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Hi I'm Larisa

I'm 6 feet tall, I'm a wife, a mother, I've overcome the effects of childhood abuse, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a hairstylist for almost 10 years. I often have referred to myself as a "untrained therapist" because I am able to sincerely listen to my clients and offer support and empathy for what they are going through. On top of that, it is so rewarding to have someone come to me not liking how they look, and to leave loving the way that they look. I'm 6-feet tall so I've never known what it is like to blend in with the crowd or fly under the radar, because for a girl, 6-feet is pretty tall. I stand out wherever I go. When I was a kid I absolutely hated being tall. I could never find pants that were long enough or shoes that were big enough. I always wanted to know what it would be like to feel like one of the "normal" sized kids. But as I grew up I realized that "normal" doesn't exist. I love being tall now and I realize that even the "normal" sized kids had insecurities that they dealt with. I became a mom in December 2012, and it was the best decision I've ever made. Being a mom has put so much perspective into my life. It has helped me to better understand the love that our Heavenly Father has for us, because of how I feel about and love my son. Out of all the jobs I've had in my life, motherhood is by far the best one yet.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I had to deal with the unfortunate experience of being sexually abused by a family friend. This experience has proven to be one of the greatest trials I've ever experienced. As I started facing all the destruction the abuse had caused on all aspects of my life, I realized that there was no way that I could possibly get over this on my own. I had lost trust for people around me. I found it difficult seeing myself get married and have a family. For years I struggled with letting go of the pain, disappointment, hurt and anger. Healing was a process; one which involved relying on professional therapist and counselors to help me through. But also relying on my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ to not leave me alone. After years and years of struggling to finally let go of this burden, I had an experience that forever changed my understanding of the Atonement. I was having a very dark moment where I felt lost and was afraid for the future. I was ready to let go of this pain, but just didn't know how. As I sat quietly pondering, suddenly in my mind, I knew what needed to be done. I allowed the Savior to take on this burden. I physically felt the Savior take this weight off of my shoulders that I had been carrying for so long. It was as real of a feeling as someone lifting a heavy backpack off of my back. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I had a testimony that it was true. I knew that I could pray to my Heavenly Father and ask for help with anything that I stood in need of. I knew that the Savior Jesus Christ atoned and died for the sins of the world. But this experience helped me to better understand that the Savior's atonement is not only there for the mistakes that we make, but for the mistakes that others make that cause us pain. I continue to follow His gospel because I know that it is true. It is real. It gives me so much peace and understanding and I am blessed to be apart of this gospel.

How I live my faith

I have basically worked with the 18 months-11 year children in the church ever since I can remember. I've had a few other callings here and there, but working with the primary children has taken up the majority of my time, and I love it. Nothing teaches you more to be Christlike than interacting with children who are so young, sweet and innocent. They truly teach me to be "childlike: submissive, meek, and humble..." as the scriptures and our Savior Jesus Christ has asked us to become.