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Hi I'm Melody Olvera

I love to do crazy adventurous things, I cultures and dance, I LOVE FOOD, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at BYU. I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I lived a year in Mexico where I learned the one of the greatest lessons on how to be independent and now I am living in Utah where I am learning that it's okay to make mistakes, but to learn from them and make successes. I have a Honduran mother and a Mexican father and three siblings. We honor each of our cultures and we use our musical talents to share with others the beauty of each of these cultures. I love to eat!!! Anything!!! It is one of those things that I give extra special thanks for at night for when I thank God for what I have. I love music and I loveeee to salsa dance. Well.... dance to anything really! I love the power of music and I love to use my musical talents to bring some soul, happiness, feeling etc. into someone else's life. I love my family and my friends and I especially just love to see everyone happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. Some when they hear that they automatically assume that I had my faith forced upon me and I had no other choice then to accept it, and well they couldn't be more wrong. My family has a lot to do with why I am a Mormon, but that is only a fraction as to why I chose to be Mormon. You see, my parents were both converts. To have their conversion stories as a testament to our family of the Gospel is something so precious to me. My mother converted at around 18 years old. The fact that she MADE that choice HERSELF at that age is amazing to me. Here is a woman that knew nothing of the church and all because she searched diligently and found her answer herself she came to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ as truth and because of her decision she became a member of the LDS church. My father on the other hand pretty much grew up in the Church. His whole family converted when he was a young boy. But what is so unique about his story is that although he was a young boy at the time he did everything he could to learn more about the church and be a worthy member and gain his own knowledge and testimony of the Gospel. Now, he is the only member of his family to remain active in the church other than his Father. He had the choice to keep his faith or to let it go like the rest of his family, but because of what he felt and how he felt he knew he needed to remain strong and faithful. Now my conversion story is a bit different. I had all of the resources. I had been taught as a young child the principles and teachings of the Gospel and yet I still hadn't found my own conversion. I felt the Spirit at times, but to me that wasn't enough. I went through some hard trials that really had me question my relationship with God. I grew so far apart from Him. But again through my own effort and prayer I reached out and gave Him my all. I gained my own true testimony of the gospel and I couldn't be more happy.

How I live my faith

All my life, my family has made it a goal to always be involved with giving back. Whether it meant giving service or something as simple as saying hello or helping an elderly person. My father always says yes to anything that he knows will bless someone else's life. And that's how I tend to view anything that has to do with the gospel or anything good really. If someone asks me for help. I say yes. If I am asked to help in a committee. I say yes. If I am called to serve. I say yes. Anything that I know will please my Heavenly Father and help his children, I always strive to say yes. This is just one of the many ways I strive to live my faith. Why you might ask? Why not say no sometimes? Well, I don't want to miss out on any blessing I might receive or that I others might be able to receive through my help. I owe my Father too much to be able to sit back and "let someone else handle it". And it doesn't really have to do with owing either. It's more like I want to make my Father happy. I want Him to know that I am willing to do even the littlest of thing for Him, because I know He would do the same for me. And that is how I strive to live my faith. By being obedient. By doing good. And by striving to be like Him. One of the most important things I have come to understand is that even if I do not do these things and I do the complete opposite. My life is not in jeopardy. It does not make me any less of a person. I know that through repentance and the power of the Atonement I can be forgiven of any imperfectness and any wrongs and that tomorrow is a new day and a new start to take the action to become a better person. So I say yes. I say yes to more blessings. Yes to a happy life and yes to a chance to feel loved, give love, and be loved. Because that is exactly how I feel when I strive to live my faith.