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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a Mom, I'm a Grandma, I'm a teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 42 years old and married to my soulmate. We have six children ranging from 11 to 23. I am a special education teacher in a rural middle school, and I have returned to college to work toward a Master's degree in education. I love the outdoors, working out at the gym with my husband, and playing the Wii with my family. Reading is one of my favorite things, and I love music of all kinds. I am very happily married to my beloved husband with whom I am eager to spend eternity. We have six children ranging from 13 to 24 and one precious granddaughter born earlier this year. I teach an Exceptional Children's class at a large rural middle school, and I have almost completed my Master's degree. My family and I love to spend time together outdoors, camping, swimming, and visiting state parks. I love my church family and enjoy my callings as a Cub Scout Den Leader and Young Women's Camp Director. The peace and joy I have found in the Gospel have been more than worth all my years of searching and wrestling with doctrines, denominations, and my own stubborn refusal to repent of my sins. The blessings I have received from embracing and living our Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness have enriched my life and that of my family, drawn me closer to those I love, and taught me to place the eternal and important above the urgent and fleeting desires and problems this world uses to tempt us. The power of the Atonement of Christ has transformed my life, and I am so thankful!

Why I am a Mormon

I struggled with faith for years, knowing that there had to be more to a personal relationship with Christ than I had been able to find in the churches I had attended all my life. I read the Bible, prayed, and pursued discipleship studies and Bible study books in search of answers to my questions, all with no success. I had almost given up hope of finding a sense of completeness when I started dating my husband. He was a member, and I felt I owed it to him to learn about his church. When the missionaries sat down and began to talk with me about the Book of Mormon and the restored church, my heart warmed. I found answers to my questions really, I found out that deep inside I already knew the answers. The truth of the Restoration was impressed on me by the Holy Spirit, and I accepted it. Since I was baptized, I have found a peace and assurance that I never knew I could have. I have the companionship of the Holy Spirit, and He teaches me. The teachings of the prophets and the Book of Mormon bless my life and guide my steps in an uncertain world. I have a firm foundation and a sweet fellowship in the church. My family is closer, and our lives are more peaceful, purposeful, and harmonious. I am very thankful!

How I live my faith

My family prays together and shares from the Scriptures every morning and evening. We also make the time to read and pray individually every day. My husband and I are den leaders in the church's Cub Scout pack, and we participate actively in the Sunday School program. I love to share my testimony with other members and nonmembers who ask about my faith. I take my love for Christ and for all God's children to work with me every day where I strive to demonstrate that love to my colleagues and students. I try to spread peace and kindness as I go about my daily and weekly errands, and I try to live what I believe so that others will be able to see evidence of my faith when they look at me.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Melissa
There are many misconceptions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For example, some believe that we do not worship Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, but this is just not true. We know that our eternal salvation is dependent upon the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is easy to fear what is not understood, and people who investigate the church's true doctrines are usually pleasantly surprised to find that we are indeed Christians. I invite everyone who wishes to learn about what Mormons believe to come and see. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Melissa
The Law of Chastity refers to the commandment to remain sexually pure outside of marriage and to practice total fidelity within marriage. While many believe abstinence to be old fashioned and passe, the act of sex remains a precious gift to be shared between two people committed to one another and sealed by the vows of marriage. Anything less sells the individuals participating short and cheapens the sacred nature of intimate relationships. The consequences of sexual intercourse outside of marriage are many, including unplanned pregnancy, children born out of wedlock to less than the two parents they deserve, many sexually transmitted diseases, and mental and emotional anguish. The blessings promised to those who wait, who cherish the sanctity of the marriage bed are as numerous. Such individuals are more likely to enjoy stable, enriching relationships and families, financial security, higher self-esteem, fewer health problems, and fewer incidences of depression, fear, and anxiety. Our Heavenly Father truly blesses us when we keep His commandments, especially the Law of Chastity. Show more Show less