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Hi I'm Melissa

I grew up near San Francisco, I studied photography and now I'm having fun photographing my husband & 2 daughters. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am sister to 4 brothers so I felt very comfortable about the thought of being married and having sons one day. However when my husband and I started our family with 2 daughters I became very nervous at first since because I didn't have much experience with sisterhood. But its amazing how the point of this life is to have joy and to learn and grow in areas you may have very little experience in and my children have taken care of that. I live each day with an attitude of gratitude for not only my family but also for my triumphs AND trials. I am constantly trying to learn new things and rediscover the simple ones with my children's observations of this amazing world. I carry an eternal perspective which helps me to remain focused on what is really important in this life. I am labeled as a happy person and I know it is because of my knowledge of Jesus Christ. I am a wife, mother, sister, photographer and a friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon in a wonderful family however my personal choice and conviction came many years after I left home. After I graduated college my eldest brother and I were on a road trip and we became involved in a very serious car accident in which my brother and I should have died or at least have shattered bodies with permanent limitations. But through the grace of our Heavenly Father we both walked away without a single broken bone. That experience caused me to reflect on my life and what I was truly striving after. I came to understand my Savior's love for me and how I needed to dedicate my life to the right path I had been taught. I know I should have left this earth that day and so every morning I wake up and I smile and say a quick "Thank you " to my Heavenly Father for letting me tarry another day. I am a Mormon and a Christian not from family tradition but from personal ponderings, prayer and conviction.

How I live my faith

I am privileged to teach the young children of our ward the very basic beliefs of our church. It always amazes me how children are very quick to understand and believe in Jesus Christ. They always seem to have a reverence for him as if they remember meeting him before. They earnestly try to control their impulses and to think about what Jesus would do. I am a visiting teacher who takes great joy in serving women in the ward whom I may never get a chance to socialize with since we are in different stations of life. The support we give one another is amazing and for someone who was raised with 4 brothers it is so nice to have an immediate sisterhood.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

I was taught and I firmly believe that if you have anything in your life that you are truly addicted to whether it be shopping, chocolate or something else, that you need to regain control of yourself and your desires. Don't allow things to determine your mood or happiness. The Lord wants us to be masters of ourselves and so things like coffee, tea and alcohol are proven to be addictive and so the Lord has protected us by giving us this commandment so we wouldn't have to find out the hard way of how controlling these substances could be. Show more Show less