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Hi I'm Marrisa McKinzie

I'm from Los Angeles, California. I have t-minus 38 days until I serve a mission in Brazil, Salvador and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently awaiting to serve a mission in t-minus 38 days!:D I am Filipino, African-American, and Tongan. I come from a very big family and the celebrations we have -whether for birthday parties, graduations, or dances- is something I will really miss on my mission. My interests include learning about new cultures, reading, arts and crafts, taking pictures, spending time with family and friends, trying new things, learning cultural dances and performing them, etc. Those who know me very well would definitely call me optimistic because I always manage to hold a smile on my face no matter what. I know this life is beautiful and I seek to learn as much as possible in my life !

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I have prayed many times to receive a knowledge of the things which I have read in the Book of Mormon and have come to find that these things are true. I've also prayed many times for a knowledge that the past prophets and the prophet today, Thomas S. Monson, are men called of God. Growing up -in a not-so-Mormon, church attending background- I could firmly state that life was so much more difficult and frustrating. It seemed like all the problems in the world were weighing in around my family. My parents were not active church- goers. My mom was an inactive member for a long time and my dad wasn't even a member, that was until I was in middle school when my dad finally got baptized. However, even after that my parents still struggled to attend church as a family. We usually just went to sacrament and just came home. I had a good idea of what my life was without the Gospel, or living the Gospel, which is why I always prayed so much as a child for truth. I didn't understand why it was so hard for my parents to commit to something if it was true. Why then did my father choose to be baptized? Why would we just go to sacrament? What are my beliefs? I had a lot of questions, but seeing my grandparents painted a vivid picture for me. They were happy and I was whenever I came to their home, attended their church services, and listened to them sing together. Their life seemed so much easier and their household seemed so much more peaceful than my own. I didn't understand everything growing up, but one thing that has always stayed with me are the feelings of peace and comfort I experienced being in their home and at their church. I learned from them that the Gospel made them happy and that living the Gospel made their home somewhere I loved to be.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing many things such as attending church and reading my scriptures every day. However, one of the most influential things I've done is attend my ward missionary meetings. The purpose of a ward missionary is to help missionaries bring individuals unto Christ. I've only had this calling for a few months, but I can definitely say that learning of people and their strides to grow spiritually along with witnessing a change in them when they commit to being baptized is amazing!

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Marrisa McKinzie
In simple terms, yes. Mormons believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly and that the Book of Mormon, which works hand in hand with the Bible, is also the word of God. Show more Show less