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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a wife and mother, a nurse and homemaker. I love sushi and chocolate chip cookies. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Seattle area enjoying many things that I still love--riding horses, playing soccer, running, and hiking with my family. I knew in high school that I wanted to be a nurse and received my bachelor's degree in nursing and RN just a few weeks before my first child was born. I now have four wonderful children. I love helping others. I had great experiences working in hospital and home settings as a nurse that helped me better understand how to help as Christ would. I'm currently very happy to be at home full time with my children. My family and faith are my greatest joys and blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the peace and joy that the gospel brings to my life. I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon and that this is Christ's church on the earth today. I was raised in a family in which both my parents, grandparents, and generations before them were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons. I had always enjoyed going to church as a child. When I reached junior high school, I began to have personal challenges in my life that I needed help with. I was then learning about the life of Jesus in the New Testament of the Bible in a youth scripture class I attended each school day. I had always been taught to read my scriptures, pray to ask God for help, and look to the example of Christ's life. I decided to do this, in earnest, for myself and began to read to Book of Mormon alone early each morning. I began to notice changes in how I felt as I did this, and as I prayed. I felt peace, direction, and happiness. I saw how the Book of Mormon was filled with Christ's teachings, just as the New Testament. I committed to put more effort into living the teachings of the church and use it as a guide for how to live my life. I still enjoy the blessings of peace and happiness that come from being a Mormon. I love that I am daily learning from the scriptures and my prayers, as well as from attending church meetings and my association with others there. I have direction in my life. I have answers to questions and problems when I seek them. Being a Mormon brings true happiness to my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through daily prayers and scripture reading, as well as by seeking to serve others and to do God's will in my life. A large part of how I live my faith is also regularly attending the temple. I help at church as needed and have done a wide variety of things, from being a part of planning activities and printing programs, to teaching in the organizations for women, youth and children and serving in the respective presidencies. I feel that the greatest way I live my faith is by applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ and seeking to bless the lives of those around me as He would have me.