What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a rare Atlanta native and I own a bridal shop. But my most important jobs are wife, mom and grandmother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After years as a stay-at-home mom to my five kids, working in the family business and various other jobs, I took the plunge and bought a bridal shop! The great thing about my job is that I have the opportunity to help brides find exactly what they’re looking for. It’s very rewarding to help a plus-size bride who has been mistreated elsewhere. The best thing for me is that also I carry “modest dresses” (with sleeves) and therefore have the opportunity to meet and assist brides who travel from all over. My farthest in-the-store customer was from Alaska – she flew home with a dress. I even sold a dress to a bride in Germany – but we interacted only over the phone. Some of my customers are “Mormon,” but I actually get to meet people who are Jewish, Catholic, Baptist, Pentacostal – or no religion at all! I love meeting lots of different people and learning from them. But my favorite people are the members of my family. My husband and I have just celebrated our 38th anniversary. He and I both enjoy reading, playing games, working in the garden, and bike riding. We have five children and eight grandchildren who are so much fun to have around! When everyone’s together playing games or just hanging, I always say I’m sure this is what heaven will be like!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were each brought up in other faiths, but when the time came for them to investigate churches to decide on the spiritual training for their own children, they found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and soon converted. I was raised in the church, but, like anyone else, at some point I had to gain my own testimony. This was done by prayer, studying, reading the scriptures and by meditation. I didn’t have any huge, dramatic witness, but I have felt on so many occasions the sweet, peaceful assurance that it is true. Something interesting happened when I was a young woman in my early 20’s. A girl I worked with was baptized much to the consternation of her friends. They told her, “I know you think the Mormon church is true, but what if it isn’t?” She shared with me her reply. She said, “Well, actually, I KNOW it is true, but even it weren’t, what a wonderful way to live! We believe in Jesus Christ and His atonement. We believe strongly in the importance of the family, living moral lives, taking care of our bodies, serving others and many other good things. I know the church is true, but even if it weren’t what an awesome way to live!” I have to agree with her, I also have a testimony of the truthfulness, and it IS also an awesome way to live.

How I live my faith

In my I’ve had many opportunities to serve. I think the Lord expects us to contribute and help others whether as a room-mother in school or as a teacher of the “babies” in the nursery in church. As a volunteer church, at one time you may be in charge of the children's organization coordinating classes and activities and the next year, working in the materials center (library.) One of the most rewarding things I get to do is as a “friend” or visitor to some ladies in my congregation. Each of us visits at least once a month, gives a spiritual message and assists with whatever needs may come up. This may mean fixing a dinner for someone ill or with a new baby, giving a ride to the doctor or just being a kind voice on the phone when one has a bad day. We all get to look after each other this way and find that those we help, often become our closest friends! I like to remember the scripture in Matthew that says, “…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”