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Hi I'm Melissa Van Horn

I work in Social Services and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I try to breath adventure and creativity into my life. I have worked in two of the most dangerous jobs in the world: as a plane captain on a flight deck and as a tree climber. If someone tells me I can't do something because it is "too hard" or "it's a man's job", I find that I am that much more driven to do it. I am also a very artistic and creative person. I have had a fictional essay published in an international magazine. I create sketches, photography and jewelry. I believe that art (in all of it's forms) help the artist to see the beauty in life that isn't necessarily on the surface.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager and I had converted to the Mormon faith, but fell away from it as neither of my parents were members and my mom forbade to go. I came to a point in my life when I was struggling to define who God was and what it meant to be a Christian. Every single denomination seemed to look at the Bible and interpret it completely differently. All of my friends belonged to one branch of Christianity or another; each one told me that they had the only way to God. A voice inside of me told me to pick up my old set of scriptures and start reading. I began reading the Jospeh SMith History in the Pearl of Great price and almost fell off of my bed. There in chapter 1 between the verses of 11 and 12 was my story: "I was laboring under extreme difficulties caused by the contests of the parties of religionists...for how to act I did not know unless I could get more wisdom than I had, I would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bile." After reading this, I began studying my scriptures and asking God if the LDS church was right. As I did, I received a confirmation...a peace in my spirit and a burning in my chest. Looking back and viewing the state of my family before I returned to the church and after, I can see the effects of heavenly principles. I know without a doubt that I am a member of the one true church.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by serving as many people as I can. I work in social services, bringing the knowledge I have of parenting to those in need of education. I also serve on the Board of my local food bank and the board of local non-profit for disadvantaged youth. I believe that the principles of the gospel aren't meant to separate us from our brothers and sisters that aren't members, but instead are a guideline in how to reach out to and love them. Christ said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another." (John 13:34) Christ's love was a love of sacrifice and service. I believe that our's should be as well.