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Hi I'm Melissa

I am a girl on the adventure of my life and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah to two of the most amazing people in the world: my mom and dad. Being active members in the church, they raised me in the Gospel and taught me how to love my savior Jesus Christ. I drifted away from the church for a few years in high school as I struggled to find my identity, but I came back into the fold a few years later. As a result, I can now proudly say that my testimony is MY testimony. I chose to come back to the gospel because it felt like "home" and without it, I felt empty, shallow. The Gospel made me feel whole, alive, and gave me hope. It wasn't three years after returning that my mother passed away. This was a very difficult time in my life, especially as it was the first death I have experienced in my life (all my relatives, including both sets of grandparents, are still alive and healthy). My mom suffered from a terrible disease called Rheumatoid Arthritis, which eventually took her life. She fought for 15 long years, but had a calling to fulfill on the other side and went peacefully. The knowledge of the Gospel and the Atonement of Jesus Christ gave me peace and strength to make it through that hard time. Living the gospel also shines a light when I feel like I'm wandering in the darkness of this world.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my parents are members of the Church, therefore I have grown up in the Gospel my entire life. In ways, that was a very good thing (and I plan to do it with my children) but at the same time, when I was younger I think I took it for granted. I didn't fully understand what it meant to be in Christ's church. I built my testimony based on those of others and in high school when I started to face difficult challenges, my own testimony wavered. But I have since nourished my testimony back to health. Having seen my life without the Gospel, I KNOW I want the Gospel with me for the rest of it! There is a light and a truth that comes with being disciples of Christ. There is also a responsibility. But with that responsibility, if we fulfill to the best of our ability, we will be blessed in more ways than we can possibly imagine. This is why I'm a Mormon... I KNOW that Heavenly Father loves me and wants the best for me. He has placed this Gospel on Earth at this time to help us come closer to Him, for the world right now (as we all know) is in chaos and will only get worse. This Gospel, the true Church of Jesus Christ, provides a solid rock upon which we can stand and remain standing while the world crumbles down around us. And I plan to stay on this sound foundation.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through service. I graduated from college with a degree in community services, helping families in need. When I'm serving others, even if it's calling a friend who I haven't spoken to in a while, I feel the warmth of Christ's love in my life. When I feel the warmth of Christ's love, I want to do more. When I do more, I become someone better. Every opportunity to serve, no matter how small the task may seem to you, is an opportunity for tremendous growth. You never know what that small act of kindness will do for someone. I have a natural tendency to be suspicious of people I don't know. Working in retail and then serving others for so many years has opened my eyes to the realization that underneath the skin, the experiences, and the scars, we are all the same. We all experience love, we all get hurt, we all learn, and we all can grow. Each sunrise is another chance to start again. Setting goals is important to me and knowing I can start again if I make a mistake, helps me keep shooting for the stars. Just like with the Atonement, we always have a new sunrise. We always have the chance to try again and to do a little bit better. And that is what makes trying to live the Gospel a little bit easier.

What is being a Mormon like?

Melissa
Awesome. Absolutely awesome. As soon as you learn about where we came from and how we are all one big family, you begin to see the world differently. You look at a sunset and see a painting. You have compassion on those who are suffering. You want to give to those in need. When you come to accept Christ as your savior, and that Joseph Smith was an amazing prophet who restored vast amounts of truth that had been lost, your life will literally be changed. Show more Show less