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Hi I'm Marissa

I'm a fairly recent college graduate making my way in the world and learning how to live my twentysomething years with grace.

About Me

Growing up, I was involved in a nature club, did judo, was on a swim team, and played piano. But my main love was soccer. I have played since I was 4 years old, and starting in middle school, played competitively. My position on the field was defense. I also coached little kids for 5 years. Now, I enjoy kicking the ball around and watching my siblings play. Besides soccer, I also love to go hiking and camping. In my last 5 years in Utah I have had the chance to spend time in some very breathtaking areas. My favorite part of living in Utah besides the people I met, was the mountains. When the sun peeks over the crest of the mountains and fills the valley with warm light, my heart stops. While in Utah, I graduated with a degree in Public Health, with the original aim to become a doctor. Through my time in college, I realized that medical school was not the place for me, but I am still on my way to figuring out exactly what is. I have had several jobs in the last year since graduation including working for a small startup and a meat thermometer company. Last summer, I got to work with kids at the Boys and Girls Club and I loved it. I'm thinking now of going into the education field as a teacher or possibly school psychologist. But honestly, I still have quite a lot of figuring out to do. I trust that as I live my life according to the Spirit, that I will be led and directed as to what to do. Though there's a lot left I still don't know, I do know that I am a Child of God.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the faith I have developed in Jesus Christ. I believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was given to us to become closer to Him. I have felt myself draw closer to God through following the principles and doctrine taught in the Church. When I read the Book of Mormon, I know that Heavenly Father loves me because the stories touch my heart and let me know that I am loved. Because of the way I have been able to develop my relationship with Heavenly Father through prayer and through going to the temple, I can feel the Spirit in my life and know how much he wanted me to come here and learn about my place in this world. I know that I have not been given this gift to feel the Spirit and to recognize it for myself alone, but to share and to invite others in. It is through God's love for all of us that our lives here are possible. Not everything feels good or comfortable, sometimes we experience much suffering. When I have felt suffering in my heart, I know that I have my Savior's Atonement to rely upon. And when I turn to Him in my sorrow, I am strengthened and know He is there for me. I truly believe that all experiences work together for our good.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by loving others and myself the way Christ does. I'm not perfect at it and I sometimes get impatient or frustrated with myself or others. But I know that through the example of Jesus Christ, I can learn how to better treat people. I try to show the people I love how much I care by listening to them, and by treating them with respect. Sometimes, I need forgiveness from them because I often mess up at this. Since I know that I am imperfect and still working to become better, I know that others are too, and I try to forgive them for their mistakes and see their goodness. I believe everyone has this goodness and light given to them, and I try to live my faith by having faith in that above all else. I think that loving others is the most important and basic commandment we have, but it can also be the toughest. Everyone is human and there are so many things that often get in the way of loving, but when we choose love, I think this is what Christ would have us do. This most pure form of love for others is often referred to as charity, and it is my aim to live my faith by practicing it as best I can.