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Hi I'm Melanie

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I love this gospel and my Savior! (See Romans 1:16)

About Me

I just finished my second semestor of college and am now serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was called to serve in the Washington Seattle mission. I love to be outside, ride horses, sing, dance, and many other things. Possibly my favorite hobby is western swing dancing!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon (or in other words), a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know, without a doubt, that it's all true. "I know it, I live it, I love it!!!" I was born to wonderful parents who have strong testimonies and who taught and continue to teach me the gospel. Early in life, I was able to lean on their testimonies, until I gained my own. I think I first gained a real testimony of the gospel when I gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I read it and prayed about it and basically received the answer and confirmation that I already knew that it was true. Since then I've tried my very best to live the gospel and to do what my Heavenly Father and my Savior want me to do. I have a "desire to do good continually". I have a testimony of this gospel and everything that is in it. I am so thankful for my testimony and I wouldn't trade it for anything! It means so much to me. But, I have come to realize that my testimony alone is not enough. I need to be fully converted to the Lord, and that takes constant devotion. As Elder Bednar said, "Testimony is a point of departure, not an ultimate destination... Knowing that the gospel is true, is the essence of a testimony. Consistently being true to the gospel, is the essence of conversion." I think I really started becoming converted when I had a time in my life where I was really struggling and I had to put my trust in Christ and place my burden at His feet. I had to realize that I couldn't do it alone and that I had to rely on my Savior and His Atoning Sacrifice for me. Before that experience, I had known that everyone needs the Atonement in their life, but I guess I hadn't fully grasped what that meant for me until then. Conversion is something that I, along with everyone, have to continually be working on. I know these things are true. I love this gospel and my Savior, and I am so thankful for this. And I say these things in the name of my Lord and Savior, even Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I love being involved with The Church. In high school, I attended my seminary religion classes eventually graduated from the four-year seminary program. In college, I attended my institute religion classes for the two semesters that I was there. I attend church every Sunday. I try to magnify whatever calling I'm called to in the Church. I had the opportunity to teach some youth in my ward when I was only a senior in high school and that was a really good learning experience for me. Then at college, I taught the women of the ward around once a month. Both teaching experiences have helped to prepare me for my mission. While at college I also sometimes visited a few sisters of the ward, bringing them spiritual messages, and trying to check up on them to make sure they were doing well. Now I've been called to serve a mission in Seattle, Washington and I look forward to continuing to serve the Lord and share my faith with others! I pray and read my scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, daily. I strive to live my life so that one day I can be worthy to be married and sealed in one of God's holy temples, for time and all eternity. I also strive to live my life so that when my Savior comes again, I will be able to live with Him and my Heavenly Father for eternity.