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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a scientist, teacher, and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Pennsylvania. Got a B.S. in Biochemistry from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. I teach chemistry and biochemistry laboratories. I enjoy science, reading, yoga, and Tai Chi.

Why I am a Mormon

Because it works, primarily. I feel a definite sense of power in this church. There's a significance to the ordinances, particularly the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. I'm always amazed at the significance of the Holy Ghost in the early (New Testament) church- and I see that operating in my life and this church today. I'm frequently impressed by the power for good that I have seen come from individuals who seek and act on the impressions of the Holy Ghost. Moreover, there's a coherency to the doctrine, something that brings a consistent voice to the seemingly disparate ideas of the Bible, a voice that speaks of Christ's power to heal hearts, and to uplift and renew the soul. I may not have found every answer to every question I have, but I have found God in this church. I have seen His power, and I have learned something of His wisdom.

How I live my faith

I believe that faith and actions are intertwined. What we do shapes us, and who we are informs what we do. Thus, living my faith, for me, is a combination of both. I strive to expose myself to things that teach me more about Christ and how I can be like Him. Reading the scriptures, daily, is a major part of this. Similarly, seeking out knowledge of every kind, and learning more about the world, its people, and the ideas that form our understandings are all also a part of how I build my understanding of God. Covenants are another essential part of my faith- making promises with God. For example, when I was baptized- I made a promise that I would obey God, put Him first in my life, and emulate his example of helping others. This covenant has become a major organizing principle in my life. It means that when I make decisions about how to spend my time and resources, I try to put God first and to seek out ways to help those around me. It means I take time to volunteer both at church and in the community. It means I participate in visiting and serving members of my church congregation. It means I try to find ways to incorporate reverence and reflection in my day. Essentially, every decision I make becomes a part of living my faith, sometimes consciously, sometimes because of who I've become over time by living this way.