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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a Ph.D. in English Literature and teach university students. I love to read and believe that literature can be healing, empowering, and can help us understand unfamiliar points of view. I am single but I treasure the experience of being an aunt.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have "experimented" on the teachings of the Church and know for myself that following them brings me peace, perspective, and an assurance that my choices are leading me to become a better person.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others. My opportunities for service in the Church have taught me a lot about how the Church is run and organized and how the Lord works through individuals to increase their capacity and knowledge and to bless the lives of the people they serve. I've learned the most as I have served as a teacher. I have worked in our women's organization (the Relief Society) as a teacher and have also taught adult Sunday School and currently teach seminary (an early morning scripture-study class for high school students). I've also enjoyed being a family history research consultant and have become something of an amateur genealogist. Family history research is prioritized in the Church because we believe that God has made it possible for all people, living and dead, to receive the ordinances necessary for salvation, such as baptism. We perform ordinances like baptism for our deceased relatives by proxy in our temples. It has been my privilege to express my faith by having such ordinances performed for my own relatives. I also live my faith by not compromising my beliefs or values, even when they are unpopular and doing so may make me feel lonely for a time.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

All young men are encouraged to serve a mission. They may be called as early as age 18, and at that time they set aside other priorities to serve the Lord. Young women are also allowed to serve a mission after they have turned 19, but single women may serve at any age. While serving a mission is considered an important duty for the men of the Church, missionary service is never compulsory, and all missionaries serve at their own expense. Married couples, usually retirees, can also serve missions together. They are typically called to serve in the Church's humanitarian efforts, in family history centers, in Church Welfare positions, in the Church Educational System, or as guides at the Church's many historical sites. Some of these older couples serve multiple missions as health and resources permit. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

One of the many reasons we believe in the Bible is because the Book of Mormon testifies that the Bible contains the word of God. During his life, as recorded in the New Testament, and during his visit to the peoples in the Americas after his crucifixion, Christ taught from the words contained in the Old Testament, especially from the words of Isaiah. Both the Old and New Testament testify, like the Book of Mormon, that Jesus is the Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith, but we do revere him as the Prophet who restored Christ's church to the earth. Joseph Smith's life and mission were to convince people that Jesus Christ is the Savior. Show more Show less