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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm an academic librarian living in Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah, a member of the LDS church all my life. After my undergraduate degree in astronomy, I decided to further pursue my education and do something I've always loved - read and share books with others. I became a librarian and started working as an academic librarian, helping students to find what they're looking for. My husband and I have been married for five years and have not been able to have children because of health problems. I enjoy camping and hiking and generally being in the outdoors. I like to read books all the time, often devouring over 100 books in a year. I blog about what I read so I can share the love of literature with as many people as I can! We currently swelter in the Arizona summers and revel in the Arizona winters.

Why I am a Mormon

Originally, I was a Mormon because it was just what was expected, my parents and all my older siblings were members and growing up in Utah, most everyone around me was. As I got into my teenage years, I began to really have a desire to know if what I'd believed and been told all my life was true. I continued to study the scriptures and pray and received no particular confirmation. It was not until I looked back on those experiences that I recognized the many small confirmations to my soul that this was the church with all of the truth. Since that time, I have continued to build my testimony, a little at a time, piece by piece, but I do know the Savior Jesus Christ is real. He came to Earth and he lived and died for us. His way is the only way to truly be happy in this life and to overcome the guilt and sins of our past.

How I live my faith

My husband and I teach the very young children at church. Kids aged 18 months to 3 years come to our class and we play, pray, sing, and teach them the basic beliefs of our church. It is especially important to help them recognize that they are children of God and loved by him and by Jesus Christ. It is sometimes stressful and chaotic, but it is a constant reminder of the purity of children and the importance of learning very young how important we each are to God.