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Hi I'm Larissa Merrill

I'm a Mormon. I'm from Texas. I am a freshman at Brigham Young University and I'm majoring in Nursing. I love my family!

About Me

My name is Larissa and I love to play and listen to music, hang out with friends and learn new things. I currently am preparing to serve a mission in the Utah SLC Central mission. I go to Brigham Young University in Provo and I'm majoring in Nursing. I love anything medical-related and I think the human body is miraculous! I play the flute and piano and wish I could play the guitar. I used to teach swim lessons and I love teaching and watching others succeed after they've put forth such hard work. I speak Spanish and love every culture. I really love the Latin culture and the Polynesian culture. I'm also a professional ice cream scooper.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. I continue to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ because I've gained a testimony of it. I know that I am a daughter of God and that I have a loving Father in Heaven who watches over me and blesses me. I know that Christ is my Redeemer and Savior and that through Him I am able to return and live with my Father again. I know that Jesus Christ suffered and died for me and you and everyone else. He knows exactly how I feel in everything that I do. I know He laughs with me and He cries with me. I know that the gift of the Holy Ghost is incredible and that the Spirit guides me and teaches me of truth. I know that families can be together forever through the saving ordinances and covenants made in the House of the Lord. The temple is a beautiful place and the Spirit abides there in abundance. I know that the Book of Mormon is the true word of God and another testament of Jesus Christ. I know that if we read and abide by it that we will feel joy and the Spirit will always testify of the truth of it. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God who was called to help bring back to the earth Christ's church and to restore it. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of God on the earth today and that he has all of the keys of the Priesthood and is authorized to speak and act on behalf of God. I know that if we pray and ask Heavenly Father about anything that He will always listen to and answer our prayers. He may not answer in our time or the way we want but He will answer. I have faith in His perfect timing. I continue to follow Christ and live His gospel because I know through the Spirit that it is true and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I love the ward I grew up in where my family goes to church. The people are very sweet and nice and always willing to help. I also loved my ward at BYU. I was one of the counselors in the Relief Society, an organization for women in the church. I planned all of our activities including a dinner/speaker and a "Care of Being (Carribean) Cruise" activity about taking care of yourself. I live my faith by always doing the right thing. Sometimes it's really hard and sometimes it's easy. But I know that whether it is easy or hard if I do the right thing and strive to be Christ-like that I will always be blessed for that. I know that if I abide by the principles I've been taught that I can truly experience joy and happiness. Heavenly Father doesn't give us commandments to restrict us. He gives us commandments so that we can be happy and free.