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Hi I'm Marissa

I work at a college. I'm a newlywed. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 26 year old newly wed. My husband and I have been married for a year and a half. He's in school and I work full time. We don't have any kids yet but hope to start a family in the future. I work for a local college and love my job! I finished my schooling earlier this year and graduated with my Master's degree. It's nice to be finished! Now I fill my free time with sewing, crafts, and other DIY projects. Life is simple! Life is great!

Why I am a Mormon

I love the hope the gospel of Jesus Christ brings into my life. Knowing that I'm a part of a bigger picture makes every day worth living. The simplicity of the gospel makes it easy to understand and helps me to feel close to God. Sometimes I don't feel like I'm living my life the way I know I should or can, like I'm not living to my full potential. But it's such a blessing to know that with the help of the Lord and the companionship of the Spirit I can become my very best, that I can change, repent, and be one with the Lord. I also love how the doctrine helps "connect the dots". The scriptures talk of prophets...there are prophets on the earth today. The scriptures speak of baptism and the Holy Ghost..we now have an understanding of how to be baptized and how to receive the Holy Ghost. The gospel is the constant in my life. It's never changing, just like God and His Son Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ gives me a chance to serve and give to others. We have women's group that I get to work with. I work with a few other women to plan and put on activities and meetings for all the women of the congregation. It's fun to be able to talk and spend time with other women. It's great to learn from and share with those that share common interests with you.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Marissa
Absolutely! The Bible is the word of God. It's ancient writings of His teachings. It's a record of the Lord's servants on the earth. By reading it we can gain an understanding of gospel principles and a testimony of Jesus Christ. When God speaks to His servants it's important that those things are written down so others can learn and grow. God's teachings are for all His children not just His prophets and apostles. Because God is the same then as He is now, He continues to speak with His servants who share His teachings with us. His prophets testify of Christ, speak of Christ, and help others come unto Christ. There is a prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Marissa
Church services are open to anyone. That's one of my favorite things about the church. It doesn't matter if you grew up as a member of that faith or if you're just curious..you are ALWAYS welcome! Church services are 3 hours..it seems like a long time but it goes by really fast..the first hour is Sacrament Meeting. This is where the entire congregation meets. Members of congregation speak during the meeting. They're asked in advance by the Bishop (the congregation leader) and if you don't feel comfortable you can say no. There isn't any pressure but, it's great to hear your friends and neighbors share their testimonies and what they believe. During this meeting the major reason we attend church services happens. We take the Sacrament. The Sacrament helps us to remember Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He made for us. The bread symbolizes His body and the water symbolizes His blood. By taking the Sacrament you also renew the promises you make at your baptism. Basically, your Spirit can be cleansed EVERY week if you're doing your best to do what is right, repenting, and praying for forgiveness. Everyone is welcome to take the Sacrament. It's a personal thing between you and God. The other two hours are filled with classes. Sunday school and then youth group/men's group/women's group. The things we study change from year to year that way we can get a better understanding of all the teachings of God. Show more Show less