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Hi I'm Marissa

I grew up in the western United States. I study Chemical Engineering. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As an engineering student, I am very interested in math and science, especially biology. I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and skiing, and I have a special love for distance running. I love music, so I sing with my church choir. I can also play the clarinet. When I have the time, I also love to read books.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to faithful members of the Church, and my parents taught me the principles of the Gospel all my life. I never truly doubted their words, but, like everyone else, I had to come to my own conviction of the truth of the Gospel. I first read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover when I was ten years old, and I came to love the book and its teachings. When I was fifteen, I experienced a tragedy. One of my cross country teammates had an unusual accident at a competition and later passed away. During that time, the Holy Ghost spoke peace to my mind, and God manifested Himself to me through His boundless love. The next time I read the Book of Mormon, I followed the counsel in the final chapter and sincerely asked God if the things in this dear book were true. I received a sure confirmation that I can never forget. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I know God lives, that He is our Father, and that He loves each person profoundly. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, translated by His true prophet, Joseph Smith, I know that God continues to bless His children through a living prophet. I know that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, atoned for our sins. He redeemed us, and it is only by and through Him that we can return to the presence of our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

In addition to my involvement with church choir, I am a member of my branch's compassionate service committee. Outside of church, I am trying to charter a community-service-related club on my college campus. I was also recently called to serve a mission for 18 months, and I am very excited.