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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a wife, a mother of two, a full-time college student and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Family definitely comes first in my life. There's nothing better than hanging out with my husband of five years and two little girls. Whether it's going on our regular walks together, flying kites at the park, or going on trips, there is no place I'd rather be. They are truly my world. On top of being a full-time mom, I'm also a full-time student. I'm a senior at an Arizona university where I'll soon receive a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. I took a break from school after receiving an associate's but decided to return and graduate With Honors as a personal goal. I don't believe I'm the smartest person but I love learning. In addition to my love of learning, I also love traveling (altho' I've mostly only been across the U.S., Hawaii, and Puerto Rico so far), eating out at restaurants (mostly because I'm not much of a cook), attending musical and other fine arts performances, and I love being out in nature and enjoying this beautiful world we live in.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as the youngest of eight children in a very small farming community. My parents were devoted members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and, as result, I was baptized when I was 8 years old. However, it wasn't until I was in my pre-teen years that I began to develop my own testimony which I have been building upon ever since. I read the testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith and the thought came to me that if a 14 year old boy could receive a clear, direct answer to his prayers then why couldn't I? I didn't expect to have a vision but I knew that the Lord would answer me as I knelt down to pray about the truthfulness of this gospel. It was a bitter-cold, windy day. Our home was miles away from any neighbors but near a small trickling river hidden by trees and brush. I rarely ever wore shoes as a child and, as normal, left them off as I took the walk to the river to pray. I knew it would be much quieter and peaceful there since my home was small and crowded. On the way there, the cold gravel-ground began piercing my feet. There, I knelt down in humble, yet simple, prayer. Immediately, I felt a warm blanket cover my body. I no longer recognized the cold pain in my feet. I walked home knowing, without a doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true church on the face of the earth. There was not a voice or vision, only a strong feeling of sure confirmation. I have had many experiences since then too precious and sacred to me to share openly. I don't claim to be a scriptorian- I'm not even a public speaker. My faith is based on my personal experiences which no one can dispute. I know that if you read the Book of Mormon, study the teachings of the gospel, and pray with faith about it that you will receive your personal and precious answer as well. Try it.

How I live my faith

To me, living my faith is more than once-a-week attendance at Sunday meetings. On top of the weekly attendance, every aspect of my life is in accordance to my beliefs as a member of the Church. Although I'm far from perfect, I do my best to always follow the teachings of Jesus Christ- especially in loving and serving other people. My service within the Church has most recently involved working with teenage girls and helping them to build their own testimonies of the church, to experience the joy of serving our community, and to develop leadership skills that will help them in all aspects of their life.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I believe it's important to understand that every family and every individual is unique and may live in unique circumstances or with have their own customs. Not every woman in the church is a wife or mother or even a stay-at-home mom. There are many single women in the church and many haven't had the opportunity to be married and have their own children. Lots of women who are mothers have to work outside the home in order to help provide for their family. Personally, I've been able to stay home with my children during the day but I attend night classes a few days a week after my husband gets home from work. I decided that I would like to work outside the home once our children are in school but for now, I'm going to enjoy every minute with them at home. I've also been fortunate enough to have an amazing husband who works full-time to provide for our family. When he's home from work he helps me with our children, cleans the house, and does everything else that I do as a parent. And, yes, he even changes dirty diapers! We are truly a team. We support each other in every aspect of our parenthood duties. Show more Show less