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Hi I'm Marinda Larsen

I'm a BYU student from small-town Virginia. I love camping, dubstep, dance parties, and art. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the country in Virginia, in an area which is very Protestant. Most of my friends through grade school and high school were all members of various churches, and through my life I learned many valuable lessons from them as people, and have stayed friends with many of them even now that I've been away from home at BYU for a year. Friendship is very valuable to me, and always has been. We are all children of God, and all of us have something valuable to offer to each other as we each progress on our own paths in life. Dancing, as in the kind of dancing that is done at dance parties, is one of my favorite things. Krumping (or, essentially, just letting your body move to the beat without actual pre-set "moves") is my preferred style, and dubstep is what I enjoy the most to dance to. Outdoors is one of my favorite places to be. There's a great peace that can be found simply in being outside and enjoying the beauties of nature. I also enjoy dressing up and wearing 80's clothes sometimes, or just things like neon skinny jeans and somewhat non-traditional clothing. Fashion can be fun - as well as modest! But I've learned over the years that modest really is hottest - at least to any of the guys I'd ever really want to be interested in me. I'm planning on majoring in advertising, and will shortly be on my church mission to the Philippines. I couldn't be more excited about life!

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints hasn't molded me into what I am today - I made the conscious decision to mold myself to the standards of the Church. I saw how happy members of the Church were, even in comparison to members of other Christian churches, and I knew that there was something special about the Mormon church - especially with regards to families. As I went through the youth program, I realized more and more that the advice that was given to me as a youth (such as not dating before I was 16, and not steady dating after that until I was in college) saved me from much disappointment and heartache throughout my middle and high school years. I was personally converted as I felt the Spirit at different meetings and gatherings, especially programs such as church sponsored camps and conferences. The older I've gotten, the easier it is for me to see how my life has been guided by the principles the Church (and my parents, via the teachings of the Church) which have allowed me to have a very happy and optimistic attitude about life and not let things get me down. My family, both immediate and extended, have helped me to keep on the right track as well. It doesn't take a whole lot of knowledge to see what decisions make people REALLY happy, and which ones make people momentarily happy and then sad very soon after. I know that living the Church's standards was the best guide for how to be happy in the long run. It was through basic logic that I first saw validity in how church members lived their lives which brought them so much more happiness than anything else. And with that logic I knew that I wanted that happiness, so there must be truth in the Church. It was later that I received personal spiritual promptings that told me that the Church was true and I gained a personal relationship with Heavenly Father and His Son. I grew up Mormon, but still had to become converted - and I've never been happier about any decision I've made.

How I live my faith

I've served in my church in many ways, especially when I was in the Youth program and helped serve other members within the church. By spring of this year, I plan on serving a church mission where I will leave my family and home for a year and half and share the gospel with strangers - because it's the most important gift I have ever received, and I know that anyone and everyone can benefit from its blessings. I want everyone else to be able to experience the peace and joy that can come from having the light of Christ, and a knowledge of his restored gospel in their lives. As a missionary in Manila, I will have to give up things like dubstep and krumping, and will only be able to speak to my family over the phone or Skype twice a year. However, it is a sacrifice I am willing to make because I know of the blessings that can come from this gospel, and that giving up some things for a while in order to serve the Lord in that capacity will only allow me to help other people have a knowledge of how to live happier lives.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Marinda Larsen
Just as prophets who existed in Biblical times, such as Moses or Joseph, we view Joseph Smith as a modern day prophet. He is not someone we worship, but we do view what he did to restore the Church as one of the most important things that has occurred in modern times. We hold him with high respect, because of the good he did - just as many Christians respect and revere Biblical prophets. Mormons love all the prophets, including those in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and currently - such as our current prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. We firmly believe that through our prophet (and his apostles), modern revelation comes to the members of the Church. As times change, we can receive guidance from the Lord through the current prophet. Show more Show less