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Hi I'm Melissa

I am a stay at home mother of two, and a wife to my best friend. I enjoy reading, traveling, sewing, cooking and running.

About Me

I was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Graduated high school there and went to my first two years of college at Ricks College (now known as BYU-I) in Rexburg, Idaho. With the encouragement of my parents I moved to San Diego for a few years where I worked, took some college classes and enjoyed the beautiful weather. When the time came for me to leave I moved to UT where I worked and continued my education. There I lived with my best friend from Ricks college. She got engaged while we were still roommates and later introduced me to her soon to be brother in law (and my future husband). Since he was in New York at school, most of our relationship was spent apart. We were married in June of 2007, when I was 25 years old. We welcomed our first child in 2009 (a boy) and our second (a girl) in 2011. My husband is a Army officer and we have spent the last 5 years living in Missouri, Kentucky, back to Missouri and now in the beautiful Pacific North West. My husband was also deployed for 13 months during that time. He left when our little boy was only 2 months old. Although it was one of the most difficult times we have experienced, it also brought many blessings to our lives. I think we both look back and think fondly of the things we learned during that time! This summer our little family will move out East where my husband will be attending business school.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the church. Both of my parents were also born and raised members. When I was young I went to church because it's what we did. Yet I have often appreciated that, especially since having children of my own, and realize what an important lesson that was for me. I have always felt the church was true, and as I have studied and lived the gospel it has only become more clear to me. I have specific experiences in my life where the blessings of the Lord have been very apparent to me. Where prayers I have offered have been clearly answered. To some these experiences may seem trivial, but to me they are the foundation of my faith. They are the experiences we all need to live what we believe. This is what I believe and I try my hardest to live by that. I am a mormon because I believe the gospel teachings to be true. I am a mormon because I want the blessings I have seen in my life, especially though the temple, to be extended to my children. I am a mormon because I want my children to be taught the gospel, and then, for themselves, to have those same faith building experiences that I have had. I know that the Lord is aware of me.

How I live my faith

I live the gospel by being actively involved in my congregation. I teach a sunday school class to the women once a month and volunteer in the media center weekly. I really believe that being actively involved with the congregation is so important. I also believe that just as important (or even more so), is actively living the gospel teachings in my home. I am not claiming to live the gospel perfectly, I know I have areas of definite weakness, but it is important to me that my children can see that we not only go to church on Sundays because we are supposed to, but that we live by those standards in our home. I don't ever want them to be confused. We try to live the gospel in our home by having regular family prayer and by studying the gospel for ourselves (because there's always something more to learn).