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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a wife, a mom, a teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a task list person--I like to write down things to accomplish and love crossing things off. I've been able to travel, become a mom, earn a few degrees, and teach junior high. Teaching is a big part of who I am, as a mom and individually. I love to be a mom and take my kids to do fun and educational things. I also love to sew, cook good meals for my family. Reading is a huge pastime at our house, we LOVE books. We do a lot of family activities and close to extended family. That makes for a lot of family fun on a regular basis. It's important to me to be close to family, in more ways than one.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church but my dad is a convert. My mom comes from several generations of members. I knew from a very early age that my dad chose to join this church. I think that made me think long and hard about what my faith was about, why would I want to be active in it and my resolve to raise my own children in the faith. The one thing I know without a shadow of a doubt: I have the most peace and joy in my life through living a life in the gospel, especially in raising my children in the gospel.

How I live my faith

Ours is a very service-oriented faith. We have no paid clergy and often have multiple roles in our church. I have been a visiting teacher where we visit with other women and generally strengthen friendships and see if there are needs that are not being met. I have also taught in my childrens' Primary classes, I also taught before my children were old enough to go to Primary. I have found that to be the most rewarding. It's amazing to watch the class connect with the scriptures and learn more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I've also helped in other ways, behind the scenes with a neighborhood newsletter or the Cub Scout program--we do scouting with our youth programs--but my favorite of all has been teaching in Primary.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Families are the most important part of our beliefs. Families are the fundamental basis of society and as such, are to be protected and strengthened. We hold Family Home Evening, you might hear it referred to as "FHE", every Monday night. It is a night set apart for families to be together, to learn gospel principles, and also just to have fun! We believe in families being eternal, through our temple covenants. Marriage is for time and eternity and children born within those temple covenants, or later sealed to the parents, are part of an eternal family. I love that I have an eternal family--not only my own family, but also the family that I grew up in. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Women and men have different roles in the gospel--both service-oriented. Women, as wives and mothers, spend their lives in service rearing their children in the gospel, teaching them gospel principles along with being a wife and a homemaker and sometimes even working outside the home. It is an awesome responsibility. Men, as husbands and fathers, spend their lives in service by being faithful priesthood holders, ready to preside over a home or bless others with the priesthood power in their times of need. They are usually the main or only wage earners in the household. They also are an example to their children of what a faithful priesthood holder is. Together husbands and wives, they can be a strong foundation for a family, giving service to each other and their family, along with those around them that may need help in a time of need. I find fulfillment in my own role as a wife and mother--I enjoy knowing that I am helping bring harmony and peace to my own home in this chaotic world. Show more Show less