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Hi I'm Marin Larsen

I'm from Michigan. I study visual arts. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student. I have been called to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Camping is one of my favorite activities because I enjoy being outside, especially in places with many trees. I practice painting, and I love learning about art and other artists. I plan to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree and a teaching licensure, so that I may teach art classes to children. Yoga is my one of my favorite forms of excersise because it is calming and low impact. I like sewing clothing, but I'm still a beginner. I find that learning about my ancestors and documenting them on familysearch.org is rewarding. I have a wish to learn how to fight against human trafficking to liberate victims.

Why I am a Mormon

From the time I was a child, learning about and singing about Jesus Christ, scripture stories, and gospel principles made me feel happy and peaceful. I know those good feelings came from the Spirit. When I was eight years old I chose to be baptised because I believed it was a good choice that God wanted me to make. My understanding and my testimony, or belief, in Jesus Christ and the principles of his gospel increased greatly as a youth. I felt motivated to do the right thing according to God. I read portions of the Book of Mormon on my own. I had wonderful experiences at the church program "girls camp" where spiritual growth is cultivated. At school, I often felt lonely or out of place l, but I knew God was there to support me as I reached out to him. In my mind I sang songs with uplifting messages, and I fely the Holy Ghost comfort me. For a good portion of my young life, I was worried about how to attain perfection. I knew that God wants us to become perfect, and that we need to be perfect in order to live with God again. It took me a long time to understand that we become perfect not just for God, but through God by applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ in our lives. I know that we have prophets on the earth today who are called of God to lead The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I can feel the truth and power of the prophets' words when they address us. I believe that God called Joseph Smith to be the first Latter-day prophet and that through him, the fulness of Christ's Gospel was restored. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from records of ancient prophets. Studying the Book of Mormon daily brings light, order, and peace to my life. The priesthood, sacred authority from God, was restored to Joseph Smith through divine messengers, and it is used to bless others. God lives; he knows us; he loves us. The Atonement of Jesus Christ allows us to repent and change; it strengths those who turn to God.

How I live my faith

I loved being a member of my Young Single Adults ward while attending university. The sense of unity was strong in the ward as we quickly got to know each other and love each other through church meetings, service opportunities, and many other fun activities. I never felt alone because the ward is organized in "family" groups to hold activities, and each person is given a companionship of hometeachers (two men) and visiting teachers (two women) who will serve, support, and befriend them. I did became friends with my hometeachers and the girls I visited. I had many special opportunities to learn, show love, and receive love as I served as a visiting teacher and as my hometeachers served me. I believe that because God loves all his children, he has provided these callings for us to fulfill his commandment: "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Matthew 22:39). I have also served on the Institute council in my Young Single Adult ward. Institute is a weekly religious class for young people combined with good food and the opportunity to meet more people of faith. The Holy Ghost could be felt strongly in our Institute classes. The Spirit gives us peace and helps us feel that what we are learning is true. Now, when I am home with my family, I appreciate the opportunity to befriend ward members of various ages, because each person has unique experiences and wisdom to share. Our women's organization is striving to become more united through service. We want everyone to feel loved. I have had opportunities to teach the young children, which helped me realize that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not really complicated. The children love learning that they are children of God. Singing about our gospel principles with them brings me joy.