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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a a little boy's mama and a good man's honey. I'm a journalist and an independent freelance writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a new mama to a sweet-turning-sassy little toddler. I am a small town girl that grew up in Utah. I moved to Washington on a whim during my college years and happened to meet my best friend/husband. I fell in love with all things Washington and now I can't imagine living anywhere else. (Sorry, Mom.) I work from home as a freelance writer. I studied journalism in college and love that I am working in my field. I feel the most myself when I am writing and creating something from a blank page. My professional writing niche is construction trade writing and home remodeling. When I am not working or doing my mommy duties, I am trying to talk my husband into another trip or adventure. We love to hike, camp, try new things and explore new places.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an active Mormon household. My parents were good strong members and took us to church every Sunday. But they were never pushy. One of the most integral parts of the church is freedom of choice. My parents didn't ever force us to go to church and wanted us to question for ourselves if the church was true to gain our own testimony. When I was a young pre-teen, I did ask for myself. That was the beginning of my testimony. I knew God heard my prayer and had answered me. I knew that everything I was being taught was true and could bring me happiness in this life. When I moved out on my own, I started living life and somewhat lost focus on my personal spirituality. I always knew the church was true but I lost the priority of applying the gospel in my life. I was in denial that I was inactive. I started making small choices that were leading me further away from my Heavenly Father's plan for me and I wasn't happy. I was in a dark, sad place. I had lost the light and I was overcome with sorrow. At that point I knew I had to turn to God and change. I had an incredible spiritual experience when I truly accepted Jesus Christ's atonement. The burden of my sins were lifted. I felt my sorrow overcome with joy and love. I felt God's peace fill my heart and my soul. Truly, I knew God existed; Jesus Christ was real. He knew me and my struggles. He had died for my sins and he had already suffered for me. I could stop punishing myself and move forward. For me moving forward was to cleanse my life so I would be worthy to go to the temple. It didn't happen overnight. And I wasn't perfect. It was a long process of soul searching, studying the scriptures, praying, journaling, and meditating. But through the process, I found my faith. I realized that it takes work to keep your testimony strong. Faith and works.

How I live my faith

Committing your life to the Church of Jesus Christ is so much more than going to church on Sunday. It is living every aspect of your life with honesty and purity with a daily devotion to God. Of course, work and all the other things of the world can sometimes bog down your life and cloud your spiritual time but I try to take time out everyday to remember the spiritual things in life and thank God for my blessings. We come together every Sunday to partake of the sacrament and to renew our covenants of baptism to always remember Christ and take His name upon us, lift each others' burdens and comfort each other. The sacrament helps us recommit every week to be better and to continue to move forward in our personal spiritual journey. I have had the opportunity to serve in many callings in the youth program of the church. The youth program provides wholesome, fun activities for the kids ages 12-18. I was able to teach gospel lessons on Sunday and provide weekly activities for the young women. We did service in the community, participated in summer girl's camps, and youth conferences to help each young woman find her own testimony. The best thing about callings is that as the teacher you learn and grow yourself. I gained a stronger testimony and felt more charity, the pure love of Christ, while I was working with the youth of the church. The church provides so many opportunities to serve and to help people. Christ lived His life serving his fellowmen. I know I can become more like Him through service.