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Hi I'm Melissa

I was born in Chile and grew up in the US. My mom was raised Catholic, my dad was raised Mennonite. I'm a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to cook, sing, stamp and craft. I have a Bachelor's degree in Family Resources and Human Development that I have only used as a wife and mother. Someday I hope to further my education. In the meantime, my full-time job is caring for my husband, children and home. I come from an interesting mix of backgrounds and cultures. My dad was raised on a Midwest farm as a Mennonite. Much of his family is still Amish. My mom is Chilean and was raised Catholic. Me? Well, I didn't have a specific religion until I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 19. I knew about God and Jesus Christ but didn't really attend worship services except during the summers when I lived with my grandparents. Now, my life is centered around my religion. I worship on Sundays, but try to live my religion EVERYDAY! I love the Lord and know He loves me too! I am a whole list of things to many different people. I am a singer. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a child of God. I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up as part of a divorced family, all I ever wanted was stability and the typical white picket fence lifestyle. One of the main things that attracted me to the Church was the emphasis on the family. I LOVE how me being a stay-at-home wife and mother is not out of the norm. No one questions why I have a degree I have never used for financial gain. I love that our church leaders stress the importance of a strong family and reflect that commitment in the things they urge us to do. I am a Mormon because through the gospel of Jesus Christ I have found a peace and strength I would not otherwise have known. I choose to follow Christ because I know it is the right thing to do.

How I live my faith

Each month, I have the privilege of visiting with several women from our congregation (called a ward) and we discuss our lives and concerns whether they be physical, emotional, spiritual or otherwise. We are encouraged to discuss a message from the monthly church magazine, the Ensign. We often discuss scriptures and messages from church leaders and how they relate to each of us individually. I also have weekly responsibilities of working with the young women aged 12-13. We have fun midweek activities which I help plan and supervise. On Sundays, we also meet together for spiritual lessons. I take turns teaching every few weeks. I love seeing the gospel through their fresh eyes! They have so much energy and so much potential it is a joy to be around them! They make me smile :) Mainly, I live my faith each day with prayers (both family and individual) and working to live the Golden Rule and raise my children to follow it as well. I choose to be honest and modest and follow the Savior.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Melissa
Some things that tell me there is a God are tiny details that often escape us in the busy-ness of life. One example is an apple. When you cut it cross-wise, you can see how the seeds are in a pattern of a star and I don't know how such tiny details could come about by accident. Also, I have felt God's presence in my life when I am sad, happy or struggling to make a decision. Sometimes, it is a prayer answered through someone else at just the right time. I feel His love and know He is there. Show more Show less