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Hi I'm Marissa

I was born in Utah. I am a nursing assistant for the elderly. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

It's crazy that as soon as someone asks me to talk about myself my mind goes blank, but here it goes! I am currently a college student but am looking forward to serving a full-time mission very soon. I love sports especially soccer and basketball. I am a nursing assistant at a care center for the elderly and I love it, they teach me so much! I love to plan service projects some of my favorites have been neck pillows for cancer patients and hats for babies that are born prematurely. I am fluent in Spanish, and try to use it when I can, which is always a shock to those that don't know me! I love being outside to kayak, hike, bike or just about anything else.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in the church I was quite active because both of my parents were members. But there came a point in my life that I couldn't reflect the same confidence in knowing the Gospel was true. This is when I stopped going to church and living the Gospel the way my parents had taught me. One day a few years later I chose to kneel down and pray to know if God loved me and if there was anyone other than my family that cared about me. About a week later I had an experience on my birthday that changed my life forever. This lady that had just moved into our ward had been called to be the new Sunday School teacher for my class. She knocked on our door that day and my parents quickly answered it; when I came upstairs I was frustrated that they had opened the door. But my heart quickly softened when I noticed that she had made me a cake in the shape of a soccer ball, there was no way other than through God's help she could have known I loved soccer. Just by looking at it I could tell that she had spent hours that day making it for me. She put the cake down and gave me a giant hug that I could immediately tell was genuine and full of love. It was almost as if the Saviour was giving me a hug and telling me that everything would work out. She invited me to come back, I did, and I have never felt more at peace. I know that God loves us and answers our prayers. I know that my Saviour died and atoned for our sins so that we could progress and come back to Him. I know that the Saviour still lives. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that we have a living prophet today that leads and guides us. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it changes lives. My testimony is what gives me peace and joy in this life, and I am so thankful for the Gospel!

How I live my faith

Before I came home from college to prepare for my full-time mission I had the opportunity to be a Ward Missionary in my Singles Ward, which was a very unique experience! I was able to become friends with the people in our ward boundaries that were less active or non-members, as well as invite them to fun activities. I was able to get to know their talents, struggles and triumphs and gain a small glimpse of how much God loves them. Each of us truly are miraculous and God truly knows each of us personally. I'm thankful for being able to have the privilege to love and serve those that I came in contact with!