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Hi I'm Melissa.

I'm a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily-married mother of four: boy, girl, boy, girl. My kids were born in sets separated by eight years, so our house is full of teens and toddlers. I finished my degree in English Literature just a few years ago and after that, while we waited for the second set of kids to arrive, I worked for a year as an assistant teacher at a preschool for children with developmental delays. I love to read and I love to learn. Now I am at home full-time with my toddlers again and I feel I am learning and growing more and more. There is plenty of time in a day or a life to become what God wants us to be.

Why I am a Mormon

Most of the credit of my being Mormon has to go to my faithful parents and my ancestors before them, but I continue to be Mormon because I truly believe. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives my life purpose and meaning. It has given me strength and comfort in the face of serious trials, and the simple profound happiness of knowing that I am a child of God. He loves me and I love him.

How I live my faith

I am trying to be like Jesus. When He was on earth He loved so much. Over and over again in the scriptures it says "he was moved with compassion on them." His compassion moved Him to work miracles. My compassion moves me to visit. Our church has a wonderful program for women called Visiting Teaching; every woman is assigned the watchcare of three or four other women. I have been so comforted in my own life by kind, loving Visiting Teachers. I try to do the same for others, and my neighbors too. At times my neighbor's health is very bad; I can't do much, but I can visit with her on the phone and slip distracting sweets onto her porch to let her know I care.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Visitors are totally welcome, even if your just a little curious. The main meeting is called sacrament meeting; it is 70 minutes long. We sing hymns as a congregation; the hymnbooks are provided. We pray to begin and end the meeting; these prayers are offered by church members. The most important part of sacrament meeting is the sacrament: bread and water prepared and blessed by priesthood holders and passed to those attending the meeting who wish to partake. Then we have two or three assigned speakers. So a visitor to sacrament meeting really gets to sit and watch and listen, though you may get some friendly greetings before and after the meeting. Also a visitor may want to know that children are welcome to sacrament meeting; it is a family worship service. Immediately before or after sacrament meeting there are other meetings that visitors are also totally welcome to attend. There is a nursery for toddlers 18 months-3 years old, and Primary for children 3-11 years old. There are Sunday School classes for each age group over 12, including adults; Sunday School classes are around 40 minutes long. After or before the Sunday School we also have Priesthood meetings for the men 12 years and older, Young Women meetings for women 12-18 years old, and Relief Society for women 18 and older; these classes are about an hour long. It might seem daunting as a visitor to figure out and find the right meetings, but the members would love to help you find your way. Show more Show less