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Hi I'm Marissa

I love singing, playing board games, and inspiring other people to live healthier. I'm a dental hygienist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the eldest of three sisters. Because of my parents and upbringing, I speak English and Spanish. I am fascinated by languages and am working on learning Italian. I love singing and listening to music. I also enjoy the theatre--especially musical productions. Watching them live is so much better! I want to go to the Sydney Opera House someday. I earned my bachelor's degree in physiology at the University of Arizona. Through a plot twist in my life, I am currently licensed as a dental hygienist. I like researching about nutrition and trying new recipes on my own or with friends. Making changes towards a healthier lifestyle and preventing disease are one of my greatest passions. My husband and I have 2 cats named Plutonium and Mercury. We are grateful to live in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. My father was brought up in the church and my mother is a convert. She joined the church when she was 18--not too much younger than I am now--thanks to a loving friend and two very dedicated missionaries. I trust my parents and their testimonies, and their love of Christ has helped me develop my own testimony and love of Christ. I decided to read the Book of Mormon through on my own when I was 13 years old. This prepared me for another move right before my freshman year when all the plans I made for high school had to change. My decision to develop my relationship with Christ and find if the church was true on my own prepared me for seminary, and I fell in love with it! Seminary is a class that latter-day saint youth in high school take in the mornings or on a free period. We study the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, and the words of the prophets. We learn about our church history, the life and ministry of Christ and his apostles, simple principles and doctrines such as freedom of choice, and how these relate to our lives today. I see how our lifestyle makes me and my friends happy and gives us a confidence that most youth our age do not have. I am a Mormon because I have studied the Book of Mormon for myself and know that it speaks of Christ and the words it contains are true and bring happiness.

How I live my faith

I truly believe food is medicine. Following the Word of Wisdom helps to keep my mind clear and my body invigorated. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, getting enough sleep, avoiding addictive substances or stimulants, and staying physically active are ways I show my gratitude for my body to our Father in Heaven. This life is a gift as well as this beautiful world we live in. I follow His counsel to show Him I respect the life He has given me. I was also taught that education is important as well as avoiding debt. My husband and I have been diligent about living within our means. We both graduated from the university without debt. We pay tithing from our wages and know we have been blessed to fulfill our goals. We continue to work towards our dream of supporting a growing family. (No kids yet but we love our cats!)

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Before we lived on earth, we lived in the presence of Heavenly Father as spirits. We wanted to become like Him, and He wanted us to be happy and become like Him too. In order to do this we needed bodies, and the only way we could have bodies was to live on earth and gain experience in this life and have our faith tested. We become godlike by following the rules He has set for us, but sometimes we mess up. Jesus Christ saves us from the consequences of making a mistake when we repent. Repentance is a change in attitude and a commitment to try to not make that mistake again and to become better. Because we are imperfect, we need the only perfect person to have lived on the earth Jesus Christ to be our judge and plead for our cause on judgment day. He suffered every temptation and mistake we ever will in this life, and we can receive guidance, comfort, and encouragement through him. He's like our older brother who's been through it all and we need a Savior we can trust so we can return safely to Heavenly Father's presence with our bodies. Because Christ was resurrected, we all will be resurrected physically. He showed us the model to live our lives by so we can receive a greater glory in the next life. We choose how closely we will pattern our lives after His and receive our reward according to our choices. Show more Show less