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Hi I'm Melissa.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Several years ago, I left my hometown and moved out of state for a new job. I was single, and It was hard being away from my family and friends. But then I realized the local congregation, or ward, was like an extended family. People cared about me and were interested in what I was doing, and I made news friends. A year or so later, I became very sick. My parents flew in to visit as often as they could, for as long as they could, but they couldn't be with me the entire two months I was ill. I really came to rely on members of the church for emotional support as well as meeting some of my physical needs, such as taking me to the doctor or bringing in dinner when I was unable to cook. I'm healthy now, but the lessons I learned stuck with me. Now I try to do those Christ-like acts of service that were shown to me: befriending the lonely, tending to the sick and serving those who need it.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life. But as a teenager I knew I had to decide for myself whether I really believed what I was being taught. As I thought about the concepts and teachings of the church, I realized it made sense and felt right to me. I believe that Christ lived a perfect life, that he atoned for my sins, and that he will come again. I believe that Joseph Smith Jr. saw God and Jesus Christ, as he said he did. I believe families are an integral unit and that, if we live worthily, we can see our family members and friends after wedie. I believe that we have a prophet on earth today and that miracles still occur. This knowledge didn't come all at once. And I know having this knowledge, and being a member of the church, it doesn't mean I'm perfect. But it gives me hope and the faith to keep going and to keep working hard so I can see my Father in Heaven again.

How I live my faith

I try to be Christ-like and be an example to others -- to live so that if someone hears something bad about Mormons, those who know me can say, "I know a Mormon, and they aren't that way at all."