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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a native Oregonian, wife, mom, lover of dance and, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for seven years and have a four year old daughter. I grew up dancing. My favorite styles are Jazz, Tap, and Polynesian. I love spending time with my family and watching my daughter learn and grow.

Why I am a Mormon

My family went to a local Christian church off and on until I was around 10 years old. I grew up with knowledge of Christ and The Bible, but didn't truly know what it was all about. My parents taught me to have morals and values, and I feel they raised me to someday join the Church even if they didn’t know it at the time. Around my sophomore year of high school I became curious about religion. I started reading the Bible my parents had in the house, and asked friends what their churches were all about. I did a little at a time not really knowing why I was thinking about religion or what I was looking for. My junior year I was on the cheerleading squad and became friends with our new coach and a few girls on the squad. They were really nice to me and I felt drawn to them. I also started dating a guy in one of my classes. I soon came to find out that my coach, new friends, and boyfriend were all members of the LDS Church. I had another friend who went to a large Christian church in the area, I had gone with her a few times to some youth programs they had. While there I had not found what I was looking for, even though I didn’t know what that was. So after about a year of dating, my boyfriend gave me The Book of Mormon with his testimony written on the inside cover. He said the book is what set apart his church from every other church out there and that he knew it was scripture. I was curious about what the book said so I started reading it. I read a little bit each day and had soon finished the entire book. He taught me about the order of prayer and read Moroni 10:4 with me which says, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” I started praying every night to know if the book was true or not. I did receive a witness of its truth! I got to the point where I was asking myself, “Why are you asking if it’s true, you know it’s true you don’t need to ask anymore.” That’s when I knew it was time to make a decision. I knew the Book of Mormon was true, which meant Joseph Smith was a prophet, which meant the Church was true. I knew that if I denied it’s truthfulness I would be denying my Heavenly Father and I could not do that. So I told my parents that I wanted to join the Church. They were hesitant at first, but said they would support any decision I made. When I told my LDS friends I wanted to be baptized they said I needed to meet with the missionaries first. I took the missionary discussions and was baptized! My parents were very supportive and came to my baptism. I am so grateful for the promptings of the Spirit and that I was in tune enough to follow those promptings!

How I live my faith

I serve in my ward as the secretary to the Young Women's presidency. It's wonderful to work with these teenage girls and see them grow into strong, smart, compassionate, happy, well rounded women. I also enjoy visiting with other women in the ward each month by serving them and strengthening friendships.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Today the Prophet of the Church is Thomas S. Monson. You can learn more about him at www.thomassmonson.org. Show more Show less