What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Melanie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I work in the healthcare industry and have always had a strong passion for helping others. I come from a very diverse family and was never really able to associate myself with any one religion due to being exposed to so many. My father passed away when I was 14. He was raised Catholic, and before his passing, was a practicing Jehovah's Witness. My mom's side is Jewish, and after my dad's passing, my mom eventually re-married a practicing Muslim. I tried and investigated all of these religions, but never had that satisfaction of feeling happy and whole, or like I belonged. That all changed when I made an abrupt decision that would change the course of my life...

Why I am a Mormon

A lot of people in my life might think that my journey started when I moved to Utah. The truth is, it started long before that, and I truly believe that I have been a member in my heart my whole life, without even knowing it. When I moved here from Los Angeles, I knew one person, my roommate, and the number one question was always,"What brought you to Utah?" I never really had an answer, I didn't even know myself what drove me to pack up my entire life, leave all of my friends and family, and end up here. Little did I know what was in store for me and what was really driving me on that fateful day when I packed up my UHaul. I would always just answer,"I wanted a change." A series of events prompted me to visit my friend that had moved here a couple years prior, 3 weeks later, I left everything I had ever known and was living here for good. It was hard in the beginning, being so alone with nobody to talk to or tell me things would be ok. I cried every night and asked myself,"Why am I here? What have I done? What is there in this life for me?" I will never forget the day when a co worker, who will remain nameless, started talking to me about the gospel. That night forever changed my life, and I know the Lord placed them in my path. We spoke for what seemed like hours that night, I had felt something, a sense of overwhelming happiness and peace, that I have never felt before. I then knew, I was brought here for a reason, and that I did have a purpose, and that I was not alone, nor would I ever be. I have been so blessed with the opportunities that I have had to meet with the missionaries, be baptized and confirmed, and be welcomed with open and loving arms into the homes of members of my newly found family. Words cannot describe the feeling that I have now, and can only pray that others in this world can someday experience what I have been able to. I know now and can testify that this was God's plan for me, that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by always knowing in my heart that God is my heavenly father and I am his daughter. We are all his children, and I strive to be a good example and to share my knowledge with others that need it, as I needed it at that time in my life. As being a new convert, I know that there is still so much for me to learn and gain knowledge of and grow as not only a member, but as a person and a woman. I love going to church, it is the only place I truly feel at peace. I pray and read my scriptures daily. It is important for me to not only pray aloud, but constantly in my heart, and I know my father hears me. He hears all of us, he knows all if us, he knows our name and feels our pain and wants only the best for his children. I always listen and follow promptings of the Holy Ghost, even if they might seem crazy at the time or don't make sense, I know that it is telling me something for a reason, and I have never regretted listening. I have received so many blessings, new friendships, the ability to pray and know that He is listening, and have been blessed to receive my first calling in Young Women's. I have also had the extreme honor and privilege of speaking at a baptism and sharing my testimony several times over in church. I strive every day to be more like unto Christ, and in doing so, know that I will have eternal life with my father and brothers and sisters after we leave our physical bodies here on this earth.