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Hi I'm Marissa

I'm a college student. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Marissa, and I am studying to be an elementary school teacher. I love to do arts and crafts, especially scrap booking, and am always looking for fun things to make for my future classroom. I also really like music, play the oboe and piano, and am learning to play the guitar. When I'm not focused on school, I enjoy baking and playing video games with my husband. Right now we are especially fond of Pokemon. I also love to read, and can't wait for the new Heroes of Olympus book.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the wonderful sense of family we have in the church. We believe that God is in fact our Heavenly Father, and that as families we mirror his love for us. My life had been inexplicably blessed by my family, by my parents examples, by the extended family reunions we hold a couple times a year, and especially in the form of my dear husband. I have only been married a short time, but the absolute joy I felt in the temple, surrounded by those who loved me, being sealed to my beloved for time and all eternity, was a sure witness to me that if there is any way to find happiness in this life, it is through the guidance and mercy of the gospel. During my inquisitive high school years I tried exploring other philosophies and ways of thought, and nothing I found can compare to the peace and day to day contentment living the gospel brings to my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by making my home a safe and spiritual place. My husband and I have the goal to read the scriptures and say both couple and individual prayers every night before bed. We also pray before we leave the house each morning. We attend our local services regularly, and are especially conscious to meet our bishop's challenge to arrive on time and not leave early. We try to give generously of our resources to the church missionary fund, and support our local leaders by volunteering to do little jobs, like take a meal to a neighbor or clean the church building. I also live my faith by looking for ways that I can make my students feel loved. With my job as a part time teacher, I have the opportunity to touch many little lives, hopefully in a positive way. While I may not be specifically imparting my religious views on these children, by being a patient and understanding mentor I believe I can share with them the love Christ has for them, and help them reach for their infinite potential.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are very similar to the stereotypical woman you could meet on the street. We earn degrees and jobs. We take kids to school and go to the grocery store. We worry about our weight and hair and if our house looks presentable. We also strive to be caring and considerate of others, to be available to help out a friend or neighbor in need. Mormons definitely believe in equality of men and women. As a future teacher, I am learning that in education, a fair and equal education does not mean every student gets the same treatment. In order to achieve the same desired outcome, some students require more help, or a different way of explaining than others. Though they are not treated the same, they still get an equal education. Some very vocal groups would have the world believe that men and women in the LDS church are not equal, because they are not treated exactly the same. But the fact is God has given each of us what we need to have a fair and equal life-long education in this world, through the church. Just because some responsibilities in the church are asked to be filled by only men or only women does not make us unequal. We need both faithful men and women to carry out the work of the Lord, and even though those duties may be different, we still view each other as equals in the sight of God. Show more Show less