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Hi I'm Melissa Chavez

I'm in college, I'm married, I'm loving life and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am currently going to college (this is my last semester!), and I am majoring in music. My main instrument is the trumpet. I got married to my very best friend in August of 2011 in the Atlanta temple. I was born in Florida, but when I was six my family moved to Georgia, and I lived there until I went out to school and got married. Now my husband and I are living in Rexburg until he finishes school, so we'll be here about another two years. I have one brother who is coming up here to BYU Idaho this fall, and I am very exited to have him here since the rest of our families both live in the south. I love my family very much and I miss them while I am here at school, but I am also very happy up here with my husband. We are love to spend time with our friends up here, we love to play games and just be together. I love to read and draw. I am currently taking a figure drawing class and loving it! And I can't wait until we can have a baby and expand our family. And I love being Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was sealed to my parents in the Atlanta temple when I was just a baby, so as far back as I can remember I have been a member of this church. I always liked going to church, and I always felt that it was good. When I was younger I think I relied more on my parent's testimonies, but like I said I always felt that the church was good and true. When I was a teenager I wanted to really and truly find out for myself if the church was true. So I read my scriptures every day and prayed and studied. I prayed to know if Gordon B. Hinckley (who was the prophet at the time) was a true prophet of God and if the Book of Mormon was true, and if the church was true. Months later I finally got my answer. It wasn't anything earth-shaking, but I remember being at a youth church camp called EFY and watching a video of Gordon B. Hinckley speaking to the youth, and as I watched I could feel his love for Me, Melissa, individually. It was an overpowering feeling of love. And I knew that his love for me came through the savior and that Gordon B. Hinckley was a true prophet of God. I could feel a calm warmth in my heart, spreading to my whole being, letting me know of the truth of this gospel. Since then, my testimony has grown, and is still growing. I know that God lives. I know that he knows each one of us very personally, and that he loves us more that we could possibly imagine. I know that prayer is real, and that it works. If I truly want to know something, I know that I can go to my Heavenly Father and he will answer me. The answer may not come right away, but through study and faith, I know that each of my prayers will be answered. I know that families can be together forever. I have a burning desire to do the best I can so that I will always be able to be with my husband, and the rest of my family. I cannot imagine anything sweeter or more wonderful than always being with them. I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ my sins can be forgiven, and I can become better.

How I live my faith

I have had various callings in the church. I have been in charge of some of the music and I have taught several classes, including young children around the age of six. I try to recognize my faults and become better. I attend the temple to do work for the dead so that they can know the joys of being baptized, being sealed to their families for time and all eternity, and other temple ordinances. I try to help my fellow men and I try to be a light to others. I hope to be able to share this gospel with many people so that they can know the true joy and happiness that can be found through this gospel.