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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a wife, a mother, and a professional photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. My family moved to Seattle when I was 14, and after graduating from high school, I returned to Utah to attend Brigham Young University. Before my senior year, I served a mission to Las Vegas (which was amazing!) then returned to graduate with a degree in Elementary Education. After teaching 3rd grade in Idaho Falls for two years, I went to Japan to teach English. I love Japan and the Japanese people! When I returned to Utah, I met my husband and we were married in the Salt Lake Temple. We then moved to Colorado where we have lived for most of our married life. We have three beautiful girls, and I have a professional photography business. My life is full and busy, but I wouldn't trade it for anything!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but like everybody who is raised as a Mormon, I had to find out for myself if what I had been taught was really true. I served a mission in Las Vegas and had my beliefs challenged every day. Even though at times I had doubts, those challenges only served to strengthen my faith and testimony. Every time I go to church, or read a talk by our living prophet, I am reminded of why I believe. The Spirit of God gives me a feeling of peace and joy that can't be found anywhere else. First and foremost, I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that He loves me more than I can ever understand. Through living prophets, He now guides His church. I find so much peace in knowing that our loving Heavenly Father is giving us all the help He possibly can--through scriptures like the Bible and Book of Mormon, and through modern-day prophets--to return to live with Him again.

How I live my faith

Once a month, I teach the adult women in our ward (congregation). These are lessons on such subjects as tithing, eternal families, and the blessings of living the Gospel. I also play the organ for our Sacrament Meetings. In our church, we get put in companionships and assigned other women to visit during the month. This is so that everyone feels loved and cared for, even if they don't attend church. I have had many "callings" (assignments) in the Church. I have cared for the 18-month-old children so their parents can attend classes, have been in charge of the 12 to 13-year-old young women, been a Sunday School teacher, and many more. Everyone at some point gets asked to speak in Sacrament Meeting in front of the whole congregation. I think this is awesome, because it puts equal responsibility on everyone to learn and live the Gospel. Ours is a religion of faith and action. Through serving others and keeping the commandments, we become more like the Savior. After all, He was perfect at keeping the commandments and spent His whole life serving others. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is designed to give us opportunites to learn of Christ and to become like Him. I honestly don't know what I would do without the Church in my life.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Melissa
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of life. We are all sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father and have divine potential. To deny a child of the opportunity to live and reach their potential is contrary to the plan of God. There are cases where abortion may be considered when the life of the mother is in danger, or when a person has been raped. But even then, the decision must be made with much prayer and after counseling with local priesthood authorities. The Church strongly advocates adoption instead of abortion. There are so many loving couples who are waiting to welcome a child into their homes. No child is ever "unwanted." What may have been a mistake for someone can become a blessing for someone else. Show more Show less