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Hi I'm Maryssa

I'm a reader. I'm a chocolate-eater. I'm a sister. I'm a student. I'm a future missionary, wife, and mother. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student at Brigham Young University, where I'm studying English. I'm a bookworm, and I've wanted to be an author all my life. I'm looking toward a career in editing. I can be painfully nerdy when it comes to Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. I love to spend time with my family and friends. I love the smell of the rain. I don't believe in scantily chocolate-chipped cookies. I dearly love to laugh.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church and grew up in its teachings. Eventually, I found out for myself that it is true. I have learned to recognize the hand of God in my life and in the world. I have learned to look and see the answers to my prayers unfold before me. I have learned to love the scriptures and the beautiful principals they hold. I have learned to trust in my Savior with all that I am and strive every day, every hour, to be like Him. I have learned to accept the truth that had been sitting there in front of me all my life. And I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this church is true. I testify that Jesus Christ lives and loves every one of us. I know that he suffered and died for our sins out of pure love and that through Him we can repent and be forgiven of our sins. I know that He hears and answers our prayers. I know that He is waiting for us with open arms for the day when we can return to Him again. I know that we are never alone, and to me, that is the most comforting knowledge in the world.

How I live my faith

It's hard to be away from my family, but I knew that coming to BYU was the right choice for me--a place where I can parallel my secular learning with my spiritual learning and be constantly surrounded by bright young men and women who share my faith and standards. I'm striving to prepare myself to serve as a full-time missionary. I need lots of improvement, but I have faith that the Lord will strengthen me. Every day, I read my scriptures and say my prayers. I attend my church meetings. I try my best to live the high moral standards set by this church; I don't drink, smoke, swear, or cheat. I don't watch R rated movies. I wear modest clothing. I believe in being chaste. I believe in being honest. I try to have a good attitude about service and serve often. I want to be like Jesus.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, not every member of the Church is required to serve a mission. It's sort of an expectation for boys to serve, but they are never forced; just encouraged. Girls are not expected to serve, but they may if they wish. Boys usually serve at age 19 for two years; girls, at age 21 for 18 months. No one has to go, but I find that if they do they don't regret it; it's an experience that they'll take with them for the rest of their lives. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

To me, a Christian is a person who believes in and follows Jesus Christ. By that definition, yes, Mormons are Christians. Christ is a the center of everything we do. He is the head of our church and our lives. We worship Him as our Lord and Savior, we look to Him as our example and teacher, and we come to Him in prayer every day. We strive to follow in His footsteps and reflect a Christlike attitude in our own lives so that we may bear the name of Christians worthily. Show more Show less