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Hi I'm Hilma Bellessa

I grew up in a small Utah town in a mountain valley. My ancestors settled the area which made me a fourth generation resident.

About Me

I was born in a small, Mormon, farming community in Utah. At the age of eleven my family moved to Berkeley, California where my father attended University of California to receive his Phd. The move was a huge cultural shock but provided me with the ability to know, have compassion for, and appreciate people of many backgrounds and religions. It enlarged my world views and also helped ground me in my love for my church culture.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in the Mormon faith, at the age of sixteen I decided I needed to know for myself if what I was taught was true. I began prayerfully reading The Book of Mormon every night before I went to bed. As I came near the end of the book, I suddenly was filled with a warmth and peace that caused tears of happiness to flow. I knew then that the book was true and that it would lead me to spiritual peace and safety. As I've traversed some dark and difficult days in my life, this event has given me the courage to keep the faith and to know I had a redeemer who would help me rise above threatening events..even ridicule for my beliefs. I'm thankful for the anchor of my testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

At the present stage of my life I can look back on many years of service in a variety of capacities. I began as a teen leading music for the children's Sunday School. I led the women's group many times, taught young people, presided over the children's instruction and was Young Women's president. Presently my husband and I teach a group of twelve year olds who we love. I still have sweet relationships with the young women I worked with over twenty years ago..who now are in their late thirties and are raising families. I consider these relationships payback for the work and effort put into the callings. I have had many opportunities to do humanitarian work in various parts of the world. We are looking forward to serving a eighteen month mission in the Philippines beginning this summer.