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Hi I'm Mary Melissa

I am a middle school math and science teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a medium size town in the south. Out of hundreds of people in my high school my sister and I were the only Mormons in our school. My mom and dad were babtised into the church a few years before I was born. My mom, dad, brother, sister, and I are the only ones in our family that are Mormon. Before they were converted, my mom was Church of God and my dad was Baptist. I went to college to become a teacher. After four years, I became the first one in my family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. I worked small jobs throughout college; they usually were cleaning jobs. I found a job about a week before school started in August teaching 7th grade math and science. The economy is very bad in my town and I am so thankful I was able to get a job. I recently got married before Christmas to Francisco. He is the only member of his family that is a member of our church. His family all lives in Mexico, Texas, or many hours away. He has been a member of the church for about 6 years, and I am so thankful to the missionaries that helped teach him the gospel. He and I love to cook together and take walks around the house we just bought. We are also in the middle of remodeling. Francisco works in construction and can fix anything and make anything look beautiful. He amazes me! I like photography, architecture, hiking, visiting with the sister missionaries, and cooking. Right now I am trying to learn how to cook authentic Mexican food. Last night I tried Fish Soup. It was very delicious. I also love to bake. I love to make pies and cakes. My favorite pie to make is pecan and my favorite cake to make is white coconut cake. I take small cooking classes whenever I am out of school with my friends. I also love to can; I can tomatoes, meat, beans, apples, and anything else I have time to do for food storage. I do not have any pets right now, but one day I would love to have a dog. When we get together with my family we love to play volleyball, cook, and play card games.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint just makes sense to me. We have a Heavenly Father. He loves us and wants us to be with Him again. To be able to return to Him He sends prophets to tell us how. Those prophets write down what God tells them. God loves all people; he does not just talk to certain ones. The Bible is a record of God's dealings with Jerusalem. Since God talks to everyone, he of course talked to people on the North American continent and that record is the Book of Mormon. The prophet that restored the gospel in current times was Joseph Smith. The world is especially in need of a prophet today, and that is Thomas S. Monson. I understand, feel, and know this gospel is true. Love, it is pure and stong and that is what I feel when I read the Book of Mormon, when I read the Bible, when I partake of the sacrament, and when I am in the holy temples. I love the gospel of this church!

How I live my faith

Through the years I have taught little kids (Nursery), worked with the youth (Young Womens), and helped in the adult women’s organization (Relief Society). With the babies (18 months to 3 year olds) I would have a snack, play with them, teach them songs, and have a short lesson planned. At times their short attention spans only allowed me to have them repeat back to me “Jesus loves me!” Working in the women’s organization I planned activities that allowed us to socialize, have fun, and learn new things. Some of the activities were mini cooking classes (learning how to cook lasagna), volleyball tournaments, and of course making crafts. In the women’s group we also did service and made sure the families in our church had the food and the love they needed. My latest calling was working with the youth. I taught lessons about gospel principle on Sunday, planned activities for Wednesday night, took them to church dances, but most of all tried to show them how much I loved them. When I got married a few weeks ago to Francisco I moved to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in English to Spanish. They both meet in the same building, but at different times. I am in the middle of learning Spanish, so my next thing I do to help at church is going to be especially difficult. I know that in any circumstance there is something I can do to help with the Lord’s work. It is all about listening to the spirit of God and doing His will, and only then does His work become your work and purpose in life also.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Mary Melissa
To work for God unpaid keeps the work pure and uncorrupted. Money has a way of eventually leading to compromise. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. If someone gets paid they are more likely to say what the people want to hear or do it only for the money. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Mary Melissa
God is our father in heaven. We must come to earth to learn best. He wants us to live with he again and so he sends prophets to show us the way. Show more Show less