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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a Mormon, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend.

About Me

I was born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. I grew up in Roy, Utah and have never moved very far away. The furthest I have ever been from home (thanks to a business trip) is Maine. I met my husband while working for a local grocery store--I worked in the bakery, he worked in the meat department. Three years after we met and six months after he returned from his mission, we were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. My husband and I wanted kids soon after we were married but we didn't get what we wanted. Six years after we were married we welcomed our daughter into our home. We now have two kids. Our daughter is 5 going on 30 and our son is 2 going on 3. I love watching them learn and grow. While they quite often try my patience, I am grateful for every minute I am blessed to spend with them. I have an associates degree from WSU and am a licensed pharmacy technician. In my spare time I like to cross stitch.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I've read the Book of Mormon several times. I can tell a difference within me when I start consistently reading it every day compared to when I only occasionally read it. I have taken Moroni's challenge and can testify that it is a true book. I've studied other religions and none of them make sense except for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sure, each may have some partial truths, but no other church has the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness. A close relative once said to me that it seemed that I and my husband didn't get a day off because we had to go to church on Sunday. I don't feel that way. I don't go to church because I have to as some make it seem. I do have to go but not because of the reasons they think. I want to go to church. I go to church to worship my Savior Jesus Christ and my Father in Heaven. I go to church to renew my baptismal covenants by partaking of the sacrament each week. I go to church to serve. I love my callings. I love teaching Relief Society and using my talent of playing the piano to help bring sacred music to the kids of the ward. I go to church to receive peace, to strengthen my testimony, and to grow closer to Jesus Christ who is the author of my salvation. I have a testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel and the church. Joseph Smith did see God the Father and Jesus Christ. The angel Moroni gave the Plates of Brass to Joseph Smith from which the Book of Mormon was translated. Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. He truly suffered for my sins in the garden of Gethsemane so that I could repent and return to live with Him and the Father. He died on the cross that I might live again. I am so thankful that I know the plan of salvation. I know where I came from and I now where I am going. There is great peace and comfort in this knowledge. No peace the world could ever offer.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church every Sunday. I teach a lesson every second Sunday to the adult sisters in the ward. I play the piano for the kids in the Primary. I follow the word of wisdom. I don't smoke or drink alcohol or coffee or tea; I try to eat healthy and exercise. I pay my tithing. I read good books and listen to uplifting music. I attend the temple when I can. I am working on being a better visiting teacher and neighbor. I read the scriptures every day on the train on my way to work. I pray; both personally and with my family and my husband. I try to have Family Home Evening. I share my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and this church.