I was super excited about getting my pictures taken by one of my favorite photographers Katelyn Crompton. She is one of my favorite people and is such a talented photographer! You can check out her Facebook page here.
I had a really cool experience that was totally a tender mercy from the Lord. When Katelyn and I had finished taking pictures on the grounds of the Rexburg Idaho Temple we were on our way to the car. As we were walking I was two couples walking towards the Temple, I recognized one of the women and it turned out to be one of my church leaders when I was around 12 years old! It was so cool to see her and catch up! Then right when I was telling her that I was going to serve a mission in Riverside California, a girl was walking by and said she had gotten home from the same mission a month ago! The timing of that couldn’t be more perfect. I got the girl’s number so that I could talk to here about the mission. In a way I felt like it was a Heavenly Father telling me that following his path will always bring His tender blessings.
The day I got my mission call was really hectic. I remember going to class and coming home to eat some breakfast and watch the episode of the Walking Dead I missed the night before. I remember sitting there and thinking I should check the mail right now, so I finished watching the episode and casually walked to the mailbox and there it was! I ran into my apartment and told my roommates. I was crying like crazy and trying to call my family members. I was just so happy. I opened my call that night with a bunch of people I loved around me. My amazing friend Katelyn took these amazing pics! Like her Facebook page for some more great pics here.
My call was long awaited. It had been a year from the time I decided to go on a mission! Just like most mormon kids I was hoping to get set somewhere crazy like the middle of Africa but I wasn’t disappointed with my call to stay in America because I know its where I needed to go! Out of everywhere in the United States, California would have been my first choice. It also turned out that I had a ton of friends that live really close to where I would be serving which made me really happy.
I was also able to go the following weekend with two of my roommates to San Diego which was cool because the way we went made us drive through my mission which was just mind blowing! I can’t wait to go!
Around January of last year I was a senior in high school, trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life the coming year. I had no idea as to which college I should go to and a mission wasn’t something I wanted to consider. So I just had a couple different schools I was going to apply to, knowing that my parents really wanted me to attend BYU Idaho. I didn’t want to go on a mission but I knew I had to figure out what the Lord wanted me to do.
So one night I prayed for direction in my life, keeping a mission in the back of my mind. I then opened up the Book of Mormon to where I had left off in the book of Alma and I wish I knew the exact scripture I read but it made it clear to me that going on a mission is what I needed to do. I also found a quote on Pinterest that made me truly commit to becoming worthy and having my mind set on the straight path that would lead me to going on a mission. After I made that decision, the idea of serving the Lord excited me and I couldn’t get it off my mind.
If it weren’t for sister missionaries I wouldn’t be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My dad was taught by sister missionaries, as well as my mom’s parents. I have such a strong and personal testimony of the gospel that I just want everyone to get a feel the amazing comfort and knowledge the gosepel gives. I want people to feel the love that the lord has for them.
I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My mother’s family were converts right before she was born and my father became a member when he was 18 . When I was a child, I didn’t have a testimony of the gospel. I grew up mormon and I didn’t necessarily want to be because it made me different. I went along with it anyway, since that’s what my parents wanted of me. I didn’t have any “proof” that there was a God and that he even knew who I was.
When I was around the age of 14, I had an experience that completely changed me. I had gone to a camp called EFY(Especially For Youth) with one of my good friends Taylor, at BYU. One night as I knelt on my bed to pray, I remembered a lesson that had been taught that day. In that lesson, we were asked to pray so that we could find out for ourselves if the Book of Mormon was true or not. So with a humble heart I prayed to know. Tears started streaming down my face, but I didn’t feel sad or anything I actually felt calm. The next day during our scripture study part of the day I had opened my scriptures to Doctrine and Covenants 6:22 which says ” Verily, Verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast you mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things.” That scripture made me realize that the spirit had testified to me that the Book of Mormon was true. This tender experience helped me come to a full realization that I truly am a daughter of God and that he knows and loves me.
After that I had a lot of different experiences that have helped me to gain a testimony of different things taught in the gospel but I think that this one opened the door to the others.
My full name is Samantha Ashley Meza and I was born on March 2, 1996 and raised right outside of my favorite city in the world Chicago!I was also raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which has been the greatest blessing in me and my family’s life. I’m the oldest of three girls and my dad grew up in Ecuador. My parents met at BYU Idaho which is where I attended my first year of College. So that’s just a little bit about me to kick start this blog!