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Hi I'm Melissa

I grew up on beautiful Vancouver Island. I love nature, reading and people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life! I love the way I feel when I am in Nature. I am fascinated with the beauty of Gods creations. I enjoy the outdoors through hiking, jogging and swimming. I am also an avid reader. A good story will keep me up into the wee hours. I love people and I love to have fun! I recently developed an interest in Regency Era Dancing - it's a blast. I enjoy good conversation, and good food from different cultures. I worked as a RN on a neuro-trauma floor but now spend my time teaching my four children about personal hygiene and mending wounds with kisses and bandaids. I really enjoy teaching children and seeing them learn. I love being a mom!

Why I am a Mormon

I would not be the person I am today without the teachings from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Over the years reading the scriptures, praying and going to the LDS Church have helped shape me. As I’ve searched the scriptures I’ve come to know that I have a Heavenly Father that is personally aware and concerned for my well being. I’ve also come to know that as my Father, He wants me to return to Him and cares about my day to day experiences. He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to show me the way to live and have joy in life. I am so glad that as a boy Joseph Smith believed that His father in Heaven cared enough to answer his questions. The other day my six year old asked if I thought that God likes jokes because he had just told him one in his personal prayer. I am so glad that my son is already learning that God cares about him and hears his prayers. When I pray I feel Gods love for me. It is wonderful to know He is there listening and supporting me! I love going to church. I meet the greatest people of all ages and from all walks of life. As we share life experiences somehow my life becomes better. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings me great joy and perspective. Life is a lot of fun but there are hard times. When the thorns and thistles of life are pricking me, I find comfort in my knowledge of Gods eternal plan of happiness. I am grateful that when I was a teenager I took the time to find out for myself if the teachings in the LDS church were true. This is the life God wants me to live and it's a good one!

How I live my faith

I love being a 'Mormon'. It influences the way I live my life. I am the type of person that gets lots of ideas of things to do. My ideas don’t always materialize but I’ve realized that as long as I put God first, everything I plan will work out for the best. Whether I am parenting, serving in the church, cooking dinner for a bunch of friends or organizing people to volunteer at a seniors home the Lord is mindful of me. I’ve also realized the Lord can use me to do good – and I am happiest when serving Him. I love to serve. When I turned 18 I was asked to be a 'visiting teacher'. This gave me the opportunity to go with another female member and visit a few assigned women from our congregation. As I've served I've found that visiting teaching bridges many barriers. It has been a great way to get to know people that I might not have otherwise connected with. I have always grown to appreciate and love those whom I have visited. Often I've been helped by the people that I've been assigned. Through many experiences I have made the most wonderful friends. I have been taught that it is important to care for those of our faith, as well as all of Gods children. I feel strongly that it is important to be a contributing member of society. Since I was a teenager I have tried to volunteer in the community. I like to visit the elderly, I especially enjoy seeing their faces light up when little children are around. I like to be active and enjoy helping coach my childrens sports teams. I love to help people discover the gift of nature, the beauty of Gods creations and our role to care for the earth. 

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Melissa
I do!! In ancient times prophets were called by God to be spiritual leaders to His people, to help the people of the time know Gods will and to call Gods children to repentance. The ancient prophets were willing to proclaim Gods truth, regardless of how well it would be received. We live in a day where there are a lot of conflicting opinions and people say 'good is evil' and 'evil is good'. In am grateful that God continues to give us His guidance and direction through a living prophet. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Melissa
Being a member of the Mormon Church is like having a large extended family all around the world. When I have visited different congregations the people are unique but the friendly feeling is the same. It's pretty awesome to know that all over the world I can find members who share the same beliefs and values.  Show more Show less