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Hi I'm Marisa

I was born in Idaho, I grew up in Montana and I currently am a student at Brigham Young University in Idaho.

About Me

I am the oldest of three children, I love the color red and spending time outdoors with my friends. I am currently studying nursing at my university but I plan on serving an LDS mission later this year. I love my family and spend large amounts of time with them camping, playing games and of course, eating food. I love to sing, dance and play video games. I also like to read, write and cook.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon church, but it hasn't always been a large part of my life. When I was in high school, I made some bad decisions that I never thought I could overcome. I struggled with myself, I didn't know who I was or what I had become. I still went to church, but I never prayed because I thought that God didn't want to talk to me. Mistake after mistake, I would feel bad about it but I would always make the mistake again. God already knew what I had done and I felt like he already knew what I was going to say, so why say it? Then I made the decision to attend a Mormon school. Lots of people say terrible things about Mormon schools and I was a little hesitant but I knew that it was something I needed to do. I began to fix my mistakes and eventually began to pray again. The results were amazing. I found myself to be a much happier, more productive person. I found that when I let God help me through my mistakes, instead of trying to hide from him behind them, my life was so much easier. By living by the principles that the Mormon faith have taught me, I am moving on the road to become the best person I possibly can be. Sure there were times that I wished I could "be normal" but that's not the person I want to be. I don't want to be normal, I want to be extraordinary. I want to be the sort of person that people look up to. I want to be the person that is kind and loving and thinks more about others than she does about herself. I know that this church has put me on that path. I know that Jesus Christ is there to help me when I struggle and I know God hears and answers my prayers. I know that every little piece of this church is true and it makes me happy. I am a Mormon because I love my savior Jesus Christ and my God and I know this is his church. And I cannot imagine my life without it.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in my church as a "family history indexer". That pretty much means that I take pictures of old records and manually type them into an online recording system. It sounds complicated but it is really just putting things such as census records and military payrolls from usually around the 1900's. On Sunday, I attend a "young single adult" ward, which is just a fancy name for a group of people who are single and around college years (18-30yrs). Since I have been in this kind of ward I have been to many activities but also organized some as well. It has helped me grow closer to my friends and family but also to God to be involved in my church.

What is faith?

Marisa
Faith is amazing. Faith is the ability to know that someone or something is there without seeing it. There is a song that the young children in the church sing about faith. They sing, "Faith is like a little seed, if planted it will grow. Faith is a feeling within my heart, when I do right I know." We often talk about how Faith can be associated with a plant. It is okay if your Faith is small, or you are a bit unsure you even have Faith in something, because it will grow. The more you learn and the more you know, the more your Faith will increase. Much like how a plant needs to be planted and nurtured. And when it is, it grows into something beautiful. Show more Show less