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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a homeschooling mom. I love to read. I cook for a PKU diet. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Life sure takes us to unexpected places. I grew in the Southwest United States but moved to the Northeast when I married my husband. Sometimes it is difficult to live so far away from my family, but I've learned I can find the support I need from the caring individuals at church. God does not leave us comfortless! When my husband and I were dating, he informed me he had PKU, a genetic metabolic disorder. I didn't think much about it, but knew, when we got married and had children that it was a possibility for my children to also have it. Little did I know that I was a carrier. We have two children with PKU and two without. We also found out that the weird diet my husband was on as a child was something he needed to follow now. I had to learn to cook two meals: one without high protein foods with limited grains, and one for the "regular" diets. I've really learned to appreciate fruits and vegetables! When I was little, I always wanted to be a mom when I grew up, and if that didn't happen, then I wanted to be teacher. Now I do both! I homeschool my four children. There is so much joy in teaching them and seeing their minds unfold. It is also very challenging, and continually brings me to my knees. Homeschooling is forcing me to become a better person, to move Godward. It also gives me the opportunity to continue learning. Not, that I mind that, I'm a real bookworm.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon. It wasn't always easy to have different values than my peers, but as I obeyed the commandments I learned about from my parents and at church, I saw how they blessed my life. When I was 15, I read ALL the way through the book of Mormon for the first time by myself, determined to know for myself that it was true. One day, as I was reading it, I realized that every time I read it, I felt a peace come over me. I felt light and enlightened. I realized that this was the Spirit of God confirming its truthfulness. Since then, I have had many more witnesses. I am a Mormon because I know it to be Christ's restored church here on earth. I am a Mormon because I learn principles that help me have a happy family. I am a Mormon because I receive strength from the covenants, or promises, I have made with God at baptism and in the temple. I am a Mormon, because I want to be His and live with Him someday.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is so much more than attending church on Sunday. I try to make scripture study and prayer a vital part of my everyday life. It is so important to "treasure up the words of life." We also study and pray as a family every morning. I enjoy teaching my children hymns. I love sacred music. I sing in the choir at church. I'm the one they depend on to hit the high notes! I also am blessed to teach the 3 and 4 year olds on Sundays. They are so much fun! I love their enthusiasm for life. One of the great blessings in my life is the way church members are assigned to help lift and help one another. I've made some wonderful friends with people that are very different than me, people that didn't have much in common with me, but as I served them, our hearts were knit together in love. Now they help me as much as I helped them. All God's children have value and worth.