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Hi I'm Marisa

I was raised in a big family in North Pole, Alaska. I'm working towards being a kindergarten teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a big sister to 9 siblings and a little sister to 1. We're a big silly family and I love that, even when they beat me at Yahtzee. Since I was a kid I've always really loved listening and being a part of music, which led me to choir and dance in middle school. For six years my love for dance played the major role in my life, with performances in the local dance company and trips to international dance conventions. My desire to try new things brought other adventures, such as my one season on the varsity tennis team (there was no junior varsity), and my year as the senior class secretary. Now that I'm in college, the dance life has taken the backseat and become my go-to fun time for those days that just need to be shaken off. That and pretty much any game, it's all fun to me. I'm also a big fan of dessert. I like to keep things simple and see the humor in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was one of those kids that was baptized at 8 but didn't really get it until I was seventeen. That's when I realized that no matter what happens in my life, one thing will always be the same, and that is the gospel of Christ and His love for me. Being a member of His church gives me the meaning of life and also the answer to thousands of other questions. Christ's atonement allows me to be better than just the silly kid I am. No one else can make me into the daughter, sister, wife, mother, servant, or teacher that I have the potential to become. Everything that makes me happy is deeply rooted in the gospel, especially the importance of my family and future spouse. Even though one day I am excited to marry a super guy, my first love is and always will be my savior. My faith makes my life make sense.

How I live my faith

When I was young I held a few little church leadership positions among the young women in my area. As a young adult, I've been a Sunday school teacher for gospel doctrine, which I absolutely loved, and also the secretary for my ward's women's organization. No matter what I'm officially assigned to do, I try to help out wherever it's needed, even if it's just being friendly at a church Christmas social or bringing my computer to a pizza/family history party. Starting this year, and for the next 18 months, I'll be serving full-time as a missionary, which is the biggest adventure so far in my life.