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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a grad student studying counseling, I'm a family court mediator, I'm a volunteer at the local women's jail, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a convert to the church, baptized on June 19th, 2010. I'm a graduate student studying counseling. I returned to college late in life and just finished my bachelor's degree in 2010. I enjoying hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills with my husband. I am a mother of two beautiful boys and a step-mother to a lovely daughter and wonderful son. Besides my family, my biggest joy in life is sharing my time with those in need and I am delighted to be able to use my skills as a mediator to help people in the family court system. Additionally, I feel grateful to be able to volunteer at the county jail and help the incarcerated women learn new life skills so they may be better able to succeed in life once they are released.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Catholic Church and when I became a teenager I shunned it and all religions for many, many years. I joined the Presbyterian Church after my second son was born. However, I felt a spiritual hunger and had a feeling that there must be something more to religion and spirituality than what I was being taught. After several years of apostasy, I met my current husband, Daniel, who was and is a practicing Mormon. I was so impressed with the joy and calm assurance that he passed through life with, that I wanted to learn more about the Mormon church. Within in the Mormon Church I have found a solid foundation in Christ. I have come to know that all things are possible through Him. I am now living the life that I have always dreamed of and base it upon the standards and teaching of the Church. The Mormon Church has given me a new understanding of the Gospel, God's love for me, and the atonement of Jesus Christ. I am constantly learning how to reach my potential as a daughter of God, a wife, a mother, a student, and as a world citizen. My life has never been fuller, happier, or as well balanced - I am grateful to the Mormon Church and its doctrines for all it has taught me.

How I live my faith

I believe that the work I do in the family court mediation system and in the county jail is important only as far as I do it in the name of Jesus Christ. I feel blessed and privileged to be able to help people in the midst of deep personal crisis by offering them compassion, understanding, acceptance, and hope. My life has been immeasurably enriched as a result of being of service to others. In my home-life I adopt the same principles and work to be a loving, kind, and understanding wife and mother. I demonstrate Gospel Principles by practicing honesty, charity, forgiveness, and self-discipline in my relationships with my family. Since becoming a Mormon my understanding of the importance of my position in my family has increased and I endeavor to continue to be the kind of wife and mother that God would have me be.