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Hi I'm Xarissa

I'm from Arizona but serving the Lord in Missouri as a missionary for 18 months. I collect mugs and am an artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I'm Xarissa. I am a college student who is studying business and finance, but I put my education on hold to serve a mission in St. Louis, Missouri for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love reading and drawing as well as playing video games in my spare time. I also enjoy hanging out and doing things with my family, especially my sister who is 5 years younger than me. Music is also very important to me and I love listening to music as well as singing to it and playing the piano. These five words best describe me: generous, empathetic, creative, receptive, and ambitious.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14 years old, I had a very rough time at school and was not sure if I really knew that my Heavenly Father was there or if He really knew me. After praying and pleading for answers, the Holy Spirit calmed me and reassured me that my Heavenly Father was aware of me and knew me by name because I was His daughter. Since this experience, I have wanted others to know as sure as I do that their Heavenly Father knows and loves them. Prayer and scripture study allow me to grow and nurture my relationship with Heavenly Father. I am blessed to be a member of the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'm a Mormon because it brings great peace and happiness into my life when I follow the commandments of God and strive to be more like Him.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as missionary who shares the gospel of Jesus Christ and brings others closer to Him. In the past, I have taught young children during Sunday School as well as played hymns for adult Sunday School classes. Daily prayer and scripture study allow me to build my relationship with God and bring me many blessings. I also love to go and serve in the temple by performing saving ordinances for those who did not get the chance to receive those ordinances in this life.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Mormon temples are not secret, they are sacred. Because we feel the temple, or the House of the Lord, is sacred, only those who have been baptized and are worthy to enter are permitted into a temple after it has been dedicated. Before a temple is dedicated, however, visitors are welcome to attend an open house and gain a better understanding of what a temple is and what it is used for. Even after its dedication, the temple's surrounding grounds are open to visitors as well whether or not they can go inside. Temples are used to perform ordinances that unite families for all eternity as well as bring those who participate in these ordinances closer to Christ. Church members go to the temple to learn eternal truths, receive and participate in ordinances that bind families together forever, and they also provide ordinances like baptism for those who did not have the opportunity to learn of and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ in this life. Temples are beautiful places where we can all feel closer to our families both temporal and spiritual as well as bless others with the ordinances that are performed inside the walls. Show more Show less