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Hi I'm Melissa

I have lived across the United States. I am a wife, a mother and a labor and delivery nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a mother to a busy little boy. I also work as a Labor and Delivery nurse. I love being a nurse, particularly being a part of such a special moment in the lives of families. I have assisted in hundreds of deliveries, yet I still tear up every time a baby is born. It is a beautiful moment that must be preceded by hours of sweat, discomfort, and even pain. It is truly LABOR. We know that good things are worth working towards and waiting out, but still we often want the good things in life to happen right away, without any effort on our part. The birth of a baby is a perfect example of how we must work for every good thing in our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized into the LDS church when I was young. I felt then that it was true, but I think I actually KNEW it was true a little bit later. When I was 15 years old a lot of things were happening in my life. My grandma was dying from cancer and my two best friends were struggling both mentally and physically with eating disorders as well as making bad decisions in their lives. I felt so alone and struggled to know how to deal with all the pressures that I felt were placed upon me. One night after a long day I felt an overwhelming need to talk to my Heavenly Father. I knelt down and prayed, and talked about everything I was going through. As I prayed, I felt like Heavenly Father knew me and was truly listening. I had been studying the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and as I prayed, I felt the power of that Atonement. I knew that Christ had suffered all things; that he had suffered for my sins AND for my weaknesses. I knew that Christ knew what I was going through, and that He could help me get through this difficult time. And He did. I grew up an "army brat" moving to different places across the country as my father was stationed wherever a surgeon was needed. Now my husband and I are moving across the country (and out of the country) on a leadership program for his work. I have always loved the adventures that come from moving to new places and getting to know the people of the area. It is not always easy, particularly with my young son and another on the way, but I have found that there are wonderful people all across the country. Whenever we move, the first step is to visit the LDS (Mormon) church building on Sunday to meet the congregation in our area. Every time without fail, we have felt "at home" as we meet other Latter-day Saints and are welcomed with open arms. Despite moving around throughout childhood and now my adulthood, it is easy to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have found that the best way I can live my faith is to show love and give service to others. Someone demonstrated this to me in a way I will never forget. A couple of years ago I had a late miscarriage. Not many people knew about it, and those that did didn't know what to say. My husband and I seemingly grieved alone, until one day a lady from my congregation showed up at my doorstep. She had found out about the miscarriage and said that she "just wanted to come over to give me a hug". I hardly knew this woman, but her hug meant more than all the cards and flowers in the world. I felt the love of my Savior wrap around me as her arms hugged me. In the Book of Mormon, it talks about the commitment we make at baptism to "mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort" (Mosiah 18:9). I feel closest to my Savior when I try to love and serve those around me.