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Hi I'm Marissa

I'm a wife. I'm a sister and a best friend. I'm a mourning mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona and I love the heat. I recently moved back to Arizona after my husband and I finished school. I plan to continue my education and receive a degree in Exercise and Wellness. I grew up playing soccer and being very active so this degree will support my love for eating healthy and exercising. I have been married for two and a half years and have loved every second of it. I am extremely blessed to have such a great friendship and connection with my husband. His job affords me the ability to stay home to raise our future family as well as work towards starting my own business. We had our first son, Joshua James, in September of 2011. He was diagnosed early on in my pregnancy with a birth defect that the doctors said was not compatible with life. He was born at full term and lived for 41 minutes. He is the most beautiful thing I have seen in my life. I miss him more than words can describe, but my faith sustains me. I know that I will see him again and that one day I'll will be able to raise him. As I heal physically and emotionally I look forward to growing our family and having more children.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the joy I feel when living by gospel teachings. I believe that Jesus Christ is my savior and through his atonement I can be forgiven of my sins. I have experienced the bittersweet emotions that come through repentance and forgiveness. The feeling of a clean slate and growing testimony of gospel principles is so desirable above all other worldly things. I have observed the lives of many individuals who struggle through their trials without the strength of Christ's love for them and in comparison to my experience I would much rather find joy and happiness through life's adversities than be lost without a light. Although I was raised as a Mormon my true conversion happened as a young adult when I realized how unhappy I was because of poor decisions in my life. As I studied the Book of Mormon, the New Testament, and other scriptures, I understood that all the principles I had been taught from as far back as I could remember were true and good. I had only been taught good things and when I practiced those good things I was happy. My faith is important to me and without it I would be lost. I know who I am because of the gospel and I am so grateful for that. I am a daughter of God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church meetings, studying the scriptures, praying, and serving my family and friends and especially my husband. I was recently called to be a Family History Consultant in my ward. My husband and I will have the opportunity to learn how to do genealogy work so that we can assist other members in doing their family history work. I look forward to learning how to find ancestors so that I too can learn about my own family history. Other ways I live my faith is to dress modestly so that others around me will feel comfortable. I stay away from drugs and alcohol or any other substance that can control my ability to make good decisions or that obstructs the spirit from helping and guiding me through this life.