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Hi I'm Melissa

I love to play softball and to make people laugh (myself included), and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the suburbs of Chicago, and after spending almost a decade in Utah going to college and working, I am currently living in Arizona. I am the oldest of four kids and even though my family is kind of spread out, we have a great time when we're together. I graduated from college with a degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership and even though I am not currently working in that field, I enjoy spending time outdoors and playing and watching sports. I play third base on my co-ed softball team, and I love to support my alma matter's sports football, basketball, and softball teams. I also enjoy travelling and spending time with old friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I have been an active member my entire life. I love going to church each Sunday and learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is fascinating to me to learn how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is organized in the same manner that Christ himself organized the church during His ministry on earth. I know that we have a prophet to lead and guide us, just like there was in the Old Testament. Regardless of what is being said, when Thomas S Monson speaks, I can feel in my heart and in my mind that he is speaking for the Lord. I know that we are children of God, that He is our Heavenly Father. I know that Jesus Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross for us. But I also know that He lives! He was resurrected, and because He broke those bands of death, we too will be able to live again in God's presence if we have proven ourselves worthy in this life.

How I live my faith

I try my best to be, like it says in 1 Timothy, an "example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity". I believe there is great power in words, and I try my best to keep my language clean and to speak positively about others. I also believe there is great power in music, and I strive to listen to music that bring happiness and peace and that is uplifting. I also go to church every Sunday, where I have a calling to be in a presidency to help serve the women that I attend church with. As I work with the other presidency members, our goals are to help foster a feeling of unity, and to strengthen testimonies of Jesus Christ. I have also had opportunities to teach five and six year olds in a Sunday School class as part of the block of meetings held on Sunday. It was great to work with them, because even though most of the lessons consisted of simple Bible stories, I could see how those young children so easily understood the underlying principle that God loves his children.