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Hi I'm Melissa Anne Randall

I am a Mormon and love the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.

About Me

My name is Melissa Randall, and I am a Mormon. I come from a big family and love to dance, sing, act, play the piano, write songs, and spend time with friends. I attend Brigham Young University and am studying communications and ballroom dance. Although I was born in Utah, I was raised in Minnesota where few members of the LDS faith live. I grew up with a knowledge of the principles and ordinances of the gospel, and I was blessed to be raised into a family that centered their lives around the Lord's teachings. In fact, my parents met when they both served as full-time missionaries in the Missouri Independence Mission. After ten years of being in Minnesota, I moved back to Utah with my family, and suddenly being surrounded by basically only LDS Caucasians was a big culture shock. Because of the area I lived in, I haven't had many encounters with non-Mormons, and I have therefore not had much practice starting from ground zero and introducing the gospel to others. However, the experience of growing up in Minnesota among multiple cultures and religions, in addition to having the chance to share my testimony and information about my religion, helped me as I served a full-time mission in the Dominican Republic. I am so excited to be serving the Lord every day and sharing His word with the world!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in the Lord's glorious, restored gospel and the importance of living it--not because my parents force me to or because I feel pressured from anybody, but because I want to. I love the peace, happiness, and all kinds of blessings that come from the Holy Ghost through daily striving to keep the commandments of God. Contrary to what some non-LDS believe about our faith, the gospel of Jesus Christ is not restrictive; in fact, it is quite the opposite--it's liberating, it provides freedom, and, above all, it provides happiness. The Lord has provided us with agency (the ability to choose), and because we can make decisions for ourselves, He knows that we will not always make wise or correct choices. He does not expect us to be perfect--no one who has or ever will live on this earth, with the exception of Jesus Christ, is perfect. Because Christ atoned for our sins and died for us, we have the ability to repent of our mistakes and have the chance to learn and grow, in addition to having the potential to live with God again, and that is simply amazing. Without the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, I would be in a much darker place in my life. Without the knowledge of the gospel, I would feel hopeless. It provides so much hope and joy; it is the answer to all philosophical questions about why we're here on this earth, who we are, and what happens to us after this life. Because of the gospel, and through the witness of the Spirit, I know who I truly am: a daughter of God. I understand my place in this world. I know that my Redeemer lives and that He died to save us all. I know that through Him, all things are made possible, and that through diligence in keeping His commandments, we can live with Him again.

How I live my faith

I live every day knowing without a doubt that everything happens for a reason. Any little thing that occurs--whether it be good or bad--and every major thing that happens, I know that my Heavenly Father is aware of it. That is why I am never mad at God; I believe that there is something to be gained and/or learned from every experience in my life. Sharing my knowledge of the gospel and my testimony with others brings me such great joy; I love discussing aspects and topics of the Church with members, and it's so fun for me to teach someone who has never really known anything about the Church before. That's the reason why I was absolutely thrilled to be called as a Gospel Doctrine teacher in my [freshman] ward--the feelings I have when I teach about the gospel can't be compared to anything else. I live each day knowing that my Father in Heaven is watching over me, protecting me, and guiding me. I want to do my best here on this earth and live righteously enough that I can return to live with Him, His Son, Jesus Christ, and my family for eternity.

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