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Hi I'm Melissa

I grew up in northern California, I am a college graduate, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After growing up in California I went to college to study mathematics and human development. I met my husband while attending school and I love spending time with him. No one is perfect, but he's the perfect man for me! We have two little boys and I feel so lucky to be able to stay home with them every day and watch them grow. I grew up with all brothers so I'm used to having boys around! In my spare time I like to read, watch movies, and jog outside. I miss having an opportunity to sing in a choir, but I keep music in my life through playing the piano.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all my life, and I am so very grateful for my parents who taught me right from wrong and how I can be happy by keeping God's commandments. When I was a child I relied heavily on the testimonies of my parents to help me know how to act, but when I was in middle school I decided I needed to know for myself if this church was true. I didn't want to keep the commandments and go to church just because my parents wanted me to. I wanted to make that decision for myself. I remember reading the Book of Mormon and praying that Heavenly Father would help me know if it was a true book. It took me a few months to read the Book of Mormon on my own, but as I read it I felt such an overwhelming peace come over me. I knew that the Book of Mormon was true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God who had restored the gospel to the earth, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true church. My testimony has carried me through many experiences, as my peers challenged my beliefs and after I left home for college. Because of my faith in God and in His teachings, I was able to pray and make important decisions, such as what to study in school, who to marry in the temple for eternity, and when to start having children. I know that Heavenly Father will always answer my prayers and that He cares about me because I am a child of God. I know that I can be with my family forever after being married in the temple, if I am obedient to God's commandments and strive to always be a better person.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by daily strengthening my testimony and trying to be a better person. I look forward to reading my scriptures each morning because they teach me how to obey God's commandments and they fill me with peace. When I consistently read my scriptures and pray to my Heavenly Father, my days seem to go smoother and I feel happier. I look forward to teaching my children stories from the scriptures and helping them prepare to be baptized at age 8. I currently serve as the pianist in my ward's children's class, and I enjoy using music to teach gospel principles to the children.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

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