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Hi I'm Shalisse

I'm an Italian-Brazilian-American 23 year old. I'm multi-lingual and I love to learn. Family History changed me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have had the blessing of being born and raised in the Western US to a fantastic family. My roots run deep in the Italian soil and after my great great grandmother and grandfather's families moved to Brazil, many family ties in Italy had been lost. My grandmother converted to the LDS church in Brazil and consequently married an all- American man; the fruit of their marriage brought about my mother who was born in Brazil. My dad served his mission in Taiwan and returned to live, for a few years, following. From a young age I have been enamored by the adventures of travelling and learning new languages which has prompted me to pursue an international business career. I earned an Associates degree in Art and have had many jobs in finance, which I thoroughly love. After living for a few months in Brazil, providing service to the LDS church and visiting relatives, I felt a desire to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nearly a year later, I was called to Italy, the home of my heritage. I grew in my knowledge of my God, the gospel, my worth and others', and my family--I had the blessing of miraculously finding distant relatives in person thanks to family history and the workings of a divine hand. Other blessings from my time in Italy are innumerable. Now returned, I have continued to see the power that comes from understanding who you are and the loved ones who are still very much part of our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have made the choice to be happy and feel peace. I love Jesus Christ and my loving Heavenly Father and I know they love me. I have seen the effects of this world upon those I love and even felt its darkening threat in my life; I know that His gospel is the only way to have clarity and joy. I am a Mormon because this is God's church, restored upon the Earth and I gained that knowledge. It is hard to describe the overwhelming peace and happiness I have experienced through the atonement of our Savior. There is no greater feeling than praying, directly communicating, with God and receiving answer to my very personal questions. I know He loves me. He loves all His children. I struggle at times with anxiety, and when I have felt worried, alone, depressed, or saddened I have so closely felt his love and embrace lifting me and giving me strength I did not know I had. I know He has a plan for me; I am unique and have a purpose on this Earth to fulfill.With Him I can do anything. His plans extend into the eternities: the knowledge that I will be with my family forever is humbling. To know that I can overcome with the Savior is a divine strength. I am Mormon because I asked God which was the truth, and He answered me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in a very personal way: making commitments to the Lord, regularly speaking with Him and reading His word, and most importantly, trusting Him. I serve His children in my community and my ward of members. I serve wonderful women in our church's organization of women by teaching lessons, spending time with them, and helping them in struggles they face. I have previously worked with the youth of the church, supporting them, teaching them lessons about the gospel, and arranging activities. In addition to church service, I have been able to volunteer with youth in the legal system, providing them relief through friendship, and art therapy. I strive to find, get to know, and love my relatives--both living and dead--as it provides power to my life and strengthens eternal bonds that are realized both in this life and after.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Shalisse
We do not worship Joseph Smith, but rather praise him and respect him. We gratefully proclaim him to be a prophet, whom the Lord trusted, to restore Christ's church back upon the Earth today. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Shalisse
A testimony is simply what we know to be true based on experiences and special feelings understood through the Holy Ghost. We believe that this testimony is our anchor in life to keep us strong and immovable in the gospel when things get hard. A testimony consists of a basic knowledge that we have a Heavenly Father who lives and loves us, and that His son, Jesus Christ, suffered the atonement for us and that He lives. We testify of our knowledge that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that He restored Christ's church upon the Earth today and that it is true. We bear witness of other gospel principles that have had meaning in our lives. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Shalisse
When Christ lived upon the earth, He established His church. However, after Christ's atoning sacrifice and ascension into heaven, his apostles carried his work under His direction but soon died or were killed. The faithful followers did their best to uphold the truths they had learned but with time, basic truths were interpreted and understood differently. These changes continued and many things were lost; this time was known as The Great Apostasy. This Apostasy was indeed prophesied to happen as read in Thessalonians 2:1-3.The Lord's church no longer functioned as Christ had established it. You see, ordinances were changed, plain and simple truths lost, the Lord took away the priesthood authority, and the Original church became lost. There needed to be a restoration of "all things" . There were still wonderful people and pieces of the truth but not "all". And so, as prophesied by the Apostle Peter (Acts 3:19-21) there was to be a restitution before Christ's Second Coming: a Restoration of the Gospel. Christ entrusted Joseph Smith, at the right time, in the right place, to see God in a glorious vision and bring about the restored blessings, priesthood, and church upon the Earth again. Christ reorganized his church and guided His people to revealed truths, which had been taken from the earth for a time. We need God, and God needs us, to perform our specific purposes upon this Earth! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Shalisse
The Holy Bible is a witness and recording of Jesus Christ and his prophets of Old. This sacred book allows us to look and listen to the words of prophets proclaiming the teachings and divinity of our Savior. Our church is centered on the Savior, our Lord, and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. There is power in the bible and what we can gain from reading the words of the Lord. The historical accounts in the Holy Bible span from the time of Adam through the death of the apostles, recounting the valiant lives of prophets and peoples that lived in early times of the world! How wonderful it is to have such history and spiritual edification through the lives of others! The Old and New Testament of the Bible certainly expand our abilities, especially when studied alongside The Book of Mormon- another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less