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Hi I'm Sharisa

I'm a National Merit Scholar and I'm studying molecular biology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a junior in college studying molecular biology. I have performed some research in a lab on my university campus, and I will be doing more of that this coming school year. In addition to the sciences, I really love to read and write, and I hope to someday publish a book. I enjoy playing the flute and piano, and I'm starting to learn guitar. I enjoy running, hiking, and playing tennis and racquetball. I've also had a bit of instruction in ballroom dance, which I love! One of my favorite things to do is spend time in nature and enjoying the majestic beauty of mountains, stars, clouds, and rain.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have come to know for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of Christ. I have a firm testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon many times, and I know without a doubt that it is true. There is so much power in that book. I know that my Savior lives and that through Him I can be saved. I love Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father very much. Through the teachings of the church, I have gained peace and comfort, as well as direction for my life. Believing in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ gives me understanding of who I am and what my purpose is in this life. I experience so much happiness because of the teachings and truths of the gospel.

How I live my faith

My faith is a part of everything that I do, from personal prayer and scripture study, to church attendance, to service, to temple worship. My belief in the Savior colors my actions as I strive to live as He did. Because families are central to the gospel, I am preparing to one day be a dedicated wife and mother and raise my children in truth and righteousness. In our church, members are given a "calling" and asked to volunteer their time to serve others and help at church. I have been able to serve in a number of different capacities, and each calling has given me opportunities to grow and gain new skills. During my freshman year at college, I served as a leader over the women's group in my local church congregation. We planned uplifting activities for our member and offered individual and group service. The experiences of loving and serving I had during that school year opened my eyes and changed my heart. I'm grateful I have these opportunities to serve in my church and be able to better the lives of those around me.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

When we say we have a "testimony," we mean that we know something to be true by the power of the Holy Ghost. This testimony usually comes after study and prayer when the Holy Ghost confirms truth. This confirmation from the Spirit often comes in the form of ideas/thoughts, or feelings, such as peace and joy. The essential aspects of a Mormon's testimony include knowing that God lives and is our loving Father, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith was called of God and restored Christ's church, and that we are led by a living prophet today. Through praying, reading the scriptures, and seeking to follow Jesus, I have gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. The Holy Ghost has borne witness to me that God lives - I know that He if my Father and that He loves me dearly. I also have a testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I know that it is only through Him that mankind can be saved. My testimony has brought me a great deal of peace and strength as I have gone through my experiences in this life. Show more Show less