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Hi I'm Melissa

Daughter of Salvadorians. Disney fanatic. And hoping to be a Pediatric Trauma Surgeon. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to be active. I love to dance and am usually the first and last on the dance floor. I try to play sports as often as I can especially with my family. My parents were born in El Salvador and taught me to embrace being Hispanic. I come from an all girl family and although the drama can be a little much, I wouldn't have it any other way. I plan to be a Trauma surgeon and am currently a certified Medical Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, and Nurse Assistant. I love music, I learned to play the violin and the trumpet and have been teaching myself the piano and the guitar. I love to read and write. I love to bake and to eat! And will be serving in the Washington DC North mission!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised within the church, but I wasn't always very committed. As a little girl I hated waking up early to sit on a bench or chair for 3 hours. Moving from a child to a teenager was a hard transition for me. I was never the girl who wanted to be older than she was, in fact I wanted to stay as little as I could for as long as I could. At age 12 my family and I were told my father had Alzheimer's. I clung to the church begging and praying that the church was true. Throughout the next 8 years I saw the Lords hand in my life, felt his love for my family. Those 8 years were the hardest of my life. I struggled to understand why this disease had touched so close to home. Why the Lord would take my father from me, when I needed him. I came to understand that my fathers disease wasn't the Lords way of punishing us. The Lord didn't want us to suffer it was just a part of the plan the he had for us. I was 17 years old when Alzheimer's took my father's life. I prayed to God for the strength to survive, to continue with faith. I left my heart, soul and mind in the lord's hands and asked him to help me through. My world was turned upside down and I KNOW for a fact that without the Lord at my side I wouldn't have made it to the other side. I know I will see my father again thanks to Jesus Christ who sacrificed his life for mine. I know my Redeemer lives!

How I live my faith

I love the youth what with being one myself, but I love to teach them and give advice. I have been asked to plan many youth activities and it has been stressful at times but so much fun. My last calling was camp director. As Mormons, Young Women go camping every year, to get to know more about each other and the Lord. I was able to plan the camp activities and food etc. alongside other sisters of the church. It has been an amazing blessing getting to serve the youth and be a small stepping stone to get each of them to who they will become.