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Hi I'm Melissa

I got my BS in Exercise and Wellness. I have an adorable son. I coach High School Girls Lacrosse and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After graduating from High School, I got a job teaching English in China. I lived there for a summer and enjoyed it so much, I learned Chinese at college. I also love Lacrosse. I played it in High school and then two years for college. Now I just coach. I love to sew, read, piece together puzzles, play racquetball and Frisbee, and eat Chinese food. I was married for time and all eternity to my husband and we now have an adorable little son. We have had a few medical surprises over the last few months with him, including jaundice, RSV hospitalization and I had have surgery as well. All through it though, I was so grateful for our church and the principles it teaches. That even if something happened to any of us, we would be together forever because my husband and I had been sealed together. This gave me great comfort while my son was on a feeding tube and oxygen, as well as when I had to receive a blood transfusion. The members of our church were so supportive praying for us, giving us priesthood blessings and bringing us meals. I finished my major and received a Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Wellness. My husband and I hope to live abroad one day, preferably in an Asian place. I have been lucky enough to have traveled a bit while still being so young. I have been to Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, China and England. My next big travel goal is either Thailand or Singapore, depending on political conditions.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the peace of mind it brings me. It is such a beautiful gospel plan that we are all a part of. I know that each and every person is loved by our Heavenly Father. I know that he cares for and watches over us. I pray to him, and I know he listens, and I know he will listen to you. I read the Book of Mormon when I was 12. That is when I really knew that it was true. From that time on, I have always had a deep conviction that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. Knowing of the truth of the church so young in life helped me to pass through my teenage years knowing who I was, why I was on the Earth and what I was capable of. I was blessed to have good friends that respected my standards, even if they did not agree with them. I had a miscarriage last year. This was perhaps the hardest thing I have ever gone through. My husband and I were so excited to be parents. With the restored priesthood on the earth, my husband was able to give me a priesthood blessing. He acted in God's name and authority to give me a blessing. I know that Heavenly Father talked directly to me through my husband. He said things to me that I needed to hear, that no one, not even my husband could have known. The gospel is real and the authority to act in God's name is restored to the earth. I am a Mormon because I know it is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by helping others. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a great way to be in a sense, part of a family. Women of the church go and visit with other women in the church and usually share a message of the gospel. This is a duty of our church that I love doing. I love getting to know women in our church. We share our happy news as well as our depressing stories. I have found that at these times I have had so much healing and hope, and I know that Heavenly Father organized the women in the church to best accentuate our strengths as women. I also live my faith by doing my best to keep the commandments and live like Jesus outlined in the Sermon on the Mount. I am trying to become the best person I can and be a true follower of Jesus Christ.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mormons believe that grace is essential, but it is not everything. "We know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do" 2 Nephi 2523. We believe that Heavenly Father is a loving parent, so he wants us to return. He sent his Son to this Earth in order for us to be able to return to him. If it were not for grace, one mistake would mean we could never be perfect enough to return to our Heavenly Father. Through grace and the atonement, our sins can be forgiven and our efforts will change us to be more like Christ. Show more Show less