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Hi I'm Lissa Brock

I am 19 years old. I grew up in Oregon playing basketball and tennis. I plan on becoming a nurse. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old. I love playing sports and being active. I played varsity basketball and tennis all through high school. I am the fourth of six children. I love reading and listening to music. My brothers are also very musical. They both write music all the time and are in a band called “The Brocks.” My Dad is a commercial realtor and because of the dive in the economy, our family has struggled financially for the past several years. Because of this, my Mom is now going to school to become a nurse in order to help support the family. I am a sophomore in college, and I just completed my first semester of the nursing program. My studies require a great deal of my time and effort, but it is worth it. I work in the summers and study very hard during the school year in order to keep my scholarship. This enables me to pay for all my living and school expenses. I love learning, and I have such a strong desire to be a nurse so that I can help people and do something worthwhile in this world. However, I have decided to go serve a mission for my church, so my studies will be on hold for the next one and a half years. I will be leaving February 13th 2013 for the Philippines where I will be able to share with the Filipino people what I believe. I am so excited and grateful for this opportunity, for it is what means the most to me in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, I had major anxieties. They started out as little fears, but as I got older they only grew until they started to become a major hindrance. It was so hard for me to go to sleep alone or spend the night away from home. It even started affecting my basketball career. I had made the varsity team as a freshman, and playing against older girls and having to go to overnight tournaments and camps literally filled me with dread and terror. It’s hard to describe what it’s like to have true anxieties, but I will tell you there were times when my whole heart and being were filled with fear, and hopelessness. These feelings would just swell inside me until it felt unbearable and overwhelming. There were times when I wondered if I would ever be able to go off to college on my own, and I even considered quitting the sport I loved most in order to spare myself from these feelings. I knew I had to overcome these anxieties if I wanted to live a full life, but I could not do it on my own. I was able to completely overcome my fears only when I began to rely wholeheartedly on Jesus Christ. When these fears came, the only thing I could do was pray. I learned to cherish the scriptures, for they were one of the only things that could bring true peace. My fears taught me that I can overcome anything with the help of God, Christ, prayer, and the scriptures. I don’t know where I would be if I were not a member of this church. I know that the trials of this world and the weaknesses that I have would entirely overcome me. I am a Mormon because it is what gives me strength to continue day after day. I am a Mormon because it has brought me closer to my Heavenly father and his son Jesus Christ. It has guided me to know of their love, and it is this love that makes all the difference. Their love and this gospel give purpose and meaning to my life. I am a Mormon because of the love and peace it brings.

How I live my faith

Right now I am home from school and preparing to leave on my mission to the Philippines. I have deferred my schooling until I return. Before I actually go to the Philippines, I will go to the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah where I will learn the Tagalog language and where I will continue to study the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For the next year and a half I will leave my family, friends, schooling, and all other interests behind in order to devote myself entirely to teaching others of Christ and his gospel. In the past, I have been able to serve as a teacher of different Sunday school classes in my church. As a teacher, I am provided with a manual that has the basic outline of what I am supposed to teach, but then I am free to choose how I want to direct the lesson. I have mostly taught 18-23 year old men and women, and I enjoy it so much because of all the insightful comments that are always made. I love preparing lessons because I feel that it helps me learn the principles more so than if I were just being taught the lesson. Even though I have only taught young adults in the past, I have just been called to teach the 5 year old class for a few months. This will be something very new for me, but I am excited to be able to get to know the little kids that I will be teaching.