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Hi I'm Clarissa

I grew up all over the United States. I have a teaching degree and a million kids. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My parents joined the LDS church when I was 4 or 5 years old. Gaining a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ was something that just quietly grew in bits and pieces while I was growing up, but to really understand how the Atonement works did not happen until I was in my 40's. Between the 2 of us, my husband and I have 11 children and 8 grandchildren. When I was in my 30's I went back to college after a 15 year hiatus and received a degree in education. I love going to the beach and running and fitness, and recently have been experimenting with Paleo cooking. I have also taken up quilting. Perhaps one day I will finish that quilt I started. :)

Why I am a Mormon

When I was growing up I always figured that gaining a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel would be this big, huge, obvious experience...like the Father and the Son appearing to Joseph Smith. Okay, not quite that big, but something really obvious and I wondered what I was doing wrong to not ever have that. I wanted that "burning of the bosom" experience that seemed to be elusive. Well, one day when I was a senior in high school I was upset about something and feeling very alone and like my world was upside down and I knelt down by my bed and prayed. I don't remember what I actually was praying about, probably just sobbing to my Father in Heaven, but I felt this warmth that I have never forgotten, like a warm hug and a feeling that my Father in Heaven loved ME. My room was dark and I was alone, but in my mind's eye everything was light and bright and I was not alone at all. Years down the road, and many poor choices later, when I thought all was lost, including the love of my Father in Heaven, I learned that He still loves me and that He knows me. I know that as long as I am trying, over and over again if necessary, He will help me. He does not give up on us.

How I live my faith

I try to make living my faith exactly that...an everyday part of my life.When my children were younger, I did a lot of volunteer work in their schools. I try to help out wherever needed. I have also had many jobs in church working from with younger children, teaching them on Sundays; working with the young women; and most recently heading up the women's organization in the congregation I attended before moving to where I live currently. I attend church every Sunday and try to perform the jobs I am asked to do to the best of my ability. Quite often this requires a lot of prayer, but it allows me to be closer to my Father in Heaven and in turn better live my religion.

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is the largest women's organization in the world. Founded on 17 March 1842, it was established for women 18 years of age and older as a way to help build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen homes and families, and to help those in need. In Relief Society, there are ample opportunities to serve each other, bare testimony, and to edify one another. The visiting teaching program encourages women to watch over one another and help one another, so we know we are never alone. Show more Show less