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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a music teacher, a volunteer, and a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am living my dream life--just what I imagined as an 11 year old! I teach piano and flute lessons and I am wife and mom of five. About 20 years ago, I was able to go to college, where I met my husband and I graduated with an English degree. I never imagined life though as a mom of all boys, including a set of twins and that life as an adult is not just cooking cookies and reading stories although I do that!. I do a lot during the days: exercising, going to the library, reading those library books, volunteering at my children's schools and serving on the PTA (Parent Teacher Organization), serving as president of my local chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs, along with the service I am able to do with the local women at church. Plus the normal life things like laundry, shopping and cleaning and cooking!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both Mormons and I was taught my faith by them. However, just like anything in life I had to decide for myself how I felt about what I was taught. My parents always taught that we have choices and we could know for ourselves the truth of what we were taught. I learned about my friends' churches and even attended a non-denominational Bible School too. While I never chose a different church, I was educated about other churches too. I enjoyed the truths they taught and some of the songs we didn't sing! I felt the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints taught me more about who I am and were I came from and about Heavenly Father's plan for life. I grew up in the Air Force. We moved several times when I was little. I always found so much comfort that first Sunday in a new town when we went to church and the teaching were the same everywhere we went. The people, though new to us, were always friendly and felt like instant family. We never had to search for a church that matched our beliefs because our beliefs are the foundation for every congregation. I love being taught that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father that loves me, whether I lived in Idaho, Texas or Germany. I truly am His spirit child and I lived with him before I came to this earth to gain a body. I believe that our prophet is a living prophet for the whole world, not just the United States. I enjoyed seeing the love church members had for the prophet when I lived in Germany. We are instantly bonded together in our love for Jesus Christ also. We have the same goals of living His teachings and helping each other through this life.

How I live my faith

On my eighth birthday my parents bought a piano with a bonus my dad had received for re-enlisting in the Air Force. I was so excited! I had wanted to learn to play the piano for years and my biggest goal was to play in church. After a couple years of lessons, I wanted to be able to play the organ too. My grandma played the organ in church and that was so neat to me! My piano teacher told me it was hard. I had to learn how to play all of the songs in the hymnbook first. So I was determined to do just that! In high school I started serving as an organist at church. It was scary, but there was no one else that could do it at that time. In our church, the organist are not paid. I still wanted to be a good organists though. I continued with organ lessons through out college too. I feel blessed the Lord has given me the talent and desire to make our Sunday meetings a reverent experience through the music, so I've always been willing to play at church. I am currently the organist for the congregation I attend. I also serve in the women's organization. It is such an honor to be involved with a fabulous group of woman. I help with the organization and planning of the meetings we hold during the weekdays for the woman of our congregation. We meet as sisters to learn skills that can help us with home organization, cooking, family togetherness, finances, food preservation, our spiritual growth--just to name a few. Sometimes we just work together and serve others by making quilts, hygiene kits or school kits that are sent through out the world where they are needed. We lift each other up through the hardships of daily living when we get together! I love being with my spiritual sisters. They give me strength!

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mormons are very family oriented. My husband, Lance, and I spend a lot of our energies on our family. We believe that families are the foundation of society. So good strong families create a good, strong society. Children learn the values they will live through out their lives in their home. We want to our children to value being honest, loving, hard working and kind. We also want them to know that home is a safe place to be where they are loved. One way we do this is by having dinner together as a family. Shortly after our oldest son was born, Lance started graduate school at Michigan State University. We decided then that eating dinner together was important to our family. So Lance would always come home from the lab or studying to eat dinner with us. I never minded if he went back afterwards, but he took the time to be home for dinner. This habit has lasted for 15 years, through graduate school to the workweeks that were 60-80 hours. I love sitting around the table with my children. This is where we learn about the events of the day, crushes, plans, and our children’s friends. We’ve endured children climbing on the table with the food as toddlers and many spilled cups of milk and some broken dishes. Sometimes it would be easier to just eat around the TV--occasionally that is our dinner event--but sitting down and passing the food leads to better family time. Show more Show less