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Hi I'm Larissa

I grew up in Pennsylvania. I'm a thrift shopping junkie. I'm a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay-at-home mom to four, very cute boys. I graduated with my degree in French, and after a short stint in corporate America, decided to have children and stay home. I love good deals- thrift stores are my favorite places to shop! I love going on family vacations, trying new recipes, going on dates with husband, watching my boys play sports, and just spending time with family.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been Mormon my whole life, so for the first few years I didn't really know any different. I was blessed with a very happy and loving home. I was always given the freedom to make my own decisions. My parents recognized that only a personal testimony of the gospel would have lasting effects, as opposed to riding on the coattails of their testimonies. I had to decide if I wanted to get up for church every Sunday, spend my Wednesday evenings at youth activities, be excluded from Sunday activities with my friends because I chose to keep the Sabbath day holy, stand out because I didn't use the vulgar language, drink iced tea, party on the weekends, and participate in "normal" teenage life. As a teenager my testimony was challenged. My closest friends told me point blank: "a 14-year-old boy seeing God is crazy. Do you hear what you're saying?". For the first time, I questioned myself. "Am I crazy?". In her true "find-out-for-yourself" fashion, my mom told me the only way to know was to pray and ask God if it was true or not. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed and prayed and prayed. The Holy Ghost witnessed the truthfulness to me and I knew without a doubt the Book of Mormon was true. If that was true, then a 14-year-old boy really did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and I had my answer. I wasn't crazy at all. I love the gospel and know it's true. It has blessed my life in EVERY aspect and my testimony gets me through everyday of my life. I rely on the Lord and feel His presence everyday. I am so thankful to know about the Atonement and the chance I have to be with my husband and my children, my parents and my siblings, forever and ever. I wouldn't live my life any other way.

How I live my faith

Right now I spend my time with the teenage girls at church. It's such a fun age to be with! I love teaching basic gospel principles and I have a passion for teaching girls their true, divine worth in a world where girls and women are sent so many negative messages. I participate along with the girls in a program that teaches them how to make and reach goals, teaches them to learn the scriptures, learn basic life skills, develop talents and hobbies, and participate in regular service. I've learned so many things, from having more faith, to restoring old furniture, to finding out about my family history, to helping out a friend in need. It's a great responsibility and I've enjoyed keeping busy with it!