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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!

About Me

Hello! My name is Melissa. A Graduate from Brigham Young University Hawaii. Avid lover of languages, food, books, music, and learning! I graduated in TESOL Education with a minor in Japanese. I am the 2nd oldest of four. I was born in Utah but lived most of my life in Washington. Currently I am serving as a missionary in the Japan Fukuoka area! Serving as a missionary has been the best decision I have ever made in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been born and raised as a member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My parents were married and sealed in the Logan Utah temple. For my whole life I have been raised on the teachings and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That doesn't mean I didn't have to find my own testimony. In my teenage years, I was tested and tried in my meager testimony. However, as I have diligently read the holy scriptures (New Testament, Old Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price), attended my church meetings, and in prayer that I have felt the Holy Spirit testify of the truthfulness of the gospel. After that, I have stayed active in my callings and responsibilities in the church. I have never needed to look back. The Lord has lead me as the good Shepard and continually guides me to seek after what will bring fulfilling happiness. I do not need to look else where for happiness and truth when it is abundantly found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

Each day I immerse myself in reading the scriptures. Then I go out and live the principles that I have been taught. I make it a priority to be active in the singles ward at home where I attend Sunday Services, Family Home Evening, and Institute with others my age. Being with Latter-Day Saints makes it easy to live my faith. I can participate in wholesome activities and not have to worry about having to worry about others smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, or using foul language. That doesn't mean I don't have friends in other faiths. I have found that you can be friends with anyone as willing as they are willing to respect your standards and you respect theirs. There are many good wholesome people in this world who are not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ. But I support them in their wholesome living. I attempt each day to live more Christlike and be a friend to all. However I know how short I fall from the standard I set for myself so I am always reflecting and trying to make amends. This life is a journey and a preparatory state for us to exercise our agency to make good decisions that will bring us closer to our Savior and Jesus Christ. When we fall short of the standard the atonement of Jesus Christ is given to us that as long as we repent we can be forgiven and cleansed of our sins. Each day is a challenge, but I find with the gospel of Jesus Christ and the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit, I can overcome all obstacles set before me. That is how I live my faith, each day taking one step closer to my Savior.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

What I like best about church is the fact that no one is paid for their service. One of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon states that `Salvation is Free` so why should someone be paid for bringing the salvation, everlasting happiness and joy of others? In Church, with no one paid to serve, you can see how service brings more blessings and helps people to become more like Christ. More loving, more giving of their time and talents, more aware of other`s needs. In that case the benefit that comes through selfless service outweighs any financial benefit that can be received. And all the building costs and upkeeping costs of churches are paid through the member:s tithing funds. In that way there is a selfless service that goes on at church. That is the most important. Those who work for money will not have that confidence or reassurance! Show more Show less