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Hi I'm Melissa

There is sunshine is my soul today.

About Me

I recently returned home from my mission to Thailand where I served for a year and a half. I grew a lot closer to the Lord in this time of my life and am eager to continue to serve in the church in different capacities. I am now training for my first half-marathon in April and have goals to run a full marathon in September. I also enjoy other forms of exercise, good nutrition and reading good books.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a Latter-Day Saint and have only seen continual blessings come to my family as we apply the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our relationships. I feel a strong need for spiritual substance in my life and feel very fulfilled when filling my time with church activities such as Sunday worship, temple worship, Young Single Adult social activities and my own personal prayer and scripture studies.

How I live my faith

My faith and activity in the church are the essential building blocks to my happiness. As I serve in the church I am able to have more of an eternal perspective in life and see others the way God see's them. My service helps me to be less self absorbed and find joy in the spiritual progression of others. It is said: when you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of God. I have felt God's bounteous blessings in my life as I have applied this principle.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Melissa
Proselyting to the people of Thailand for a year and a half was the greatest experience I have had in my life so far. Not everyone was open or interested to learn the ways in which the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ could bless their lives, but many were and I saw the way their lives improved. We simply offer every individual the opportunity to experience heavenly blessings, and those who exercise their faith enough to receive them do. Our proselyting is done with love for Jesus Christ and his teachings and respect to others beliefs and cultures. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Melissa
Faith, in a broad sense, is a system of beliefs that can not be proven by the 5 senses of sight, sound, touch, hearing or taste. In other words, you can't conduct a scientific experiment to discover your faith. Faith, to me, is an abiding trust that God and Jesus Christ do in fact exist and is confirmed by patterning your life on this trust and seeing results in the form of spiritual blessings. While spiritual blessings can be tangible, they often come in the form of intangible blessings such as confidence in oneself, feelings of peace and happiness, feelings of love and self worth and motivation to live, love and serve others. As these feelings resonate in our hearts, a belief in God becomes a reality and our desire to learn more about Him and His will becomes a priority and our faith grows. Show more Show less