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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a divorced, mother of one daughter...who is leaving shortly for her first year of college. I never expected to be a "single" empty-nester, so this will be an interesting change for me. I love to ride motorcycles. Sometimes there is nothing better to clear your mind than a short jaunt on a motorcycle! I love going to Yellowstone National Park every summer, with my daughter, to study and watch the Rocky Mountain Gray Wolves. Our dream is to one day own a Wolf/Wolf-dog Sanctuary where we can teach others about these animals who are so vital to our ecology, and to provide a safe haven for them. I have thought about going back to school, but I'm not sure what I want to do. My world has been and always will be my family. I come from Pioneer stock and we are 4 generations deep in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but that is NOT why I am a member today. I have lived inside and outside of the church and have found that while living the standards I have been taught, I am happy. When I have NOT lived the standards, I have thought I was happy at the time, but soon realized that my happiness was fleeting. Living the teachings of Jesus Christ is what has brought me true happiness. Following the teachings has brought me a level of freedom I never knew when I was "outside" of the church. I grew up believing the what I had been taught was true, but I was always baseing my beliefs on what others had taught me...until I was in my 40's. During a very difficult time in my life, a time when I was sort of in the church and sort of not, due to my smoking addiction, I was taught the true meaning of forgivness. I learned that the Savior suffered for everyone, but most importantly, He suffered FOR ME, a sinner. I realized that one great truth and my life has never been the same. Jesus loved me enough to die for me. He gave me the chance to come home someday and live with my Father in Heaven AND my family...IF I SO CHOSE! It was up to me to allow His GREAT Atonement to apply to me...and I have so chosen. I am SO very thankful to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life, for it has brought me a peace of mind and heart that I could not find anywhere else. We don't have to be perfect! We simply need to strive for perfection, strive to be like Jesus, and the rest will fall into place. I am not even close to perfect. No one is. We all make mistakes and just because we are members of this Church, does not mean we won't continue to make them. However, as long as we are striving to do right and be right, I believe we are on the right path. We must learn to forgive others for their mistakes, if we expect them to forgive us of ours. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and am thankful He is in my life.

How I live my faith

I am the person who makes up the "bulletin" each week for our Sunday meetings. When you come in and pick up the program, I am the one who created it for our particular unit or Ward of the Church. I LOVE doing this. I have taught the small children before and enjoyed that. I found that I learned more from them than I ever taught them! I try to serve others wherever I am needed, whenever I am called upon to do so. Mostly, I just try to love others and be kind, as I would hope they would be to me. I try to live as if Jesus were standing right next to me. I usually fail at this, but I keep on trying because that is what He expects me to do.