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Hi I'm Marissa Ann Erickson

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a freshman in college. I consider my left-handedness one of my favorite traits. I'm serving a mission in the Puerto Rico San Juan mission, speaking like a Boricua and loving it. I'm your typical home-grown Utah girl, and I'm proud to be a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be born into a family who already lived the Gospel. For many years, I won't deny that I relied on the testimonies of my parents and fellow ward members. But just as all teenagers do, I felt the need to find the truth for myself, and so I decided to take my spiritual education seriously. Instead of just going to Church, I went with a purpose. I read the scriptures looking for answers. After months of searching and praying, I confirmed for myself what deep down I already knew. As an intellectual and as the insatiably curious young lady that I am, knowing the Church I spent my whole life believing in is true has given me a confidence and peace I cannot deny. I find answers and truths within the doctrines of the Church. I know it is true. I love being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

How I live my faith

I try to be the best 19 year-old girl I can be every day. I want to live my life to please the Lord. Everything I do is to prove to Him how much I want to make Him proud of His little girl.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Marissa Ann Erickson
I'll be honest here, I always wondered that, too, even though I've been a Mormon my whole life. I always wondered why the Lord didn't allow women to receive the priesthood. I thought it was unfair of Him. But I've come to realize that the Lord doesn't love men any more than He loves women. He loves ALL His children equally, but because men and women are both so different, He's given each gender very specific responsibilities. Men are given the priesthood, while women are given the sacred gift of motherhood. Both responsibilities are important in God's plan. As it says in The Family: A Proclamation to the World, "by divine design, fathers are to watch over and teach their families in love and righteousness. They are to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children . . . Fathers and mothers should help one another as EQUAL partners" (emphasis added). Understand though, that women in the Church aren't always stay-at-home moms. The Church doesn't force women to remain in the home if she is capable of providing for her family. And fathers can be just as great at nurturing their children as mothers are. But both genders are expected to rear their children in love and righteousness and try their best to make their home a happy, safe place to be. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Marissa Ann Erickson
Just as you would dress up for any special occasion, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints dress in their best for all Sunday services because we view our chapels and meeting houses as houses of God. We dress up to show our respect and love for the Lord. We celebrate the regional and national holidays of the countries where we live, too, as well as anniversaries, birthdays, and other life events. But we see the Christmas and Easter holidays as the most spiritually significant days in history because of the birth, suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Show more Show less