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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a redhead, a musician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music! I graduated from college in Music Education focusing on instrumental music. I have been a band geek since junior high. The flute is my main instrument and (through crash courses in college) I also play every other band and orchestra instrument (at least a little). I love to sing and hope to be in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir one day. Family History is one of my hobbies. I visit familysearch.org almost daily as I search for an attach sources to existing records. Indexing is another of my computer-based hobbies. I enjoy hiking, board games, card games, puzzles, and family time. My family goes on at least one vacation a year. Sometimes we camp but the last few years we have stuck to hotels. Our most recent trip was to the Grand Canyon. Some of my favorites have been Mount Rushmore, Washington DC, Glacier National Park, Disneyland, and Arches National Park.

Why I am a Mormon

I like to be happy, even when life is hard and full of trials. The scriptures say "men are that they might have joy" -2 Nephi 2:25 and I find my joy in the gospel. My life is not perfect. For example: I've been looking for a job teaching for over 5 years. When I finally got one the school had to downsize their music program due to buget cuts and that meant cutting me. Sometimes I don't feel good enough sometimes I feel alone. Through the tough times I have learned that I can always pray. That I can always turn to the gospel of Jesus Christ for comfort and direction and every time I do, I find it. I was born into a Mormon family and have attended church my entire life. I continue to do so because I find what I need in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday I get to spend three hours at church. The first hour I listen to talks, partake of the sacrament and think about what I can do to be better. Then I get to go to Sunday School where we discuss the standard works. This year we are studying the Doctrine and Covenants. After Sunday School go with the Young Women. I'm a Mia Maid adviser. The Mia Maids are girls ages 14 and 15. My mother is the first counselor in the Young Women presidency in our ward and over the Mia Maids so we work together. Our ward doesn't have a large number of girls so often we meet together with the other girls (ages 12-18) and take turns teaching them gospel lessons. On Tuesdays we have our young women activities. We do service, work on Personal Progress, play games and sports, and have a lot of fun together. Daily I pray, read scriptures, and strive to do what the Lord would have me do.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

The prophet is chosen by the Lord, Jesus Christ. How do I know? I asked him. The Lord has followed a pattern in choosing prophets in the latter-day church. He has always chosen the president of the quorum of the twelve apostles to be the next prophet, but that is not how we KNOW who it is. We come to know by asking in prayer. The Lord confirms his choice to each of us who ask, in his time and in his way. I know that Thomas S. Monson is his prophet today. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Mormon missions are paid for by the missionary, the missionary's family, and other generous Latter-day Saints. When I served my full-time mission part of the money came from my savings and the rest from my parents. My dad keeps detailed records and from his chart on the fridge the monthly payments for my brother's mission are divided into four parts my brother, Dad, Mom, and Grandma. My Grandma also contributes to the expenses of my cousins who are currently serving. A missionary may also be supported by members of his or her ward. There is a place on our tithing and other offerings slips where we can contribute to the Ward missionary fund. This money is used to support missionaries from our ward. There is also a General missionary fund which goes to missionaries all over the world. In General Conference April 2011, President Monson encouraged anyone who can to make a generous contribution to the General missionary fund. Show more Show less