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Hi I'm Melissa

I am a wife and a teacher. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married since 2006. We don't have any children yet, but we have a couple of cats that we love to laugh at. I teach fifth grade--mostly science and American history. I have taught everything from reading to world history to Family and Consumer Science, a.k.a. Home Economics. Growing up in Louisiana, I learned to love good food of all kinds. I'm especially partial to Greek and Italian, though. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and traveling. Right now, I'm really into Stephenie Meyer's books. Yes, I'm a Twihard! I don't get to travel as much as I'd like--it's very expensive!--but some of my favorite places to visit are Alaska, Costa Rica, Italy, and Washington, D.C.

Why I am a Mormon

When I prayed and asked Heavenly Father whether or not the Book of Mormon was true, I had a warm, peaceful feeling in my heart. That was the Holy Spirit telling me that the answer to my question was "yes." This is how I know that the Book of Mormon is a true document. In the same way, I know that it was revealed to and translated by Joseph Smith, Jr. in the early 1800s. I know that he was able to do those things because he was guided by the Holy Spirit. I know that he was a prophet, and he organized this Church according to the plan laid out by Jesus Christ under the direction of Heavenly Father. I know that we have a prophet on Earth today, and he gives us guidance and direction that will help us to be happy now and in the future. I know that he and those who came before him speak the word of God. I know that when we follow the counsel and commandments found in the scriptures and from our prophets, we will become closer to Heavenly Father, and that we will be reunited with Him after we die. I know that we can be joined with our families, so that we will be together for eternity. Marriage does not have to end at death. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to be happy, and they have told us how to find a real, lasting happiness.

How I live my faith

I am one of the leaders of the children's Sunday school classes. I help to teach all ages from 18 months to 11 years old. I also help plan fun activities for the kids and their families outside of the regular Sunday school several times a year. In addition, I visit with several other women in my area at least once each month. It's an opportunity for us to teach each other and to help each other with any needs we may have.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

When we talk about our "testimony," we're talking about the things that we know to be true concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When we say we "know" something is true, we mean that the Holy Spirit has confirmed it to us, or has spoken to our hearts. When that happens, you get a warm, happy feeling in your chest. Sometimes it is a very tangible feeling, sometimes it's more of an emotional feeling, and occasionally, it might actually sound like a voice speaking. When we say we "have a testimony of" something, that means that we have had that warm, happy feeling when we prayed and asked Heavenly Father about it. When we "bear our testimony," that means we say our testimony out loud to someone else. Show more Show less