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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a college student and an opera singer, with hopes to sing professionally. I'm a sister, daughter, friend, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing opera and to perform on the stage. I had the opportunity to perform professionally this summer in Germany with none other than Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in the role of the Queen of the Night. How exciting that was! I also thoroughly enjoy sewing and creating costumes. I am also an accounting major at the University I attend. It's interesting and gives me a nice back up plan if my Singing plan doesn't work out so well. :) I enjoy reading books, watching anime and discussing the in depth stories of such, drawing, solving crossword puzzles from the New York Times (you know, the super big crosswords!), dressing up in costumes for plays, conventions, (or just for fun ;)), and playing party games with my friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church by my righteous parents. They have always been very strong in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as have their parents, and their parents before them and so on. I have several ancestors that were part of the Mormon pioneers, and reading and hearing their stories really inspires me to do better and become more than I am. I love the fact that we in the Church believe that we are literal sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves us and wants us to return to Him. But at the same time, Heavenly Father cannot force us to follow His plan, choose the right, and return to Him because that would infringe on our Agency to choose. I love how the gospel of Jesus Christ explains to us that Heavenly Father wants us to be happy, and the only way to be truly happy for all eternity is to follow Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. And if it weren't for Jesus, we wouldn't be able to return to our Heavenly Father at all because there would have been no way for us to be forgiven of our sins. The gospel teaches me how to live virtuously and how to make the most out of my life here on the Earth. I don't believe I would be the person I am today without the gospel of Jesus Christ being a large part of my life and what I strive to be. Everyday, I am blessed by the knowledge I have of who I am, where I came from, and what potential lies ahead of me after this life. It is my prayer that through mine and others efforts, we'll be able to help the whole world learn of their worth and come to the knowledge of what great blessings Heavenly Father has in store for them.

How I live my faith

I get such a boost in my life from attending Church meetings and meeting with the other people in my ward. When I was in Germany, I was miles and miles away from the closest Church buildings and it was just not feasible for me to attend church while I was on the school sponsored trip, but I still worshiped on my own. I would read my scriptures, have prayer, sing hymns, and read from the lesson manual that we've been studying with in Sunday School. But I can't express the feeling I felt when I returned to the United States and I was able to attend my ward. Being able to partake of the Sacrament once again was such a blessing to my life! In church, I teach the investigators and new members of the congregation. I LOVE IT!! I love getting to learn about simple gospel truths that really bless your life, and helping people that don't know these things already to come closer to their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. My testimony is strengthened every week by these new people to the Church because they bring such amazing insight into truths that I may have taken for granted. I also am a part of the Institute of Religion. This is a program that is mainly targeted towards college-aged members and teaches more in depth doctrines of the Church. I am also a member of the Young Single Adults program where all of the young singles in my area meet together for Sunday services, classes, activities, and just hanging out. It's so much fun; I am grateful for the opportunity that I have had to meet all of these fun YSA's and become friends with them. In my ethics class, we've been learning about why people make decisions, and I realized that the reason I make decisions is that I was taught from a very early age how to be a good person and follow Jesus and His example. That principle lives within me still, and I strive to always act in a way that Jesus would have me act. I hope that I am able to bless lives and that others will be able to feel the love that Jesus has for them.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Melissa
First of all, you can't know anything unless you seriously study it out. Talk with the missionaries, read the scriptures, and pray to your Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Think about the feelings you have when you talk about the church and the feelings you have when you read the scriptures and attend church meetings. Those feelings mean something. If you do all of those things, you will come to a sense of peace and happiness, and that feeling is the Holy Ghost letting you know that is truly God's Church. Show more Show less