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Hi I'm Marissa

I was born and raised in Tennessee. I am a Southern, a wife, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college graduate and an aspiring author. I enjoy reading the works of those who have realized this dream of mine. I love my family and often spend time with them. My husband and I make light of life by working together and always laughing, usually at ourselves.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this is Christ's restored church on the Earth. Through gospel principles, I have gained an understanding of my purpose here on Earth -- to learn and become the spirit daughter the Lord knows I have the potential to be. I have seen the hope and perfect brightness of the Atonement working in my life during difficult times and trust that it will continue to do so through future trials. I am a member of this Church because it is the only path to true happiness and it is the only Church with the restored Priesthood power. Because of that power, I know that my husband and I will be together forever, well beyond this life. This knowledge brings peace unspeakable.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time, praying each morning for the Lord's help to do better, to be better. Right now, I serve my community and my Church family by trying to share the light of Christ. An unknown author wrote, "a smile is a light in the window of the soul indicating that the heart is at home".

What are Mormon temples used for?

Temples are places of refuge. This world is growing increasingly debase and chaotic. With the hustle of life and the harsh scenes that surround us, the temple of the Lord is a place to find peace and answers to life's questions. Therein, we also make covenants with the Lord and our families. We believe families can be together for eternity and this is the place where we can make that happen. Although I was raised in the Church, I had difficult time making the distinction between secretness and sacredness in regards to the temple. I now understand that the Lord requires those who enter into His house to be prepared for those things which they will see, hear, do, and feel. If we have not prepared and kept ourselves worthy, the experience is not the same and we aren't able to learn and progress, as is the purpose. Temples are open before they are dedicate and this has always proven to me that the Church does not try to keep secret those things which are available to those who qualify themselves. Show more Show less