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Hi I'm Marissa Luquette

I'm from Austin, Texas, and Texan, through and through. I am a convert, and love the gospel with all of my heart. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a sincere passion for this life that I am so grateful to live. I love to dance ballet, swim, cook with my dad, read, watch movies, and most of all learn. I am a college student, and am studying Elementary Education with an emphasis on Spanish. (Did I mention I also love learning languages?) My greatest aspiration in this life is to have a family of my own someday, and teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ. My family right now consists of my father, my sister, and I at its core. I have not seen my mother in a very long time, and my eldest brother passed away; however we are very luck for the loving extended family we have and the promise of eternal families in sight of those who have passed on. I am the only member of the church in my family, and love to share the gospel with them when I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the church of one year, and came to know very quickly that this was Christ's church restored on the Earth today, as I agreed to be baptized after my first lesson with missionaries. All of my life, I knew that Jesus Christ was my Savior, and the Redeemer of all mankind. I knew that God loved me and had a plan for my life. I just didn't know where His church was, or where to find truth. I had attended a Lutheran church growing up, and a Non Denominational Christian church in my high school years, and while there were pieces of truth, I had always felt something was missing. I had questions I felt weren't being answered, and that a fullness was lacking; however I didn't really actively seek for the truth until right after my brother died. I remember being at a Christian Summer camp, and being angry because no one could answer my questions. What would happen to this beloved sibling who had not accepted Christ before he died? Little did I know my Father in Heaven was preparing me to accept the gospel all along. Months later, a dear friend answered my questions and brought me to a special speakers series at the church she attended, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. After setting foot in the church, I knew my search was over. The spirit burned in my soul, a radiant flame. She set up my first meeting with the missionaries and twelve days later, I was baptized. Since then, I have a firm testimony of the Restored Church of Jesus Christ. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that The Book of Mormon is God's word. I know that the Priesthood of God has also been restored which allows for sacred ordinances to be properly performed. I know that God has a Plan of Salvation that will bring us happiness now and in the eternities, and that Jesus Christ and his Atonement are at the center of that plan. My testimony and my conversion are both things I hold incredible dear to my heart, and my faith will never be shaken.

How I live my faith

Being a college student, I currently attend what is called a Young Single Adults ward, which is basically a big group of unmarried, college-aged, students. It might sound kind of funny, but is actually a huge blessing as I am living away from my family. Everyone in our ward is pretty close, and we get to engage in lots of fun activities together that increase our faith, as well as worship together every Sunday. Aside from Sundays, and time spent with my ward, there are many other avenues I pursue to keep my worship daily. I begin most days kneeling bedside in prayer, and end them the same way before I go to sleep. I find some pocket of time in any given day to devote to studying my scriptures or other church material. I talk about the gospel with my friends, and share it with whomever I can. I write in my journal every evening to record the ways in which God has shown me His tender mercy and love in each day, just by the small and simple things. In consistently educating myself in spiritual capacities, and actively participating in church, I always know that God is with me, listens to me, and that this is His church.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Marissa Luquette
Christ's church was of course established during His mortal ministry; however upon Christ's death, a great apostasy occurred in which apostles were slain and believers fled, the fullness of the gospel was taken from the Earth. Though this was of course difficult for Jesus' faithful followers, it was necessary that the Restoration of His church was delayed. Heavenly Father made this so, for in fact, the time in which Joseph Smith came to Him was the exact time Christ's Church would have the best success of being restored and accepted. While the building of the church was still difficult, many humble disciples of Christ accepted Smith as a prophet of God and were able to once again bring Christ's church to organization and full fruition because of the resources, and religious freedom of the time. Show more Show less