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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a college musician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am crazy about music. I love to sing. I love to dance. I even play the trumpet! (Yes, I am quite the band nerd.) I was in my high school's marching band, and wouldn't give those years up for the world. Every opportunity I have to participate in music, I take. I'm a Sophomore in college, and still not sure what I'm going to do, but I know it's gonna be great! I can't wait to see what my life has in store, just around the corner.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. My mom was a convert, my dad has ancestry that dates back to the first members of the church. The both served full time missions, met at BYU, and got married in the DC temple. I always thought it would be the same for me. Living on my own was the hardest thing for me to do, and I was swallowed up by life. I fell away, and was lost in the dark for a long while. I finally prayed for some help, and my friends came to the rescue, bringing me back to church, discussing questions I had, the works. I did not feel alone. I felt loved, cherished, and of worth. I finally received a testimony of my own, and I know with out a shadow of a doubt, the Lord will not leave us alone in the dark with no way back. He loves us, and cares for us. I know that each of us has great worth, and that we are children of God. I know Christ is my Redeemer, And I know the gospel is true.

How I live my faith

I am a ward chorister, where every other sunday I get to pick and/or lead the hymns. With my love for music, I fell in love with it the moment they called me to that position. I love sharing my talent! I also go to Institute. There are religious classes for everyone and anyone who wants to lean more about our beliefs. There are also classes on leadership, healthy relationships and marriages, and my favorite one: World religions. A class that focuses on all sorts of religions, from ancient polytheistic religions all the way through to modern branches of christianity. I participate in one of the three choirs, and sometimes sit outside the world religions class to hear it all again. (The class always fills up quickly.) I love going out into the community, but for those who know me, most work I am completely useless. I try my best, but what I really like to do is go to retirement centers and sing for them. Ever christmas, I'll go caroling with a group of friends, or with a choir. The reason I enjoy Institute Choir so much is because we get to sing for the community YEAR ROUND!!! A way to serve using my talents!

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward and branch is a group of people who live in the same area who meet together for worship meetings. Wards are usually bigger than branches. I don't know the difference that well. Stakes are made up of lots of wards and branches in a larger area. For the youth and Young Single Adults, It means at stake dances you meet more people your age outside of your ward. It's a way of organizing groups and bringing people together. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Husband and why can be sealed together forever in the temple. Through His plan, we can be sealed together as families, and live together in eternity. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I like to think that we are absolutely amazing! On a slightly more serious note, we are strong, pure, and strive to live the teachings of the gospel. We do believe that Men and Women are partners, meant to support each other through life. Though we aren't exactly the same, We have the same rights to life and liberty and happiness. We also have most of the same opportunities. Its like Yin and Yang, two halves of a great whole. Different responsibilities, different choices, Same goal in mind, using their different talents to help each other through life. Show more Show less