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Hi I'm Marisa

I grew up in Pocatello Idaho. I'm a Mormon, I know it, I live it, and I love it!

About Me

I have been a member of this church my whole life because of a great example to me: My mother. My mom raised me as a single parent, and she also raised my older brother, and sister. I am now attending BYU-Idaho as a freshman. I am majoring in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in program design and I eventually want to be a personal trainer. My favorite thing to do in the whole world is run! I ran my first marathon one week before I graduated high school.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member my whole life but there came to be a point in my life where I did not know whether or not I had an actual testimony or if my testimony was there because my mom told me the church was true. So for one year I tried new things, and made new decisions. I did not want to continue my life as a Mormon. Then, after almost a year of this life, I remember one night crying. I was tired of being hurt by the people I loved that did not love me in return. I remember being sad all of the time and I was tired of it. So I prayed for one of the first times in a long time. During the prayer I had the feeling that if I changed my life around, then all of my sorrows would go away. At that time in my life, I was not ready to change. I remembered the happiness and easiness of life, but I thought that it was too much work to leave my friends (which I loved), and no one would want me anyways, especially God. Then, not too long after that, a friend texted me and bore his testimony and basically told me that he was sorry for me that I was so firm and stuck in my ways about never returning to the church. That got to me because I was still tired of being sad all of the time. I finally decided to change and I texted my friend. I do not think that I could change without her because she was my friend the whole time. She listened to me and did not push me to much to going back to the gospel. The best thing is is she did not judge me. I am also grateful for my family because they helped me and loved me in that way too. I did not automatically change just like that, but it took me a long process. I did not want to leave my friends, that was hard, but it was also had to just drop the lifestyle I had. I finally got all over all of that through small steps, my friends, and God's grace. So why I am Mormon is because it makes me happy. Some people say that this church restricts them from doing anything. But from my experiences, it saves me from from future confinement and sorrows.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by example. I know others are at different levels than I am at because of different experiences, ages, and simply how they grew up. I used to just go to church because that was how I lived every Sunday, but then noticed the importance of supporting my ward. Before I moved to Rexburg, my home ward was quite small... so small in fact that the closest girl in my Young Women's group (ages 12-18, or until graduation) was 14 when I was 18! Because of that gap, we were on different levels. I was the president for all of the girls in my ward at that time too. At the time, I thought that it was pointless to go to activities because of the immense difference in age, so I just simply didn't go. Then one time, I was just listening to the girls and their simple middle school problems. I immediately felt a great amount of love for them and I could see of the good their future holds. I then tried to reach more out to the girls and tried to be a positive example so they didn't have to go through the hard times that I faced in years ahead. That year I also was a Family Search teacher during Sunday school. I did not know anything about Family History, but luckily an older lady from my ward did. We worked together, me helping with computers and the Family Search program, and her teaching how to do and complete our family trees. It was a great experience because some of the classmates learned how to find old ancestry names, then eventually found them! The summer after my graduation I attended a singles ward for my area, and here at BYU-Idaho, I am also attendin g a singles ward. I have no callings, but a singles ward is a great way to learn and listen of others that are single, in college, and pretty much in the same boat as me! I love it and I've learned so much.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

I have recently read the book "The Continuous Atonement" by Brad Wilcox for a religion class. This book broadened my mind and I wish everyone could read this book because the knowledge is almost necessary knowledge. Can everyone be “covered” by our Savior's grace? Yes, everyone is covered. Brad gives a list of all of the people that thought that they were too far down in the hole to be saved by Christ’s grace (pgs. 58-59). “[Christ] doesn’t say ‘Go get your act together and then come back when you fit the mold.’ He says, let’s start where you are, and go from there (pg. 60)… Sister Okazaki has said: ‘[Christ is] not waiting for us to be perfect. Perfect people don’t need a savior. He came to save people in their imperfections. He is the Lord of the living and the living make mistakes. He’s not embarrassed by us, angry at us, or shocked. He wants us in our brokenness, in our unhappiness, in our guilt and our grief.’ (pg.60) How does repenting help besides the fact that we become clean and more eligible and one step closer to be in God’s presence? “Repenting and remaking broken covenants allows us to feel a deep sense of gratitude to the Lord. In moments of struggle, our needs are accentuated. When we experience our own ‘Gethsemane’, we truly begin to value Christ’s. When we recognize our own weaknesses, we stand in awe of his strength.” I really like that quote because it tells us the benefits/blessings that we have on this Earth right here, right now after we repent. Show more Show less