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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a college student. I'm a traveler. I'm a future missionary. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the beautifully lush state of Oregon. I'm the fourth out of six kids (3 boys and 3 girls) and I love to spend time with them because they have become very important friends to me. Growing up, sports and being active were huge for me. I especially loved competition. Track was my thing. Hurdles, triple jump and pole vault were my favorite. I then started reading more into nutrition and got very into living a healthy lifestyle. Along with that has come my love for cooking and (the not so healthy) baking. My parents forced all of us kids to take piano lessons growing up until the age of 18 so music is another aspect that has made me who I am. Though I would much rather sing or dance to it than actually play an instrument. This past year, I began college at the home of the cougars, Brigham Young University. It was a year where I have grown more than ever before and learned more about myself. I discovered that I have a true love for business and want to major in Finance. Of course, a description of me wouldn't be complete without talking about my faith. My parents and all of my extended family are LDS so I was raised in this gospel. However, I gained a testimony of the church through my own seeking and desire to know the truth. I wish I could recount a story where all of a sudden the heavens opened and Jesus came down and told me this church was true and would bring me ultimate happiness, but it came in gradual, yet powerful, stages.

Why I am a Mormon

This is a really overwhelming question. There are so many reasons I am mormon but it boils down to that I know that this church is the true church of God and I love him. It is probably one of the only things that I am absolutely sure of in my life. It feels familiar to me and not just because I was raised in it, something about myself has always felt like I knew this gospel was something I had heard before. We believe that we lived before this earth in heaven and will live again after this life on earth. I know that this was the gospel that Christ taught when he lived on earth and that the prophet Joseph Smith restored that same gospel. . I've believed it my whole life but I now I know it, as if it was a clear fact. The spirit testified it unto me. That is what I love about this gospel. We don't just preach doctrine and then ask you to believe it because we say so. At the end of the Book of Mormon, Moroni promises that after reading these things, if you ask with real sincerity, you will know the truth of it by the Holy Ghost. We want each person to find for themselves if it's true. And I have taken that promise. I've prayed for myself, really desiring to know if the church I had been raised in was true. I felt something that testified to me that it was the truth and I knew I couldn't deny that feeling. That is why I am a mormon.

How I live my faith

To live my faith means to follow what commandments God has given us. At BYU, I was called to be an FHE mom, which basically means I was the one in charge of organizing activities for a small group of people and making a small group of college kids feel loved. Serving others and loving them is another way that I try to live my faith. Living unselfishly and being obedient to God's commands are all things that would be classified as living my faith. However, I am not at all perfect in these subjects. It can really frustrate me that I'm not until I realize that I don't have to be. That is the reason for the atonement of Jesus Christ. He suffered so that I could have the chance to try and try again and have the opportunity to come return and live with him after this mortal experience. Living my faith is more than just doing something everyday, it's becoming someone. It's developing attributes in yourself that put you more in-line with what you know to be right. I am now serving a mission to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in Brazil. The spirit of Christ is what touches the hearts of people and reveals the truth. As a girl, missionary service is not expected of us and so I didn't think much of service. However, when the famous age change occurred last October, after much contemplation, I realized that I want to share this gospel, my source of strength, truth, and happiness with everyone! I LOVE IT!

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. In fact no one is required to serve a mission at all. It is expected that all worthy males serve a mission but they are completely voluntary. For females it is encouraged but not expected like it is for males to serve. Show more Show less