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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a law student, a football fanatic, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family, college football, documentaries, good books, French, my dog, and Mexican food. Especially the Mexican food. I got my bachelor’s degree in theatre and dance, but am now in law school.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of how happy it makes me. I find great peace in what the gospel about the plan God has for us; that we are all His children and that He has prepared a way for us to return to Him through our Savior Jesus Christ. My problems and difficulties are easier to accept and endure because I know they have a purpose and that they can be overcome through the Christ's Atonement. I don't understand everything about this life or have answers to every question I have. But I know who I am, why I'm here and what my purpose to this life is thanks to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Every Mormon goes through a personal process to arrive at knowing that the gospel is true. My pursuit has been a lifelong one; a series of personal, sacred and very real experiences that have let me know that God is there and loves me, that His Son Jesus Christ is my Redeemer, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. This knowing has bright light, clarity and joy into my life.

How I live my faith

There are a lot of negative influences on adults my age, living my faith give me the strength I need in life. Sometimes it involves sacrifice, like not working on Sundays, but they don’t feel like sacrifices because of the blessings I receive. For me a big part of living my faith, and being a good Christian, is service. The Book of Mormon teaches that “when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2:17). One opportunity I have to serve is by working with other young, single adults in my area, especially those struggling with their own faith. I find that by being a friend and sharing my own experience living the gospel, not only are they helped, but I grow too and become a little more like Jesus Christ.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

I feel that my womanhood is appreciated nowhere as much as it is in the church. The gospel teaches that women are daughters of God with divine roles and capacities. Within the church, I have learned what that means and have had opportunities to develop my divine qualities in leadership roles and in Relief Society, the women's organization in the church. I am incredible grateful for the power of the priesthood and for the men who live lives worthy of it. Show more Show less