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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a wife. I'm a mother of 4. I'm a registered nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family with six children. I was the oldest girl. I went to college and earned a bachelor's degree in Nursing before marrying my high school sweetheart 10 years ago. I am the mother of 4 adorable children ages 8,6,3, and 5 months. I am able to be home with them the majority of the time and I am trying to enjoy every day. I keep my nursing license current by working at a local hospital on there Cardiovascular Unit a few night shifts a month. In the last couple of years I have started running with friends in my neighborhood to have a way to stay healthy and a time to visit with other moms. It has been a great stress reliever and a time to reflect on my life and what I am doing. I grew up in a musical family and have tried to keep that a part of my life. I play the piano and guitar, although not as much as I wished I could. I am trying to pass on the love of music to my children. I also enjoy visiting family and helping with my younger brother who has recently gone blind. My children and I make frequent trips to help with his care and stay connected with family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints. The gospel of Jesus Christ and His teachings have helped me to lay a firm foundation for my life that has brought me much peace and happiness, even in times of trial. I find great peace in living with the knowledge that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me unconditionally. The perspective His gospel gives me of the purpose of this life gives me the motivation to continue on and be the best that I can be. I know that my Heavenly Father has a plan for ME and it is individual to me and what I need to learn in this life. I treasure my family relationships intensely and find great solace in knowing that those relationships can continue beyond the grave. I am reminded each time I work as a nurse how fragile life can be. I have felt the love of our Heavenly Father for those who are suffering and I try to be a tool in His Hands as I care for them. Being a mother, I find myself very focused on how I can prepare my children to lead happy and successful lives. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me to know what is most important for them to know and how to protect them from the evils of this world. I am grateful for the Gift of the Holy Ghost that I received at baptism which helps lead and guide me as an individual, a wife, a mother and a nurse. I know I can receive personal answers to my questions as I come to my Heavenly Father in prayer each day. I feel the power of the Book of Mormon as I read the words that were meant for people living in our day. I have received answers and great feelings of peace during times of trial as I have read with an open heart, seeking for direction. I am grateful for a prophet of God who leads with humility and love, directing us to the path that will lead us to happiness. That path leads to our Savior Jesus Christ. He knows me and loves me. He suffered and died for me, and that knowledge is the foundation of my testimony of this Gospel.

How I live my faith

As a member of the LDS church I actively participate in my ward by serving with the children under 12 years of age. This group of children is referred to as the Primary. Each week during our Sunday services we gather the children together for the 2nd and 3rd hours of church and teach them through music and word about their Savior and His gospel. As I serve among these children I have grown to know why it is that our Savior has counseled us to be like a child. They are so filled with love and wonder and innocence. They feel strongly the love our of our Heavenly Father and have such simple and pure faith. As a mother of small children it is amazing to teach them about the Savior and see them react as though they already know Him. They recognize His image in paintings at such a young age, it has always amazed me. Teaching my own children and the children in Primary has allowed me to feel our Savior's love for them and for me. I also have tried to live my faith as I get to know other mothers who live in my neighborhood and community. Being a mother of small children is not an easy task, and the more support and strength you have from others, the easier it is to keep an accurate perspective of what your role as a mother is. I know that being a mother is the most important thing I am doing in my life right now and I try and share my pride in that with other mothers around me. As a nurse I pray to be a tool in God's hands as I serve people on some of their darkest days. I pray to see my patients as our Savior sees them and feel His love for them. I truly have felt these prayers answered as I am able to find patience, words and abilities beyond my own capacity as I care for them. I know this is the hand of the Savior being manifested in their life and in mine.