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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a mother of four, a fitness nut and wannabe photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up swimming, camping and daydreaming of being on stage. Luckily, I realized that I was not musical or theatrical, so I focused on sports and developed a love of fitness. I am still, one of those annoying people who loves to exercise and have recently started training for triathlons. I graduated from BYU and married my high school sweetheart. We have been blessed with four children, who range in age from 11 to 2 1/2. Other than teaching fitness classes here and there, I have always chosen to be a stay-at-home mom. Financially it has been a struggle at time, but I feel blessed that we have been able to manage, even through my husbands medical training. Our family loves the outdoors and we tend to entertain ourselves by watching our children's sporting events. Thanks to my husband I am a reluctant/budding skiier, whose childrens' skills surpassed me years ago).

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family that taught me the principles of the gospel, but struggled to live them in our home. My mother started attending church regularly when I was in the fifth grade. The girls my age came over and invited me to an activity and then to attend church with my mom. This was all I needed. As a young child, the feelings I felt when learning in primary and Sunday School were so strong and clear. I felt happy, loved and uplifted by the people and the teachings. As I grew older and life became more complicated, I leaned more and more on my budding testimony. I started to study the scriptures on my own, in seminary and loved seeing all of the pieces come together. The gospel is so simple, and yet so profound. I knew that I had a loving Heavenly Father and that he had great things in store for me. I learned to trust in Him even when it seemed my whole world was falling apart. My testimony has come little by little, with a few bursts of inspiration here and there. For the most part, the peace of the gospel has come to me by study, prayer and consistently trying to live my life in accordance to His teachings. I have studied, asked and received answers to my questions on a continual basis. I love this gospel and know that this is Christ's church, restored on the earth. How can I say I know this? I have felt a burning in my chest and I have had tears fill my eyes as the Holy Ghost has so quietly, yet so profoundly answered by questions.

How I live my faith

I was just called to be the president of the women's organization in my ward. What a blessing this has been!!! I am able to visit the sisters, help to provide meals for the sick, participate in community service projects and work with women one on one. The strength of the women of this church in incredible! They are smart, socially conscious and concerned with improving, not only their lives, but also,those around them. I have found the most amazing friendships and support from women who are nothing like me in many ways, yet share my faith in Jesus Christ, so any barriers are bridged by our common goals. I believe that the most important work I have is to teach my children to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is so much that can distract them, but I am always trying to bring their minds back to the truth. By consistently doing simple things, like reading our scriptures together, praying together and attending church as a family, our lives have been richly blessed. Putting all of these things into practice is a constant struggle, but the difference in how I feel and how we all treat each other is so apparent.