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Hi I'm Marisa

I'm a musician. I'm a person. I'm a teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being alive and having as many experiences as I can. I love to learn new things and strive to always expand my knowledge about a variety of topics =. I'm currently finishing up school, studying American Literature and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences yeah I know that they aren't related at all, haha = . I've also studied music and sing in my school choir. Music is a huge passion of mine, as well as all of the arts. I enjoy acting, directing, dancing and writing. I love people! =D I love serving others and helping people to learn and grow. After graduation, I am excited to start teaching special education. I try to spend my time in activities that will have a lasting impact on my life and the lives of others.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon brings an incredible sense of light, peace and clarity into my life. I have hope for this life and the life after this life. Knowing that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He atoned for my sins not only fills me with gratitude but with a feeling of self worth. I know that God is My Heavenly Father and that He and Jesus Christ love me. I'm a Mormon because I see a difference in my life when I pray, read the Book of Mormon and Bible and live according to the commandments. I haven't found that kind of peace or joy in any other source. I know that it comes from God. I'm a Mormon because it blesses my family. I know that I am closer to my sisters and my parents because we follow the teachings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We prayed together and read from the scriptures every day when I lived at home. When I was away on a mission for a year and a half, I took great comfort in knowing that my family was praying for me every day. I know that my family can be together forever, so I strive to improve my relationships with each member of my family. I'm a Mormon because I believe in modern-day revelation. I am so grateful to know that we have a living prophet and twelve apostles on the Earth today. I listen to their words. When I apply what they say, I see myself becoming a better person and I am happy. I'm a Mormon because i love Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because through prayer and testing the doctrine through experiences, I know that the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are true. I know that Jesus Christ restored His church on the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith and that He leads us today through living prophets and apostles. He has also given us additional scripture to strengthen our testimony of Him.

How I live my faith

 I served as a missionary for a year and a half and that deeply impacted my life. I learned so much about Jesus Christ by serving others full time in the Czech Republic for a year and a half. I currently serve as the President of the students' organization on my college campus for Mormons. We meet together during the week to study the scriptures. We also reach out to the community through quarterly service projects and different social activities throughout the week. We also seek to increase awareness about the principles of our church. I love it!

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

It is difficult to say when the Mormon Church "began" because it was restored, rather than created in modern times. Joseph Smith, a young man living during the Second Great Awakening-a time of religious excitement-wanted to know which church to join, so he prayed about it. God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him that he should join none of the existing churches because the true church was no on the face of the earth. He was called by God to be a prophet and to restore the the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. The church that Joseph restored was the same church that Christ organized when He was on the earth in terms of both organization and doctrine. The church which he restored is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Christ leads His church today through a living prophet. This church is more commonly known as the Mormon Church.  Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Baptism is a sacred ordinance. It represents a covenant that we make with God to follow Him and Jesus Christ. It is also necessary for salvation see John 35. Because it is a saving ordinance, it must be performed in the way prescribed by God, by someone who has authority from God. Jesus Christ, our example in all things, showed us the importance of authority when he went to John the Baptist to be baptized. He knew that John had authority from God, known as the priesthood, or the power and authority to act in the name of God and perform His will. The importance of authority is better understood when an example is used. For example, a doctor is allowed to practice medicine and prescribe medication because he has the authority to do these things. Not any person off the street could write their own prescription, take it to a drug store and expect the pharmacy to fulfill their request because they do not have the authority to do so. They must receive that care from someone who has medical authority. Likewise, we cannot expect to receive God's ordinances from someone who is not called of God and does not have authority to perform His ordinances. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

 As a Mormon woman, I feel entirely empowered as a member of the church. The examples of the women around me are absolutely incredible. They lift and inspire me. They are noble, loving, generous, serving and strong. They stand for what they know is right. They do the work that God would have them do. They are angels in the lives of those around them. Mormons believe that all are equal in the sight of God 2 Nephi 2830. All are His children. He does not privilege one over the other, especially men over women. Men and women are equal, and joint together. We benefit from each others strengths. I have never felt unequal. If anything, I feel that the Church has allowed me to grow as a woman by providing me multiple leadership opportunities through different volunteer positions that I have held known as callings. Women are members of the Relief Society, the largest women's organization in the world. The Relief Society serves people all over the world in many different capacities, but largely in humanitarian aid. I love Relief Society = Show more Show less