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Hi I'm Marissa

I've lived in Utah my whole life. I love being with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have three sisters, one step-sister, and three step-brothers. Spending time with my family is one of my favorite things to do; I'm best friends with all my siblings and my parents. I love music--listening to all kinds of it and playing it (piano, guitar, viola). I'd really like to travel and see new places and meet new people. So far, I'm a total city girl, and I've had a lot of fun visiting different cities throughout the US, but I'm excited to go on adventures in places all over the world. I really like learning about new things, so I've always loved school. I'm a sophomore in college studying Biology and International Studies, and one day I'd like to work in the medical field. I enjoy doing random activities (whistling, crocheting, doing word searches, etc.), and I like having fun and being happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, so the Gospel has always been a part of my life, but when I was younger I didn't really think much about it. But right after I graduated from high school, I moved out on my own, and I realized I had a completely fresh start ahead of me and I could be whoever I wanted. I decided I had to figure out what kind of person I wanted to be, and I realized that depended a lot on whether or not the Church was true. So I decided to find out for myself. For the first time ever, I really studied the Book of Mormon, sincerely prayed to my Heavenly Father, actively participated in church, and tried my best to implement the Gospel principles I'd been taught my whole life into my life. And as I did that, I felt the Holy Ghost become my much needed constant companion, and I knew it was all true. I never had some “Holy Hannah!” kind of experience, it was just that the more I continued to do what I was supposed to, I’d look back and see so clearly how much better/happier/less stressed/more capable I was. I started recognizing the Lord’s hand in my everyday life and feeling His love for me more and more. I know that we have a Heavenly Father who truly loves us and knows us individually and unconditionally, and because of that He’s given us a plan, He’s given us the Gospel—and it’s a gospel of Joy. I know if we live the gospel, we will be able to feel God’s love for us, and we'll grow closer to Him and our Savior.

How I live my faith

For the past year, I've been a Mingles Co-Chair in my ward. This means that every week, I get to help plan and prepare a meal for everyone in my ward to munch on after church so we can all mingle and get to know each other. Sometimes it can be pretty stressful getting a whole meal ready for 200 people every week, but it's been a lot of fun. I've been able to meet a lot of great people, and my homemaking skills have definitely improved! I've also had the opportunity to be a visiting teacher. As a visiting teacher, I'm asked to visit with a few girls in my ward every month to talk about spiritual things and life in general. This has been so wonderful because I've been able to make new friends, and as I've discussed Gospel topics with the girls I visit, I've come to better understand them so I can apply them more in my life. Just recently, I've been called to serve as a missionary in the Nevada Reno mission, and I'm so excited for that opportunity!