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Hi I'm Marissa.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the western U.S. but have moved farther and farther East since marrying my husband in 2009. Good thing I like to travel! I love trees, architecture, film scores, and beautiful objects--clothes, furniture, art, you name it. I have lots of half-developed talents (which I suppose makes me "well-rounded"), and I especially love to sing.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon has made me a better person in every way imaginable. My favorite thing about the Gospel and Mormonism is the knowledge that I am a child of God, He knows me, He understands me, and He loves me. Everything He has given to His children to experience in life is because He loves us. His "rules" aren't restrictions, but a roadmap to freedom and absolute, forever happiness.

How I live my faith

A line from my favorite LDS children's hymn sums up my motto for living my faith: "Have faith, have hope, live like His Son, help others on their way." I learn how to have faith, hope, and live like Jesus Christ through reading the scriptures and the words of our modern-day Prophets. I feel the love of the Savior and Heavenly Father so strongly when I do, and it motivates me to try a little harder to be a little better each day. I've had a lot of very different opportunities to serve in the church, from organizing the music for Sunday services to teaching children's Sunday School. Right now, I'm assigned to help the full-time missionaries serve and teach. That's my official calling, but there are so many other ad hoc ways I serve in church--playing the piano, teaching lessons, helping with youth activities and more! Being a Mormon is definitely not a passive activity. But it keeps me focused on serving and helping others, which I need and am grateful for.