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Hi I'm Marissa

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

About Me

I'm a mother to 3 beautiful children and wife to an amazing husband. When I'm not busy making memories with my family, I am behind a camera lens documenting it all. I love decorating my home, planning parties and collecting ideas for both and then blogging about it. I also love learning new things and it seems I am always gaining a new hobby.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon. My mother was also raised a Mormon, but my father joined the church when he was 18. I was baptized at 8 years old and as I grew older faced many challenges as far as my faith goes. I grew up in Kentucky right in the middle of the Bible belt and my beliefs were questioned many times. This led me to test my own faith and pray again and again to know of the truthfulness of my beliefs. My faith was strengthened as I felt peace about what I had been taught all of my life. I knew the church taught the truth because everything just made sense to me. As I went off to college, I was once again forced to challenge my beliefs- would I make the effort to go to church every Sunday and make decisions that were right? As I lived the standards of the church, I was blessed with direction in my life. After a relationship of mine ended, I felt a little lost and moved back to Kentucky to be with my family. There, I met my now husband... but we didn't get married right away. This was strange because ever since I was young, I wanted to get married and be a mom. But my parents urged me to serve a mission. I will admit there was a lot of fighting about this issue- I know now my parents only wanted the best for me, but if I were to serve a mission I wanted to do it for myself and for the Lord- not for my parents. So I pretty much told my parents to stop bugging me about it- that I wanted to get married. As I started thinking about marriage, something just didn't feel right. This is when I started praying for more direction in my life- what should I do? Should I stay and get married -to a wonderful man I might add- or serve a mission? I knew a mission was not mandatory and I also knew that marrying a righteous man was highly encouraged. So you can imagine my surprise when over and over again my heart told me to serve a mission. There were also many signs from my Heavenly Father that this was His will for me. One specific "answer" was during a talk at church. A man got up to give a talk to the singles in the area- a very small group of us- and shared how his mission helped his marriage. He said he felt impressed to share this with someone in the congregation. My heart was beating fast and as I looked around at others around me- not many- I knew he was talking about me. So I told my boyfriend everything that happened and thankfully he was very supportive of my decision to become a missionary for a year and a half. I didn't make him promise to "wait for me". I encouraged him to date, to have fun and still keep in touch with me, which he did. When I was called to serve in the Thailand Bangkok mission, I felt an immediate love for the people there that I have never felt before. As I served my mission in a strange land and struggled to learn the language, I was truly blessed to meet some wonderful people and help them come to know their Savior. So many things happened on my mission that have strengthened my faith and I saw many many miracles. I know that Heavenly Father loves his children all over the world- and I've felt that love for his children in Thailand. I know he answers prayers and provides comfort during the trials in our lives. When I returned from my mission, my boyfriend was thankfully still around, and I was able to marry him in the temple. What a blessing it has been to have a husband who loves the Lord as much as I do, who constantly pushes me to be a better person and respects me. We now have two children and I am so thankful for the knowledge that this family of mine is eternal. My children also teach me every day what it means to be unselfish, meek and kind. I now know why Jesus told us to become as a little child. My children are so sweet and such great examples to me despite my imperfections as a mother. Don't get me wrong- I still have my trials, my children still can be obnoxious and loud, but the gospel of Jesus Christ which guides our lives makes all of these things easier to get through and understand. I hope that someone will read this and that it will kindle an interest in learning more about this Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know it will bless you and your family.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, we are all asked to take part in serving others in the church. I was recently asked to help teach the young women ages 12-18. I know this is such a challenging time in a girls life- my teenage years were spent questioning things and trying to figure out what life is all about. Because of my experiences, my desire to help these girls is really strong. I want to help them know without a doubt that life DOES have meaning and that they have a Heavenly Father who loves them very much. I also want them to come to know their Savior Jesus Christ- that he made it possible for us to be forgiven our sins and to overcome temptations. In the past I have had many other responsibilities as well. I have served with the children as their teacher, taught music to the children, and I have also been a teacher to the women in the church. I have also served as a local missionary with my husband to help people investigating the church- to share our stories and faith.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Many people often wonder why young adults of the Mormon faith will often leave their homes to share their faith. I honestly think there is a simple answer to this. When something makes us happy, it's human nature to want to share it- to see the happiness it brings to others. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, we all want others to feel the joy we feel in their every day lives. We also know that in reality, we are all spiritual brothers and sisters- and so the urge to bring the truth to them is even stronger. This is why we leave our friends, families, jobs and education for a short while to share our faith with people around the world. Show more Show less