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Hi I'm Marisa

I'm the youngest of 8, violin major at BYU, and I love to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student, working hard and lacking sleep. I have played violin all of my life and am a music major with an emphasis in instrumental education. I spend early mornings working as a custodian and late nights practicing in the practice rooms. I have 7 older siblings to give me advice and walk with me through life. Because of my music background, I have been able to travel to China and multiple countries in Europe.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon church. I've grown up with parents, siblings, and friends as examples to me of how to live the Mormon faith, or rather, the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was baptized at the age of eight and have been a member ever since. However I cannot say that I have always had a testimony of this church. As an early teenager, I had little interest in learning more about the gospel. Although I attended church weekly and seminary classes during school, I did not have the desire to learn or pray and was therefore not teachable. Satan sought ways to lead me astray and I made decisions that pleased him. With the help of loving family members, examples of friends, wonderful teachers, and especially a forgiving Heavenly Father, I have been able to gain a testimony of this gospel which continues to grow every day. I am a Mormon because I know that it is the only church containing the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the Bible testifies of the the Book of Mormon and that they are companionship books. Mostly, I am a Mormon because I know what my purpose in life is. I know how I came to be, why I'm here, and where I'm going.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint in the Poland Warsaw Mission. I'm doing my best to learn more Polish every day to more effectively teach God's beloved children in Poland. As a missionary, I study the scriptures more frequently and diligently than I ever have before. I pray to our Heavenly Father, before I read, that I may be susceptible to the spirit, that I will have an open mind and heart and learn what He wants to teach me while studying His word. I know I'm not perfect but I live my faith by knowing that Christ made it possible for me to make mistakes and still be able to return worthily to my Father in Heaven some day.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

One of the first lessons we learn as children raised in the church is taught as we sing the song, "I am a child of God." Missionaries want you to understand that you are a child of God and can return to him someday. He knows you and your personal circumstances. He wants you to come to Him through prayer, sharing with him your thoughts and concerns. Missionaries want to share with you why you're here and where you're going by teaching what we call The Plan of Salvation, also called the Plan of Happiness. Ultimately missionaries want you to find true, eternal happiness. Show more Show less