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Hi I'm Melissa

I've lived in the U.S. and Europe and have travelled the globe. I hope to be an author/illustrator/artist one day. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student majoring in Creative Writing, minoring in Art and French. Writing and drawing have always been two of my favorite hobbies, along with singing, reading and exploring new places. My dad's job has taken us all over the world and thus we have explored many countries and been blessed with learning their rich histories and seeing their natural beauty. I have lived in many States as well as France and Switzerland where we stayed for a total of ten years, after which I went off to University.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into this Church it has been my own choice to continue as a faithful and constant member. I have chosen this path for many reasons. I have chosen this life because of how close it lets me feel to my Heavenly Father and for the peace it brings to my life. I have noticed that when I stray from Christ's teachings I feel a weight, the weight of making the wrong choices or allowing myself to be influenced by Satan. It is an uncomfortable feeling, one that causes self-loathing and anger. But, I have noticed that each time I turn back towards the Savior, those feelings can be swept away if I'll let them. True and lasting happiness are found when doing what is right and following the commandments. Thanks to this knowledge, I have become converted, gradually, and have seen the power of the Atonement at work in my heart. The Atonement is real and is waiting for each of us to be wrapped in its forgiving arms. What I feel when I repent and once again invite God's spirit to be with me is incomparable and unmistakable. Our eldest brother, Jesus Christ, did sacrifice himself so that we could feel the unmistakable love and forgiveness if only we will humble ourselves and let Him in. I know my Savior lives and that He and God have restored their Gospel to the earth through Joseph Smith the prophet. I know this church is the true church of Christ, and that He is at the head of it. I love this Gospel and cannot imagine my life without it; it has made me who I am, He has made me who I am. I am proud to stand as a witness of God and His son every day of my life and I strive to live worthy of being such.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed to have multiple callings/ duties in the LDS Church. When I lived in Switzerland I was called to translate from French to English, and on occasion the other way around, for English speakers who hadn't yet learned the language. When I moved back to the States I was given the opportunity to direct the music during church and church activities as well as serve as the president of the women in my local building. Currently, I am called as a Sunday school teacher for seven and eight-year-olds. In less than one month I will be blessed with the amazing opportunity to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, sharing the Gospel and teaching people about our merciful and loving Savior and our caring Father in Heaven. I look forward to this eighteen month experience and the gift of being an instrument in God's hands to help him bring his lost sheep home.

What is being a Mormon like?

Melissa
Being a Mormon isn't easy. But since when has God told us to not work hard? Being a Mormon means self discipline in following the guidelines and commandments of God. He is our loving Father who possesses a love for each person on Earth more powerful and deep than we can ever imagine, which is why He gives us commandments and guidelines, to save us from the pain and sorrow and consequences of wrong/unwise choices. He does not command just because He can. I've learned this truth through the wrong choices I have made. When I choose to do something I know I shouldn't, I feel the need to hide them, to not let anyone know, and always I beat myself up for it afterwards, hating myself and wishing for a time machine. But, like I said before, we have a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to feel true joy and happiness, which is why He gave us a means to repent of our wrongdoings and continue with a clean slate. Repentance is a strong and perfect tool to bring us closer to God and closer to being worthy to live with Him forever in His kingdom. I believe, without the shadow of a doubt, that we can all live with God again if we will only live worthily, and being a member of this church has taught me to work my hardest. I am relieved to say that I have strived to work hard even when I was bullied and made an outcast in school because of my religion and my nationality. I will always strive to work hard no matter what life throws at me. Being a Mormon is never easy and I'm glad it isn't. Show more Show less