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Hi I'm Marissa.

I'm a mother of three kids and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to a wonderful man and have three young kids. I was born in Indiana but moved around alot with my family as a teenager. I have a teaching degree and taught first grade before I made the decision to stay home with my children. I now live in Texas while my husband finishes his master's program and I am so thankful for all the blessings that God has given me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family but made the decision myself to accept the gospel. As a teenager, I began to doubt the truth of the things I knew as I fell into a mild depression. I read the Book of Mormon for myself, studying, searching, and praying for answers. My testimony grew as I began to understand the principles I had been taught and received a confirmation from the Holy Ghost the truth of the things I knew. I could feel the love that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ had for me. To this day, I feel strength and peace from my knowledge and testimony of this gospel and continue to build upon that testimony and learn more. I know that my family and I have been greatly blessed because we follow the teachings of Christ and his prophets. I know that Jesus Christ is my savior and that he suffered for my sins and understands my sorrows. I know that His gospel was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith and that we have a living prophet on the Earth today. I know that through God's plan, my family can be together forever. I know that I am a child of God and that my Heavenly Father loves me and guides me. Without this knowledge and testimony, I probably would not feel the happiness and peace that I have in my life now.

How I live my faith

I try to live everyday following the teachings of Jesus Christ. I also teach my children to follow these same teachings so that they may also be disciples of Christ and good citizens of the community. My husband and I were married in the temple and believe that our family will be together for time and eternity. I attend church weekly. I volunteer as a Cub Scout Den leader for our church.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We believe that families are essential in our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness. Before we came to Earth, we lived in heaven with God. He set before us a plan to come to earth, learn and be tested, and then return to him after this life. Families were organized as an essential part of this plan. Marriage was instituted by God between a man and a woman. We know that mothers and fathers have important roles in the family and have responsibilities toward each other and their children. Families are where we are loved and learn to love, where we learn morals and how to live by them, and where we find can find strength and peace in an unsettling world. Our Heavenly Father has made it possible for our families to be together for time and all of eternity. Our commitment to marriage and family show our understanding of these sacred institutions given to us by a loving Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

We have been asked by our leaders to be self-reliant. This includes a storage of food and financial reserves. Being self-reliant allows us to be prepared in times of need. This includes natural disasters, political unrest, economic downturns and other emergencies. By being prepared and able to care for our families in times of need, we are then better able to help others who may also be in need. When a hurricane came through our area a few years ago, we were not fully prepared, but we were blessed that damages were minimal and our power was restored fairly quickly. We took that experience as motivation to prepare ourselves for future emergencies. Our family had already collected and set aside a small amount of food and money, when my husband then became unemployed for a 4 month time period. Because we had worked hard to become self-reliant, we were able to make it through this difficult time with minimal assistance. Show more Show less