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Hi I'm Clarissa

Life. Love. Happiness. Latter-Day Saint.

About Me

I am a 22-year old college student who is pursuing an education in healthcare! I have a myriad of hobbies, from photography to writing to whitewater rafting and love to learn. I've had a lifelong ambition to have a career in healthcare and aid in the process of healing. I come from a dysfunctional family background and this has developed in my heart a strong love for the Church, whose primary declaration to the world is "Families are Forever"; because I know that as I marry and have children of my own that I can have an eternal family, through the sacred ordinances made available in the Holy Temple. Knowing that I have a Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother is also a source of comfort to me, knowing that I am the daughter of a King who loves me unconditionally and that I have a divine nature. I love what the Church stands for. My main motto in life is work hard, play hard, exercise, eat right, and get enough sleep.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that it is true. Living by my religion has brought me more happiness than anything ever has. It teaches me of my purpose in life and I come to know more about that purpose as I strive to do what the Savior would have me do. And whenever I read the scriptures that contain God's word or read the inspired words of the prophets, I am comforted by the teachings within those holy pages. I see proof of their truthfulness in daily life and experience true joy as I live the Gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by making special effort to have morning and nighttime prayer, which gives me time to personally communicate with my Creator and spill my heart to Him, while also being able to feel the promptings of the Spirit of things I should do. I read the scriptures daily, write in my journal, get involved with humanitarian service, and do my best to live Church teachings. I love our beautiful Temples and like to go often. It is the greatest!

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Clarissa
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd. He went after the one lost lamb, even though it was only one in a sea of 99 other lambs. Let's relate that to proxy temple ordinances. When a person who has not had the chance to receive the Gospel passes away into the postmortal world, we do not forget them and focus only on the "ninety and nine" that could be considered to be the living. We also "go after the one" and bring them to the fold. Whether or not they choose to accept or reject the baptism done in their behalf is completely up to them. Heavenly Father loves all of His children and wants all to have the chance to receive the holy ordinances necessary for exaltation. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Clarissa
We should have faith in our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. As we come to know of the Godhead in the Holy Scriptures, the Spirit will manifest the truth of it to us in our hearts and minds. Let me just add in here that we do not worship Joseph Smith or any prophet for that matter! We love our prophets and thank Heavenly Father for them, but they are not who we worship. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Clarissa
In our Church, we believe that men and women have unique roles. Men since ancient times have had the responsibility to be providers for their family whereas women have primarily had the role of nurturing their families. While we certainly do not hold one gender above the other, we simply follow Heavenly Father's guidance on Church leadership. Women have a very special place in the Church. At the age of 18, we become members of the Relief Society, which is a wonderful Church organization where women use their talents to bless the lives of those around them. Worthy men of the Church hold the Priesthood and use that to bless the lives of those around them. If you look at it from that perspective, you can see that no one in the Church is being "short changed" of anything because of their gender. Men and women are equal in the LDS Church. Women are encouraged to get an education and if they choose to have a career, that is fine as well. We lead in a variety of capacities and also have the special privilege to bring children into the world. I'm grateful for Heavenly Father establishing the wonderful roles that each gender has because men and women complement each other so well when they work together side-by-side to be a force for good. It's great to be a woman in the Church! Show more Show less