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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a wife, a mother, and artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of three and grew up in Alberta. The winters can sometimes be very cold but it makes me appreciate the warm summer days. I grew up spending a lot of my time outdoors, in summer's heat and winter's snow. I am inspired by creativity and love to find any opportunity to appreciate life's beautiful details. I love the grandeur found when hiking or cross-country skiing in the mountains but also find equal inspiration closer to home when I spend quiet moments sketching the simple charms of everyday life. Above all, I love being a wife and mother. My family is constantly motivating me to be better and teaching me not to take life too seriously. As an illustrator, I have plenty of material to draw from, whether it's based off of memories from my adventures as a child or as I watch my little family learn and grow. For me, drawing helps keep memories alive and the process encourages me to slow down to appreciate the small details.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised by my parents in the Mormon church. I attended Primary as a little girl and early morning seminary as a youth and there gained a greater understanding of the fundamentals. I have always felt in my heart that the teachings of the Mormon faith (gospel principles) are true. I have not had one specific moment of conversion - I have had many moments throughout my life. I am Mormon because I have prayed to know for myself and received an answer over time that the Mormon faith or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church in its fulness here upon the earth. I am a better person because I am Mormon. Yes, I am imperfect, the people in the church are imperfect, but when I show faith by obedience to the gospel principles, I am shown that these principles are perfect, that God is perfect, and that I have Christ's perfect example to follow. The teachings of the Mormon faith remind me that what matters most is to love God and serve others and everything else, even in the most seemingly chaotic moments of life, everything else truly does fall into place, sooner or eventually. To know I am loved by God and that He knows and understands me perfectly, brings great hope and happiness and strength. I have seen God's hand in my life guiding me and helping me to make more of me than I could ever accomplish alone.

How I live my faith

My faith is such an integral part of my life and keeps me grounded. As I do the little things on a daily basis, like prayer and scripture study, I am strengthened and can meet life's challenges with optimism and hope. Prayer brings perspective. Scripture study brings peace. Attending church for three hours every Sunday can be hectic with a family but it is so worth it. It gives me opportunity to start off the week reflecting on my relationship with my Saviour and my family and to resolve to be a little better. Monday nights are reserved for family time. We will start off with a short lesson that helps remind us to live our faith and then the rest of the night is spent having fun together. I love doing family history work and learning more about our family roots. Faith is about living today but also learning from and being grateful for those who came before us.