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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a mom of four boys. I'm a sociologist. I'm a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Southern Utah as the oldest child of six girls and one boy. My dad worked for a farmer, so while we certainly had most of our needs provided for, my parents struggled from paycheck to paycheck. Looking back, I really don't know how the did what they did, but I'm so grateful for the sacrifices they made for me and my siblings. They taught me the value of work, the power of prayer and faith, and the value of spending money wisely. It was their example and faith that gave me the drive and ability to go to college and continue on to graduate school. I knew that when I felt like quitting that there were people at home who believed in me and loved me. Because of their example, I was interested in studying society. I knew that even though my family didn't have a lot when I was growing up, it was because of them that I was able to go to school and be successful. As a sociologist, I learned what an important impact the family has on individuals and on society as a whole. I learned that when families break down, society breaks down. This knowledge has been instrumental to me in raising my four boys. My husband and I have made it our goal to put our family first. This sometimes means that I sacrifice my career or my own desires. I still find time to teach an on-line sociology class, but my primary goal is to make my kids my top priority. I know this will bless their lives and my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt the Holy Ghost confirm to me Jesus is my Savior and Redeemer and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints his true church. I have always been a member of this Church and while I was growing up, I believed it was truly the Church of Jesus Christ. However, when I was in college, I had an experience that caused me to wonder if the church was true. I remember one night in particular. I felt frustrated and confused. Was this church really God's church? Did Jesus Christ really appear to Joseph Smith when he was a 14 year old boy? Did I really want to devote my life to this way of life? I knew that it was time for me to find out for myself. I knew that I needed to know. I couldn't just rely on the testimony of others. I needed to know for myself. I remember kneeling down and first asking God if Jesus Christ lived and if he loved me. A powerful sensation washed over me. I knew that God is real and that he loves me very much. I then pleaded with God. I told Him of my concerns and worries and frustration. I asked for him to help my unbelief. I then asked to know if the Gospel that I had loved and believed in all my life to that point was correct. Had God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ appeared to the boy Joseph? Did God reveal and restore His full Gospel to the Earth through Joseph Smith? Did He still speak to his prophets today? To all my questions, I received a similar witness as I had felt when I asked if Jesus Christ lived and loved me. I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ is in fact his true church on the Earth and that I wanted to do all I could to live by its teachings. I have to say that next to the principle that families can be together forever, this teaching brings me the most peace. No one has ever told me that I had to believe something. I know that if I have a question that I can get an answer through the Holy Ghost. I know that if I live the teachings of this Gospel that I will be truly happy.

How I live my faith

Living my faith brings me happiness and joy. I have great peace in knowing that I have a pattern for the way I should live to be happy. This pattern was set for all of us by our Savior Jesus Christ. Truly if we follow him, have faith on his name, and do as he would have us do, that we will be happy. However, in today's day and age, it is often difficult to know what to do when we stand at a crossroad. What would Jesus do when two equally promising roads present themselves? In times like these, I am indeed grateful for Scriptures, prayer, and a modern day prophet who acts as a mouthpiece for Jesus Christ himself. The prophet has counseled me to avoid watching inappropriate movies and other forms of pornography, to stay away from drugs and alcohol, and to avoid the use of coffee and tea. All of these things though seemingly harmless in some instances have protected me against harmful addictions. The prophet has also counseled me to read Scriptures daily, both individually and with my family, to hold weekly family meetings and activities, and to pray daily, both individually and with my family. This counsel has had a great impact on me and my family. We are closer to each other because of this and have felt an increase of love. The prophet has also counseled me to serve other people. I do this through visiting other women that go to church with me, taking in meals to people who are sick or are having a hard time, and doing my best with responsibilities I've been given at church. I currently get to teach 14 and 15 year old teens about the New Testament. I learn a lot in this capacity and hopefully my students do too. I love feeling like I can be of service to those around me. The most important way that I can live my faith is living my life in a way that I know would please my Savior. I wish I could say that I always did this, but I know as long as I try, that God will help me. I know that by doing his will that I will truly be happy.