisters in the ward to make sure that they are also visiting and being visited.