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Hi I'm Melissa

I grew up in Las Vegas but left after high school. I have been a Mormon my while life.

About Me

I grew up in Las Vegas, the oldest child in a single mother home. My mom is amazing! She did so much for my sister, my brother, and me. But it takes a village to raise a child and our village included extended family as well as amazing neighbors and church members. I graduated from BYU with a degree in Communications and my husband and I moved to Texas so he could finish school. I worked as an account manager for a telecommunications company until our second child was born. I have never regretted the decision to stay home with our four daughters to teach them and be with them. We are in Arizona now, my mother-in-law lives with us as well as my neice. My husband subscribes to the idea that it takes a village to raise a child, too, and we are the village to them. When I actually have spare time, I LOVE to read, especially Jane Austen, Harry Potter, and government conpiracy novels. A clean house makes me happy but usually it only looks that way on Saturdays - and sometimes not even then! I also love chocolate, the darker the better. I volunteer at the kids schools, working on their plays and teaching Art Masterpiece. We also like to travel. Last year my husband and I were able to visit Europe and see my mom while she was on a mission in Germany. When we are on road trips, we talk about all the places we would like to go and rank them - he picks the Carribean every time and I want to go back to Europe! Every day is an adventure around here but we wouldn't have it any other way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS faith. When I was 12, one of my best friends parents joined the church and became my Sunday School teachers. I envied their choice to join the church, I wanted to have a conversion story to tell. It was several months before I realized that it I, too, could have a conversion story. After reading the Book of Mormon and praying to know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was indeed the church with the fulness of Christ's gospel, I felt happy. Not, the intense and overwhelming feeling that I had expected. That left me wondering. Still, I continued to believe that I was on the right path and that God loved me. A few years later, I was still not positive so I committed to fasting and praying about whether or not this was the true church. Again, the warm and peaceful feeling. Over and over that's what happened until finally I realized that I had known all along that the gospel is true. That I lived with God before I came to Earth and He has a plan for me while I am here. If I follow that plan, I can return to live with Him one day. That plan is contained in His gospel. We know that we are beloved sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father and that our time on here on Earth is temporary. Now I KNOW this is true. I KNOW that God loves me and wants me to be happy. I KNOW He sent His Son to suffer and die for me that I can live with Him again. I KNOW that Joseph Smith was a prophet and saw God and Jesus Christ. I KNOW that the Book of Mormon is true and that it is another testament of Jesus Christ. I KNOW that if I follow God's plan, I will be happy.

How I live my faith

Each morning, we pray together as a family, which is not always easy with so many people going in so many different directions. But we know that the family that prays together, stays together. At the end of the day, we read scriptures together and pray again as a family. Every Monday night, we have a Family Home Evening where we teach the gospel, conduct family business (like reminding the kids to turn off the lights and not use too much toilet paper), and play games. Every Sunday is devoted to God. We attend church and enjoy our families. Each Sunday and Wednesday, I teach the girls who are 11 years old. I also sing in the choir. But I have had many opportunities to serve in other ways. Some of my favorites have been teaching the little children music. It was a time to help them learn about God and feel the Spirit telling them that they are special and that God loves them. Every day I try to live my life as a disciple of Christ, to act like He would act. Some days it's easier than others. But at the end of each day, I am grateful for my testimony of Jesus Chirst and for His sacrifice, that I can be forgiven of my sins and shortcomings.