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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a mother of a 9 month old boy. I love to dance and I'm a social worker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to bake and I love to have fun! I teach Zumba and love to Latin dance. I have a joy for learning and enjoy the little things in life. I am a mom of a little boy and have a loving husband who studies hard and plays harder. I like to run and enjoy a 5k or half marathon every once in a while and if I'm feeling really crazy maybe even a Ragnar Relay. I'm a social worker at heart and love to help those in need.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the gospel! It brings me true joy to know that I can be with my family not only for this life, but for eternity. There is so much emphasis on family and love in the gospel that it really helps keep perspective of what is truly important in life. One of my favorite quotes is by President David O. McKay (a previous prophet of the church) that says, "no other success can compensate for failure in the home". As a social worker I see so many families being torn apart by drugs/alcohol, money, lack of respect and so many other things that I find great peace in knowing that I can count on my family values to help get us through the tough times. I'm not saying that we are perfect and are not affected by things, but our faith provides a strong foundation of family values that helps us strive to love one another as Jesus loved and it helps me to be a better person.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite things about Sunday is getting to teach the young children during Sunday school. I get to teach the 5 and 6 year old children and if you have ever worked with children you will know that they can be so sweet and so honest! I am always so impressed with how much they know and how much they have been taught in their homes. Sometimes I feel like they should be the ones teaching me and actually I often learn more from them than they probably do from me. It is amazing to hear a 5 year old child respond to the questions I ask with such maturity and confidence. One little girl in response to a question about prayer told me of how she prayed for her grandfather who was needing surgery and prayed that he would get through the surgery safely and be healthy again. Another child told me that if you cannot pray out loud that you can always pray in your heart and that the Lord will speak to you in your heart when you listen quietly to Him. I love little children!! As a member of the church I also get to take part in what we call visiting teaching. It's our way of making sure that every one is taken care of and that people's needs don't go unmet. Another member and I take time to go and visit with a few of the other women in the ward and share a spiritual thought with them. We are always checking to see if they are in need, great or small and then see how we can get that need filled. Many times these visits to the women develop into great friendships. When I think of visiting teaching I think of Lilo from Lilo and Stitch when she talks about Ohana, no one is left behind or forgotten.