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Hi I'm Melissa Kershaw

I am a wife, an adjusting new mom, a social butterfly, a Mormon.

About Me

My husband, daughter, and I live in Indiana while my husband is going to school. He is going to Purdue, working on his PhD. I am a stay at home mom. I love to set up play dates and I'm always up for any sort of social interaction. It has taken me a little while to adjust to becoming a mom and staying home all the time. It has been a major life change for me, but it is always what I have wanted to do. I have a Bachelors in Family Studies, and an Associates in Musical Theatre Performance. I have worked as a sales associate and seamstress at a bridal shop and that has by far been my favorite job. That job has instilled in me a love for sewing and creating. When I make it a priority to do something that I enjoy, I often find myself at the sewing machine. My one year old keeps me pretty busy but she is the joy of my life! She is so happy, and is a little piece of heaven on earth. We are so blessed to have her as part of our family.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always believed in the Church of Jesus Christ, but there was a time in my life that I really needed to put my whole dependence and life into Gods hands. I was going through a really hard time in my life, and the only way that I could feel good, and at peace is when I turned to the gospel. I felt at peace when I read the Book of Mormon, I felt at peace when I learned more about the Savior, Jesus Christ. I felt at peace when I listened to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, I felt at peace when I listened and studied the living Prophet's words. That is when I really knew that this church is true, because when I turned to anything else besides the gospel, I couldn't feel that comfort that I needed to feel. That only came through truly living what I believed.

How I live my faith

I go to church every week! I am in charge of planning activities for the woman's organization in our congregation. I love going to activities that they put on besides our church services. My husband is in charge of helping new converts in our church feel welcome, and make sure they understand the doctrine. He works very closely with the missionaries serving in our area and I love having them in our home on a regular basis. Every job that we do is volunteer work. I love being able to help in little ways so that the ward (or the congregation) can more effectively function.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Melissa Kershaw
Mormons dress a little different. There is a principle in the church that we try to live by. We call it modesty. We believe that modesty is covering certain parts of our bodies. Our prophet put in plane words: “Immodest clothing includes short shorts and skirts, tight clothing, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and other revealing attire. … Women should wear clothing that covers the shoulder and avoid clothing that is low-cut in the front or the back or revealing in any other manner. … Men should also maintain modesty in their appearance. All should avoid extremes in clothing, appearance, and hairstyle. Always be neat and clean and avoid being sloppy or inappropriately casual in dress, grooming, and manners. Ask yourself, ‘Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lord’s presence?’” when it comes to church attire, we want to dress to show respect for the holy place we are entering, and to respect the things we will be learning. The women are asked to wear dresses or skirts that come down to the knee or longer, and the top should cover their shoulders and not be too low cut. Men are asked to wear a button-up shirt, tie and slacks. If you have a desire to come to church but don't have these things, feel free to come in nice clothing. Show more Show less