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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a Texan. I'm a Mom. I'm an artist who also likes to take pictures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay at home mom who likes to tackle a creative project when I'm not chasing toddlers or chauffering my three kids around. Three kids in five years can sure keep a girl busy! I'm a college grad in Art History, so I love to find a way to keep my mind and creativity active. Normally that includes impromptu art projects with the kids, holiday crafting, and the occasional professional photography session. I think that the top desctiptive word for how Mike and I run our family is conscientious. Whether its by providing organic and locally grown meals, being a supportive friend and neighbor, or organizing our home in a way that best nutures our growing family, we do things with thought and purpose. We live a pretty uncluttered life; spending our evenings working in the yard or having picnics in the park. We are also a do-it-yourself kind of family who keeps busy bringing new life to our out of date home and yard. I'm also a convert, meaning that I wasn't raised a Mormon. After attending a plethora of churches in my youth, I joined the Church of Jesus Christ when I was 17 after being introudced by friends. My family, although they were initially very hesitant, is now incredibly supportive of my religious choices, although they do now accept them for their own lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon is a daily choice for me. It is not about a social choice that I made as a teenager, but about a deeply rooted belief that I am involved in a divinely appointed organization. Its about living each day according to a set of principles taught to us by the example of our Savior. It is about making each day as purposeful as you want the sum of your life to be. I make mistakes, but each day is a new day to strive to be better. When I was first learning about the church I was encouraged to pray and ask our Heavenly Father if the things the missionaries taught me were true. The moment that I offered that prayer was a pivot point in my life. Before that prayer there was confusion, after there was such clarity. I felt the Spirit so undeniably, so tangibly, that if knowledge and reason had done nothing more for me in the following ten years, I would still be on this course. As I have sought knowledge and understanding, I have continued to be blessed.

How I live my faith

I live my faith as I teach it to my children. We serve when we see a need and as we do so I teach them about how it makes Jesus happy, or how he served. We pray when someone has a scraped knee or bad dream, and they learn about faith. I also help in church in organizing compassionate service and friendship opportunities for the women. The program is called Visiting Teaching and is organized to give women the opportunity to care for and teach each other.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Melissa
While Mormons revere Joseph Smith, acknowledge him as a Prophet of God, and appreciate him for his sacrifices in the restoration of His gospel, we do not worship him. We worship only God, the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less