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Hi I'm Melissa Hart

I'm a college student, pianist, and tennis enthusiast. I love my family, am hopeful for the future, and yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a junior in college studying the English language, editing, and writing. As you can probably guess from that first line, I love to read (good) books. I love being a college student and trying to balance the hectic life of school, work, homework, friends, family, and church. It's not easy (and I hear it only gets harder), but I know that Heavenly Father cares about my life each and every day and I know that He helps me accomplish all that I need to do in order to continue to progress in my life. A few other random facts about me: -My dream job is... well, I'm not sure yet. I have a little bit more experiencing to do before I figure that out, but I'm looking into editing, professional writing, and teaching piano lessons. -I have a love/hate relationship with new experiences. -Putting me on a tennis court always cheers me up. -I served a Spanish-speaking mission in Minnesota (and survived the winter!). -I come from a small town in Wyoming and a wonderful family.

Why I am a Mormon

One of my favorite things about this church is the focus on personal revelation. We are taught that we can develop a personal relationship with Heavenly Father through prayer. We can talk to Him about our day, about our big struggles and little struggles, about our big joys and our little joys, about our weaknesses and our disappointments. We can ask him for help and then know with a surety that He will answer. Through the Holy Ghost, we can be guided to make good decisions--not only moral decisions, but also temporal decisions, such as which job should I take? how can I help my friend who is struggling? where should I live? I know the things I've learned through my religion have helped me recognize and understand the thoughts and feelings the Holy Ghost gives me as I've faced situations such as those. And of course, I've gained a testimony of the basic doctrines of the Church. I have read the Book of Mormon, and I know that it is true scripture. The Holy Ghost has testified to me that Joseph Smith Saw God the Father and Jesus Christ, and through him they restored the same organization that Christ had set up when he lived on the Earth. I know we have a living prophet, a man chosen by God to be the leader of His people, to guide and direct us today. And I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, the One who can take away our sins and sorrows.

How I live my faith

Although it's sometimes difficult for me, I love to get to know people. I believe Heavenly Father has given us a responsibility to love and care for those we know. I'm not nearly perfect at it, but I do try to learn from and help all those around me--roommates, classmates, coworkers--and I have felt a greater sense of happiness and fulfillment as I've done so. I have the opportunity to serve in an LDS temple for a few hours a week, and that has been an incredible experience for me. It's wonderful to take a few hours out of my week and come feel the peace of the temple while I concentrate on helping those who come to the temple have a great experience. I am currently the pianist for my congregation and I love to share my talents and feel the spirit that the hymns bring into our worship.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Melissa Hart
Yes, I really do. The scriptures teach us that God has consistently communicated with His children through prophets, like Moses, Daniel, and Noah. The people in those days also had to have faith that these men taught the truths of God. Today we can also listen to the words and counsel of living prophets of God to find answers to our questions and guidance for our day. It is one of the most wonderful things to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is lead by a living prophet and apostles today. Through their teachings, I have come to know Jesus Christ even better. As I follow their counsel, my life is better. For example, former Prophet Gordan B. Hinckley taught students to have a good perspective about getting an education: "You are all in school. Do not waste your time. This is a time of great opportunity that you will never have again as long as you live. Make the most of it right now. It is wonderfully challenging, it is hard, it is tough. But what a wonderful thing to go and learn of all the accumulated knowledge of all the centuries of time....Yours is the responsibility, and you can’t afford to waste your time. There is so much to learn. Be smart. Give it the very best that you have." The words from prophets and apostles have often cleared away the false beliefs in the world and replaced them with true principles on which I can rely. Show more Show less