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Hi I'm Melissa.

I grew up in Indiana. I'm married to my high school sweetheart. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of five children. I know that being the big sister has shaped me to be the one who nurtures and cares for others. My husband and I have been married for over 20 years. We have three children. I love taking care of my family and enjoy the fact that we have teenagers! I get less sleep now than when they were little, but that's okay. I have a degree in Elementary Education and I taught Kindergarten and second grade before choosing to stay home with my own kiddos. I was my youngest brother's Kindergarten teacher! That was pretty cool. I like to walk, bike, mow the yard (I really do for some reason), shop and spend time with friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, my parents joined the church while they were in Germany. My dad was in the Army. My mom was pregnant with me. So when I was born, they were members of the church. However, whether a person is born into the church or is a convert later in life, you still have to decide what you believe. I'm not a member simply because my parents are. I have studied, read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. I know that this is Christ's church on the earth, restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. To me, being a member of Christ's church is more than just attending meetings on Sunday. It is who I am and who I'm trying to be. It's striving to be like Jesus Christ, it's living my life in a way so that I can live with my Heavenly Father again. I couldn't do that just because my parents wanted me to. I have to think about my choices each day and try to live my life in such a way that I am becoming more like Him.

How I live my faith

Through the years I've served in various ways. Currently I am a 'Seminary Teacher'. I teach the youth in grades 9-12. This year we are studying the Old Testament. I admit, it's a challenge. Both because they are TEENAGERS and because our class meets in my home every morning before school - at 6:10 a.m. Can you imagine a 15 or 16 year old choosing to get up an hour earlier just to study the scriptures? They often come to class sleepy. Sometimes they perk up, sometimes they don't. But they are there. While it is a challenge, it's also been a great blessing in my life. I know that I am learning more than they are as I study and prepare for the lesson. I have become much more aware of our Heavenly Father's love for us and I know that He has a plan for each one of us and He and our Savior, Jesus Christ, are there for us. When I was younger I remember hearing people say that Jesus is their best friend. I never really understood that because I couldn't figure out how you could be best friends with someone who wasn't 'there'. But I have grown to understand that He is 'there' even though I can't see Him. I know that He loves me and understands me and I now I can truly say that He is my best friend.