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Hi I'm Melissa

I am a former American Expat that lived in Holland for 10+ years - now back in the U.S.A. and loving it, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born and grew up in the United States. When I was 23 I met my man on hotornot.com. He's Dutch - I'm American. We got married in the U.S. and now live in the Netherlands. We have three daughters and one son. I love being a mom and housewife. I like to blog about cooking and recipes. I love baking. I love to paint and crochet as well. But mostly, I just love hanging out with the kids, going to playgrounds and visiting with other stay-at-home-moms like me. Most other moms work full-time so there are not too many - we are few - but we are proud!

Why I am a Mormon

It's true that I grew up in the Mormon faith, but I have had my share of struggles with the history of the LDS church regarding plural marriage and racism... but I love this church. Whenever I am in the building and interacting with the people, I feel a special feeling, like a sweetness, like the whisperings of the Holy Ghost letting me know that despite the imperfections of people, this is where I need to be. I feel like I am Mormon because God needs me here in this church. God needs me to use my talents - I have those special talents, I mentioned above, I try not to judge others, and I try to love one another and friendship with those that need a friend, and that's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

After living in the Netherlands for 10+ years, I am now back in Utah, sometimes called the Mormon corridor. Church is sometimes different in Utah from the rest of the world. The people are just as friendly and the lessons are the same everywhere, but because it seems like everyone is a member and they all know each other and have lots of family in the area, it seems like they don't reach out to newcomers as much. Some people say that in Utah, the members only hang out with each other, only do business with each other and so forth. My next door neighbor is not a member of the LDS church and she has struggled with this very thing. I told her that I am a member and I also struggle with making friends within my church congregation. I try to live my faith the same way I lived it before I came back to Utah, I live my faith through being a good friend and neighbor to others. I don't just hang out with other Mormons like myself, I reach out to everyone. I just love people, all people and that is how I live my faith by following Christ's example and loving one another. If someone is not a member, it doesn't matter to me, I love ya, we can all be friends and get a long. I guess I am just an idealist like that :)

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

We often have the Mormon missionaries for dinner. They often share a message with us while they are here. We have gospel discussions from the scriptures. They will share a scripture out of The Bible or Book of Mormon and share their thoughts on it. Then they ask us what we think? It's a friendly discussion. We testify of Christ. How we are blessed and so on. The Mormon missionaries - called Elders (male) or Sisters (female) will testify of Christ. That he is the Savior. They will teach about Joseph Smith. That he is a prophet of God. He helped restore the Church of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith translated, by the power of God, The Book of Mormon. Sometimes, the missionaries bring someone with them, like another member of the local congregation. I've been out with the sister missionaries many times. I enjoy sharing my love of the gospel with others. Sometimes we invite the missionaries to bring an investigator to our home for the lesson. You can request to do that if you like. It's usually not a problem. Show more Show less