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Hi I'm Melissa

I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. I love clinical cancer research and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated with my PhD in Molecular Biology. My husband is currently attending medical school, so I am responsible for taking care of the home. I love to cook healthy food including green smoothies and hot breakfast cereal using Kamut or other whole grains. I do NOT like laundry, sewing, or cleaning (problematic since cooking usually makes a mess)! Currently my favorite past-time is playing with our chocolate lab!

Why I am a Mormon

One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 52:12, "for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rearward." As I've studied the word "rearward", I've come to understand it as 'rearguard'. In other words, God has your back; He's protecting you from things you don't even know are coming and can't prepare for. He has repeatedly answered my prayers-from the small, insignificant requests to the tear-filled prayers of desperation. His answer usually comes as He envelopes me in a warm, peaceful feeling that everything will be OK. After patience and faith that He will make everything OK, I learn that He was there all along, as my 'rearguard', preparing things to fall perfectly in place. I marvel that He would take such a personal interest in my desires and aspirations. How could I ever show my love and appreciation for all He has done and all He continues to do for me? All I am and all I ever hope to be, I owe to Him. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My church calling or assignment is teaching the scriptures to children ages 9-10. This year we are learning about the Prophet Joseph Smith and early events of the LDS church. We read from the Doctrine and Covenants, a book which contains revelations to Joseph Smith about the LDS Church doctrines. We are also memorizing the 13 Articles of Faith (or 13 statements of our beliefs) as we earn a fun class party!