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Hi I'm Marissa

I'm a musician, a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 22 year old girl from Utah. I'm studying Nutrition and Exercise Science at Utah State University. I love my life. I've been told that I'm 22 going on 80. Let me explain. I collect two things: antique brooches and aprons. I love reading and book clubs. I enjoy needle work, and I love to bake. But I also love everything about the outdoors. I hike, bike, climb, swim, run, camp, board. I come from a large family of 6 children, where I'm tied for number 4 (I have a twin brother). I have a thing for words and word games. I play the piano and the violin, and I believe that music is the best vehicle for the spirit.

Why I am a Mormon

Because the church is true! I was raised in the church, but I'm a convert too. Every person in this church has a conversion story. I just found out it was true from the inside out instead of the outside in. For years, I went to church and seminary. My friends were members of the church. I was surrounded by it. I never felt the need to contribute to that environment, because it was always there. My church attendance started to slack in high school, as well as everything else that goes along with it. When I got to be about 17, I realized that I wasn't happy. I knew that I wasn't being the best person I could be. I wasn't living up to my potential. I didn't know what to do. What I did know was that the church was full of good people who seemed to be happy, and I knew it taught good values. So I went back. From that point, it's been a long road. It started slowly, when I began to realize that so many truths I held deep in my heart were the doctrines unique to this Church. I knew I was a child of God that lived before this life, and would continue to live after. I knew that God still spoke to us and answered prayers. I had never realized before that so much of what I knew to be true was exactly what the church stood for. But even with that realization, I had to find out for myself. For years, I struggled with different aspects of the church. The biggest question I had, even as my knowledge and understanding grew, was "Is it worth it?" One day in 2009, I found a scripture in D&C 6:20. It says "I have spoken unto thee because of thy desires; therefore treasure up these words in they heart. Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love." I read that, and I knew it was true. What could be better than being encircled about by the love of God? I was filled with that love again in that moment, and remembered all the times I'd felt it before. I knew the church was true, and never looked back.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving in my favorite calling: a full-time missionary. Let me tell you a story. In September 2010, I left on a 6 month backpacking trip to Australia with my twin brother. It was my first time out of the country. When I got there, I was filled with this immense desire to pray that I had never felt before. Since I'd always been surrounded by that spirit at home, I'd taken it for granted. Now that I was here alone, I had to create that environment for myself. My first Sunday, I went to church alone. I left the hostel early to give myself time to get lost, since I wasn't sure where it was. But I found the branch in downtown Sydney, and had time to myself before the meeting. I played the piano, read my scriptures, and prayed. I was praying to God to let this trip be what it needed to be -- to learn what I needed to and meet who I needed to. I knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I wanted to make the most of it. I wasn't praying for anything specific, wasn't asking any questions. But I got an answer. I heard a voice say "Marissa, go home and serve a mission." If someone in that room knew room my name, I would have blamed them. But the only person in the hemisphere that knew who I was was still asleep a few blocks away... It seemed like something I only read about in Ensign stories. I had never wanted to serve a mission. But I was filled with this desire to serve, and a love for the people God had in store me for me serve. I was reassured that if I left this adventure, I'd be given another one that could bless countless lives for good. So I left Australia after 3 months to submit my mission papers, and recieved my call to come back to Sydney Australia. I love being a missionary. I get to wake up each day and wear the name of Jesus Christ, and share something with people that changed my life. There's nothing I'd rather be doing with my life right now.