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Hi I'm Missa

I am a rock climber, a change-maker, an outdoor enthusiast, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently attending school at BYU and will graduate with a BS in Psychology with a minor in International Development. I enjoy learning about different cultures and people around the world and am working on a number of projects that I hope will be a force for good in this lifetime. One of these projects, the WomanStats Project, is very dear to my heart. The WomanStats project is the largest, most comprehensive database on the well being of women around the world. After graduating from BYU, I plan to get an MBA and throw myself into the development world, working to improve lives, fighting for freedom of religion in other countries, helping young women get an education, and developing a career in social innovation. I also plan on having a family one day and am excited to have children of my own to love and cherish and bring up in the gospel. In my spare time, I enjoy the challenge and exhilaration of rock climbing and canyoneering, hiking and white water rafting. Even more, I enjoy hanging out with my five wonderful brothers. They are the best people I'll ever know and my love for them is beyond bounds (even when they're little twerps). I love my life though it is messy and crazy at times. There is a lot of pain in the world, but so much joy in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been blessed to grow up in a place where my voice matters as a woman, where I have the freedom to get an education, voice my opinions, and worship as I may.

Why I am a Mormon

There are plenty of hard truths in life. Many paradoxes-- and trials that seem to happen without any apparent reason. Nothing in this world has made more sense to me than this Gospel which this church teaches. I have learned and studied many other religions and can appreciate the small pieces of truth found within each of these. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, however, has the full truth; Christ is the light and the truth and God's plan is a plan of ultimate happiness. He loves His children, He knows each of us and wants us to come to Him. Through Him, meaning can be derived from horrible suffering, purpose can be found in a seemingly arbitrary life, and life has a happy ending (spoiler alert: eternal life, it never ends)! I cannot imagine a world without God and cannot fathom where I would be without this knowledge. I have faced many trials in my life, have let a few loved ones go as they returned to God in heaven, and can say I have, at times, felt completely lost and alone on my mortal journey. Christ has been my rock, my redeemer through it all.... I've sought for answers, I know what it's like to be at the bottom...And now I understand and appreciate what its like to be in His majestic care, to finally accept His outreached hand that never withdrew even when I failed to acknowledge it... This gospel is a gospel of healing and is extremely beautiful for all those who come to Christ. I know this is the true church. I know that Christ lives. God lives. I know who I am and I know where I'm going. I know that my family will be together forever. And I am so humbly grateful for this knowledge.

How I live my faith

I think the most apt way I live my faith is through the way I interact with others and the daily things I do. Through my work, service, and teaching others on how to be more empathetic and culturally sensitive, I see what the light of Christ can do to improve people's lives. Living my faith is a whole mindset that informs me of the truth about life and God and how I should act and what I should do in society. For example, I know that I can turn to God for guidance and comfort through prayer (any time, any where) and I know that every person I meet is a child of God and is loved by Him above. Thus I strive to see people as He would see them. This conscious effort has opened my heart to so many and increased my desire to serve His children. My number one motivation for following the teachings of God is because I love my Father in Heaven. The blessings, however, are indeed an added bonus. I strive to develop my relationship with Him and through Him I am able to serve others using my knowledge in psychology and understanding of the differences across cultures. My faith is a huge part of my life. I get up in the morning knowing that my savior died for me and lives for me, that God lives, and that I have the knowledge to make someone's life better. I participate in the church activities and Sunday services here in Provo with the other young adults and I absolutely love that feeling of community as well.