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Hi I'm Larissa

I am from Los Angeles. I am going to volunteer in Russia. I am a Mormon convert.

About Me

When I was 14, I met the missionaries. At the time I was atheist and uninterested in what they had to share. Almost a year later, I was baptized into the church. About five years after meeting the missionaries, I have been called to volunteer in Russia. I am currently a student at university. I have a love for languages. I also enjoy reading and color guard.

Why I am a Mormon

When the missionaries knocked on my friend's door, I had the feeling that I needed to talk to them. However, my friend had turned them away and the opportunity passed. However, that same night I happened to be outside and the missionaries walked by. I felt the urge to stop and talk with them. I ran up to them, and told them that I was uninterested but that my mother had been Mormon, and I asked if they could get her back to church. I explained also that my parents were going through a divorce and she was depressed, and that from what everybody says, Jesus helps people so maybe He could help her. They began calling my mom, and she eventually let them come over and teach a lesson. My twin brother and mom took the lessons together, but I stubbornly refused to listen. I was adamant in my belief that God did not exist. After about a month, my brother was baptized and my mom was active in the church. It took a lot for me to listen to the missionaries. I had hit rock bottom a couple months after meeting them, and I was so angry at my circumstances, and at life. I also realized that I had alienated every person, and that I was alone. The only people I had left to call were the missionaries. One day when they came over, I told them all of my thoughts and feelings. They listened to my struggles, and after they taught me about the atonement. It was the first time I finally heard what they were saying, and I knew then I had to change. I cut out toxic friends, and changed my lifestyle. I started actively participating in discussions, reading the Book of Mormon and attending church. I noticed how much lighter and happier I felt. I knew that that happiness came from the gospel, and I agreed to be baptized. Since then, my faith has helped me through countless trials and I am grateful that I can lean on it when life gets messy.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am in-between callings. I just moved back to my home ward before I leave on my mission. Previously, I served in leadership positions in the youth program. I even organized a ward talent show before I left for school. :)