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Hi I'm Melissa.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, name is Melissa. I recently graduated from college, receiving my Bachelor's Degree in history and a minor in editing. I find grammar and anything old inherently fascinating, and I love being a student. I am newly married and I love it. I love doing activities outdoors, especially running, hiking, and playing soccer. The most important things in my life are the gospel of Jesus Christ and my family. I love spending time with people and get a kick out of helping them. I love traveling, and I studied abroad in London, England. I served a mission for the Mormon Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I am 5'1", I love dark chocolate and potatoes, and I am a Mormon.   

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are Mormon, and they raised me within the Church. While their influence and faith have had a profound effect on me, that is not why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I have had a personal witness from God that his church has been restored to the earth as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I was 12 years old, a church leader of mine challenged me to read the scriptures on my own every day. I took that challenge to heart and decided to read the Book of Mormon daily. I determined that I would read the book cover-to-cover. After a few months of daily scripture study, I came to the end of the Book of Mormon. I wanted to test out the promise contained therein "Ask God . . . if these things are not true and . . . he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost" Moroni 104. I got onto my knees multiple times in prayer, asking God if the Book of Mormon were true. I expected a very clear, obvious answer--an overwhelming feeling, a voice, etc. Instead, each time that I prayed, I had a simple, subtle thought come into my mind "Melissa, why are you asking me? You already know it is true." It took me praying several times before I recognized the quiet thought as inspiration from the Lord, but eventually I did. I had my answer. Pondering on that answer, I realized that I did indeed already know that the Book of Mormon was true. I had seen its power bless and unify my family growing up. I had felt more peace, more confidence, and more security when I read it. It gave me assurance that God and Jesus Christ live and love me. It helped me come to know myself better. All of these benefits were quiet testimonies of its truthfulness--it just took me a while to realize all of the answers that God had already given me. Because I received a witness that the Book of Mormon is true, I know that it was translated by the power of God given to Joseph Smith. I know that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet of God to restore the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth once more. I know that the church which he established, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I know we have a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who speaks for God today. This is why I am a Mormon.  

How I live my faith

For me, living the gospel of Jesus Christ begins with belief, or faith. This belief motivates me to do good works—works such as striving to keep God’s commandments and to serve those around me. Works that help me live my faith include daily personal and family scripture study, daily personal and family prayer, regular family meetings and activities, attendance to church meetings every Sunday, participation in church activities during the week, and service within and without the Church. Within the Church, my husband and I currently serve in the nursery, taking care of and teaching two-year-olds. We love it! I also have the privilege—as do all women in the Church—of being able to regularly visit other sisters in hopes of assisting them and meeting their needs. As a Mormon, I do all of these things because I believe that acting in accordance with God’s will helps me to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming more like Him and His Son, Jesus Christ.