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Hi I'm Melissa

I was born and raised in Alaska. I love taking pictures of nature and my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Alaska and I love this place! I graduated from the University of Alaska with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology. I married my best friend, the love of my life and my eternal companion in the Alaska Temple and our forever has been great so far! We have two furry kidlets: Star and Pepper. We love our time together and hope to start our forever family soon! I love to play pool with my husband but in the nearly 8 years we have been together, I have only really won 5 games. I have read all of the Harry Potter and Twilight books and I'm proud of it. I love Christmas so much that I decorate my office at work every year. I LOVE chocolate milk. Whenever I have a bad day, I always listen to the voice message my 3 year old niece left me at work. It makes me cry every time. I hate peanut butter but I like peanut butter cookies. My not a big fish fan but I love dipnetting. I love my mom to death because she makes me laugh. My family is my greatest blessing and I love them. The best thing about being married is my wardrobe doubled. My grandmother gave me one of her rings the last time I saw her. I have never taken it off and I miss her everyday. My favorite scripture is 2 Nephi 31:20 and I live by it every day. I completely believe in the blessing of tithing. We went from barely having enough to buy food and put gas in the car, to having nearly enough money to put a down payment on a house. I am grateful for all of my blessings, big and small.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church all my life and it has shaped me into the person that I am today. Having the gospel in my life has taught me values of modesty, compassion, forgiveness, honesty, virtue, and the importance of family. It has helped me to be grateful for all of the blessings in my life, big and small. It has brought me the light of the Savior, Jesus Christ and the knowledge that families are together forever. The gospel has brought the light of the Savior into my life and helped me to be a better person and a positive influence to those around me. I follow the teachings of the Savior, in both word and deed. I try everyday to be more Christ-like in all of my actions and deeds so that His light and spirit can be seen and felt through me. I utilize the scriptures and the teachings of the apostles and prophets of the church to guide me through everyday life struggles and problems. I firmly believe in the power of the Atonement, not only for the forgiveness of sins to bring us closer to our Heavenly Father, but to also to help heal us from pain, sorrow, illness, disappointments and heartbreaks. Knowing that families are together forever brings a great comfort when family and friends part us in this life. With this, we know that we will only be separated for a time and will be united once again in the presence of our Father in Heaven. There is no greater blessing in the world than this simple knowledge. I am grateful for my eternal companion and my family. I know that my Father in Heaven lives and knows me personally; I know that my Savior is my elder brother and that He died for me and has made it possible for me to live with my Father in Heaven again. I am grateful for the gospel and for my family. They are great blessings in my life and I love them. And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen..

How I live my faith

I have served in the church with the primary age children for 9 years. I have found great joy in seeing how their simple spirits often tell the truth that adults sometimes may not understand. The Savior taught that we should be like small children, to be able to be receptive to love, compassion, and the spirit of the Lord. Working with the children in my ward helped me to see the simple and basic beliefs of the church in a different light; to see Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world but also as our elder brother and feel His love for each of us.