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Hi I'm Marisa

I was born and raised in Florida. I have been a dancer my whole life. My favorite food is ice cream..and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 18 years old. I graduated in May of 2013 and that was probably one of the coolest experiences ever. I'm the first in my line of family to graduate high school so yeah, I am excited about that. I LOVE FOOD!!! I love to cook it, buy it, eat it...food. Haha, I am a dancer. Have been seriously since I was little. I dance hip-hop and jazz, but salsa and merengue are my favorite. Oh! I am mixed. I am Puerto Rican, Portuguese (Actually Portugal, not Brazil), African American and Mohawk Indian. :) It opens up a lot of conversation. I plan on going to BYU after my mission, and studying communications while I am there.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized on October 20, 2012. I have never felt so proud of any decision in my life. I could go on and on explaining my story leading up to me finding the church, but I believe that is irrelevant. What it comes down to, and what the true answer is to "Why I am a Mormon" is simple. The aspect of family, the high and very rewarding standards Mormons live by, and the honest feeling of THE TRUTH. Growing up in and out of different homeless shelters and family homes I was never surrounded by honesty and could not trust anyone. I never really had that true "family" that I always desired, and I was not living a very honorable or respectable life. That was my own doing. The first day I walked into a Mormon chapel, I was instantly surrounded with this beautiful feeling of peace, love, and acceptance. By not only the people around me, but Heavenly Father. My conversion only took one week. I knew for the first time that I had found a place that would never give up on me, would never lie to me, and would always demand the best from me. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Since I am preparing to serve my mission for the church, I have a lot of time to help around my community and a lot of time to dedicate to my ward. I am the ward photographer, and that means I get to attend all of the fun events with the church and take pictures of everyone and all of the fun we are having. When I am not behind my camera I am usually home with my family. I am the only member in my family so sometimes things can be a little different for us. I try to take as many opportunities as I can to share the gospel with my family. I even let them watch me do my personal scripture study, which opens up the desire for them to ask me questions about what I am studying. On the weekends I spend my Fridays and Saturdays with the other young single adults from my area and we all have group dates going out dancing, bowling, game nights, and pool parties.