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Hi I'm Melissa

I am a married mom and step mom living in rural Arizona and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 42 years old and remarried for 7 years after divorcing my ex-husband of 13 years. I moved to Arizona with $700 and my two daughters and began a new life, working my way from a teacher's aide to a manager. I also worked my way through college. I met my husband on a blind date and we married 9 months later. He came with three sons and now we have the Brady Bunch! We also have a daughter together, what a surprise she was! Now we have one graduating high school and one in kindergarten, and a 16, 13, and 12 year old in the middle. We enjoy the outdoors together and cooking as a family. My husband's oldest son, who he adopted at age 2, recently passed away after having cancer. He died in a car accident just before Christmas. I am still attending college and will graduate with a bachelor of science in May. We have a new addition to our family, a puppy, which we call "Meaty". He is an American Bulldog. We have a duck, chickens, pigeons and a cat too. What a busy life!

Why I am a Mormon

When I moved to the area I live in, my daughters and I attended church, but felt we were missing something. I talked to a friend at work about it and she suggested I come to her church. We walked into our first sacrament meeting on a fast sunday and listened to the men of the church tell their testimony. We were so touched by the geniune stories. My daughter, who was 10, said this is where we belong. My daughters felt so "at home" and I felt very cared for, as a single, newly divorced mom. Little did I know, we were already having family night (family home evening) and practicing many of the principles the church teaches. The missionairies began coming by with the ward's bishop and we also participated with other families in their family nights. Three months later my daughter and I were baptised. I was dating my future husband at the time and he was an LDS person who hadn't practiced his religion in quite some time. He began attending church and many good things began to happen. We got married and a year later went to the temple. I am a Mormon because I know that my faith helps me cope with whatever life throws at me and I feel secure in my beliefs and know my purpose on earth.

How I live my faith

I participate in my community by serving others. I am a Big Sister with the program Big Brother/Big Sister and I belong to many groups that help the community I live in. I also am my ward's missionary and a visiting teacher for 4 ladies. In the past I have worked with the young women and little people in Sunday School and in my ward's library.