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Hi I'm Larissa

I grew up moving around the US. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I'm a wife and new mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Southern California, and by the time I was 15 I had moved to Colorado, Pennsylvania, and finally Utah. Although I was baptized LDS at the age of 8, my family was never active in the church. When I moved to Utah I made some amazing friends who showed me just how wonderful the gospel truly is. I went to Brigham Young University and studied English. I was a nanny for a year in New York, and taught English one summer in Ghana. My best friend from high school returned home from his mission in London, shortly after I returned home from Ghana. Our friendship grew to love and we were married in the Manti, Utah temple. Since then I have developed a passion for finding old furniture and refinishing it. I enjoy writing in our blog, and ultimately I dream of being a mother. After losing our first baby, in a late first trimester miscarriage, my desire to be a mother continued to grow. Through our faith we have put our lives in the Lord's hands, and moved to New Hampshire so my husband could attend Physical Therapy school. Since moving here we have welcomed a beautiful little girl into our family. Becoming a mother has given me a tiny glimpse of the unwavering love our Father in Heaven holds for us. I could not ask for a better job.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon, because through the gospel of Jesus Christ I have found true and ever lasting joy. I have found my purpose in life. The gospel puts every trial and every blessing into perspective and gives me the strength to endure to the end. At 16 years old I attended a church sanctioned youth conference called EFY. Prior to this, my family had been inactive for many years. It was there that the spirit confirmed to me that I was not only a child of a loving Father in Heaven, but that my Father in Heaven knew me by name. He knew my strengths, my weaknesses, and the trials I had overcome. For the first time in my life I knew I was not alone. I testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. He knelt down in Gethsemane and felt every single trial, tear shed, and every hour of weakness. He rejoices in all of our triumph and success. The LDS church is not simply a church we go to on Sundays, and forget about until the next week. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a take action gospel. It's living a Christ centered life, loving and respecting others, and humbly admitting to ourselves and the Lord when we make mistakes. Our jobs here will never be done. We have the opportunity to strive for perfection, and when we fail, having faith that the Lord's grace and mercy will save us. I am a Mormon because I have found the truth and true joy.

How I live my faith

My faith is who I am. I have always been sensitive, and worn my heart on my sleeve. This helps me in my callings through out the church to be empathetic with others and helps me to do my best to be some one other members can rely on. I have had leadership and teaching rolls with in the church, and my favorite by far is working with the children. Hearing their sweet testimonies strengthens mine each and every Sunday. Through out the week I study the lessons ahead, and visit other sisters in the ward. I learned very young to enjoy speaking in front of others. I have used this skill while speaking in sacrament meeting and teaching gospel doctrine classes. I love holding a calling in the church and have a desire to always willing to do the Lord's work.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

The Family is quite literally the core of Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everything we do and believe is directly related to eternal families. We believe that our mortal life is a brief time within our existence, and that when we leave the temporal world our families are the only thing we take with us. Growing up I always felt sad hearing the words "Until death do you part". Why would such a beautiful union end before entering heaven? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints believes families are truly forever. We have the blessing to be sealed within the Lord's temples, and our gospel is centered upon raising good, happy children and having the holy spirit in our homes at all times. Eternal families is something that should be our goal each and every day. It's a daily decision to strive for that heavenly reward. Show more Show less