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Hi I'm Marisa

I grew up in the city suburbs of Georgia. I'm a BYU student majoring in Recreation Management. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Chicago, but when I was 9 my family and I moved to the good old South-Georgia! I was very blessed through my youth to be grounded by my family and religion, and was very involved in my youth and school by going to youth camps and and many low key family vacations. I was very lucky throughout high school with a great support system and extracurriculars that led me to Brigham Young University. I've had the most amazing experiences here, both at school and through my work. I had the opportunity to work at BYU's Aspen Grove Alumni Family Camp as a counselor where I learned so much about myself, the people I served, and the world around me. In the spring I'm going to have the opportunity to travel to London with BYU's study abroad program, and I am so excited to be able to travel and get to know a culture besides my own. I've been so blessed to be able to touch many lives with the experiences that I've had, and in turn, I've been touched in so many ways by the influential people I've met. Life is such an adventure and I'm so lucky to be able to go along for the ride.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because through a lot of thought and prayer, I have found the knowledge that this is the true church of the Lord. Before I was born, and right after my parents had gotten married, the missionaries found my parents and began to teach them the gospel. Because of this, I have been blessed to grow up in the gospel. It wasn't until I was older that I realized how lucky I was to have the influence and guidance of the church. I was struggling a lot as a teenager to find myself and what I really believed in. I went through the motions and went to church and activities, but didn't feel like I was feeling the spirit the way I should. But after meeting a good friend in the church through an activity celebrating our new temple in Atlanta, I felt that I needed to try harder to find out if the church was true. I prayed a lot, and found in my heart that the things in the Book of Mormon were true, and that Joseph Smith truly restored the gospel of Christ. Since that experience, I have come much closer to my Heavenly Father and learned to lean on Him. I am so grateful for the eternal family He has given me and the ability I have to be forgiven for my sins. The gospel has completely changed my life in so many ways, and given me the ability to keep an eternal perspective as I go through everyday life. Having this knowledge is so important to me in my life, and gives me strength, because I know that through all of my trials and hardships, Christ is with me, and supporting me. I know that this is the true gospel and I know that someday, through the teachings of the church, I can return to my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I've been a member of the church ever since I was born, because of the missionary efforts of the young men that taught my parents when they were first married. I was blessed to be born into the gospel and be raised around the influence of wonderful people. When I got to be a teenager, I was involved in a lot of church programs such as camps, activities, and service projects that helped those around us. Now that I'm at BYU, I've had multiple opportunities to serve those around me in church callings, such as being a part of a service committee and being a photographer for the events that happen in my church group. As a summer camp counselor at BYU, I even had the opportunity to be a sunday school teacher for 10 year olds, and it has blessed me immeasurably. I live my faith by example, and try to spread the gospel through the life I live. I've learned through my teen years to only live the things that I preach to know, and hold myself to those standards. It's been such a miracle in my life to see how happy my life has been by living what I know is true.