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Hi I'm Marisa

I'm a Mormon mom and grandma!

About Me

I've raised seven children, and now I'm helping to raise some of my grandchildren. I went back to school in my forties and got my Bachelor's degree and my teaching license to teach elementary school. I taught one year and did many substitute teaching jobs before settling into helping out with the grands. I recently trained for and ran a half marathon!

Why I am a Mormon

I started out life in a Mormon home, a Utah-born girl who just followed along with her parents and what they did. When I grew to be an adult, however, I found that I took great satisfaction in participating in church services and serving where I was asked to serve. As I studied the life of Jesus Christ and tried to emulate Him, tried to do the things He taught, and prayed about how to do those things, I was given wonderful and even powerful witnesses that He truly is the Savior of the world, my personal Friend and Redeemer. This testimony has come to me in pieces -- here a little, and there a little; momentary or even long-lasting bursts of light inside my mind and heart; burning inside of me; sudden overwhelming tears of joy, etc. I want everyone to know He is my Jesus, that the Book of Mormon is His word and lights my way with the Bible and other scriptures, and that His church has been restored on earth today.

How I live my faith

My days are overflowing with busy things. I do some child care with the grandbabies, and a few days a week my husband and I serve as missionaries for a 12-step addiction recovery program and family support for addicts. He and I also volunteer at a nearby theater that produces Broadway plays, enjoying the interaction with people there. I serve my church leaders by visiting a few ladies in my neighborhood, checking on their needs and well-being once a month. I teach a Sunday School class of adults, which helps me direct my scripture study and keeps my priorities focused. I love doing all these things.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Marisa
My favorite way to think of my Father in Heaven is, "I'm his girl." My earthly father has not always been emotionally or spiritually available to me, so I learned to recognize my Heavenly Father as the perfect one to go to, which I did/do in prayer. I have learned that I can be angry, frustrated, sorrowful, joyful, grateful, or have any emotion, and I can go to him in prayer to share. He hears every time. I have found that when I am still and listen, I will get answers. Sometimes I hear words in my head; sometimes I see images; sometimes it's a hymn; the results vary. Sometimes just a calmness and peace settles over me to help me carry on. I don't always get immediate answers that I'm seeking, but I always get something. He's my Father. Show more Show less