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Hi I'm Marisa

I grew up in Utah. I love to play the piano, dance, and gaze at the stars. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah and I love living beneath the tall mountains. Being outside is something that I enjoy immensely. Whether it be hiking, shooting, playing frisbee, or just laying out under the stars or sitting by a bonfire. I love spending time with my family, they are so important to me, and we are all very close to one another. And of course, any time spent with my significant other is the best kind of time. I've completed one year of college, thanks to my scholarships, and am planning on going into the field of accounting. And I am going to make accountants cool! I am currently serving a mission in Michigan. I love to read and write creative stories and let my mind and imagination wander. Music is something I enjoy with a passion, including singing, playing the piano, playing the violin, and percussion. I also did ballet for 12 years before I had to stop due to increasing schoolwork. But even now, I still catch myself doing ballet combinations and positions when I am just standing around somewhere.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the covenant, as my parents were sealed together in the temple. I relied partly on their testimony before mine was strong enough to stand alone, and now it is stronger than ever. I have had many instances where my faith and testimony have been tried and tested, but I fought back against the adversary with strength from God and came out on top. Satan never gives up on me, but I'm still trying my hardest to fight back against him, and remain on the Lord's side. For those who remain on the Lord's side will never fail. I still have rough patches in my life, as does anyone else, but my faith in Jesus Christ is what keeps my head afloat in a sea of confusion. The first time I read the Book of Mormon, I knelt down and prayed about it. I didn't really get a strong confirmation of any sorts. So I read it again and prayed about it again. This time, I did get a feeling. And the message I got was, "You already know that it is true. Why are you asking again?" I can testify that the Book of Mormon *is* true, that this church is Jesus Christ's true church, that we have the fullness of the gospel. And I am ever so grateful for him and for his Atonement. I can never repay that debt, but I can try my best to be the best person I can so that in that day when I stand face-to-face with God, I can hold my head high and say that I was firm in the faith.

How I live my faith

As far back as I can remember, I have never missed a day of church, even when I wasn't at my home ward. In the Young Women program, I was always part of a presidency, and that helped me greatly on my way to receiving my Young Women medallion. After I aged out of the program, I was called to serve as a teacher in the primary teaching CTR 7 children. This experience helped my testimony grow so much as I taught and listened to the pure words of these children. Listening to their pure and innocent comments, so full of faith in Christ, greatly nurtured my testimony. Currently, I am now serving in the Michigan Lansing Mission. Such an amazing opportunity to dedicate a year and a half of my life to my Lord and Savior, hastening along *his* work. My testimony has grown so much out here. Even with all the rejection that happens when you are a missionary, it has only served to strengthen my own testimony about Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and loves each and every one of us.