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Hi I'm Marissa

I love life. I love living. I love everything there is about being alive. I love dance, music, Chinese, stinky tofu, EVERYTHING.

About Me

I come from a delightful family of 3 girls and 1 boy. My childhood was mostly composed of sandboxes, fantasy novels, aimless whistling, and endless laughter. After growing up, honestly not much has changed. I still love swingsets, Lord of the Rings, music, and the simple joys of life. I'm studying dance, English, and Chinese Education but I've had the opportunity to spend the last two years in Asia, teaching English for a semester then going to Taiwan on a mission. I feel like I've really found God in these past two years, and I want to spend the rest of my life helping others to do the same.

Why I am a Mormon

To be honest, yes, I was born into the church. I don't have a crazy conversion story. I haven't seen an angel or vocally spoken with God. But that's the thing about this gospel; you don't have to have to see or hear to know. I'm a Mormon because the doctrine taught brings joy. There's no loopholes or clauses. It's a gospel that is simple, honest, and pure. As I've lived the commandments and sought direction from my Father in Heaven through prayer, I have found peace and joy. What other purpose do we have on this earth than to find joy in ourselves, in our families, and in our friends? I'm a Mormon because as I live the teachings and look forward with hope toward the future, I see God's miracles in every moment of every day. Through this gospel, you find that you have a purpose, that you have worth, and that you can reach your full potential by opening your heart and mind to God and Jesus Christ. Sweet is the peace the Atonement and the gospel brings.

How I live my faith

I'm not even entirely sure how to wrap words around the statement 'How I live my faith.' It's so much more than a checklist or a crutch. It's more than a way of life, it's a way of being. Being a Latter Day Saint is being real. It's being happy. It's giving and hoping. It's realizing and changing. It's opening your heart to the reality that there is more; there is more than work and school, than broken hearts and wasted days. There's more than being content living day by day waiting for the unknown. That 'more' is God. It is His plan for us. I know where I came from, I know what I'm doing, and I know where I'm going. I live my faith by embracing hope--by living every day purposely and purposefully. I live my faith by living by faith--by doing the things God asks of me because I know through His plan, I can hope for a happy ending.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

As a woman in this Church, I have realized that the beauty of God's creations lies in the kaleidoscope of responsibilities and callings. Men do, indeed, have access to the greatest power in the universe--the power of God. Their purpose in having access to this power is solely to bless the lives of others. Women, on the other hand, have been set apart with the greatest calling in the universe--the calling to create and nurture life. Mormon women lead in the Church by creating and nurturing life in every unit of their stewardship, whether it is the sisters in their stakes or wards or most importantly in their family. Man and woman are thus united by the greatest power and greatest calling, becoming an unbreakable and eternal unit. Show more Show less