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Hi I'm Melissa Andrews

I have fibromyalgia and I beleive in the Grace of God that gives us strength beyind our own capacities. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of four children and I stay at home to care for them. I went to Brigham Young University and graduated with a degree in Biology Education. Though I planned on teaching High School, I am greatful to be able to stay at home and use my knowledge in raising my children. Some of the things I love to do include reading, gardening, drawing, hiking and being outdoors. As a youth, I participated in Cross Country and Track and I continue to jog as a mother to maintain my health. Most of the things I want to do are limited by the disease of fibromyalgia. I suffer daily pain and am learning how to find happiness in my limited abilities. There is always more I desire to do in my heart that my body cannot keep up with. Having this challenge in life has brought me closer to Jesus Christ as I have had to learn to call upon him to help me perform my daily duties as a mother, wife, and church member. Though I was quite shy as a child, one thing I have come to love more than anything else, is meeting new people and visiting with those I already know and love.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I grew up believing in God, our Father, and in the atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ. When I was 14, a good friend of mine questioned my beliefs: "How can you really beleive that Joseph Smith, some young boy, really saw God and Jesus Christ? That just sounds like a crazy story to me." I felt foolish that I couldn't respond confidently to this question, so I went home determinded to find out for myself if the religion I was being raised in was truly God's church. I read the entire Book of Mormon and prayed about it over and over, asking God to hear and answer me because I truly desired to know His will. In response to my earnest prayers, a peaceful voice reached into my mind and said, "Thou knowest that these wrods are true, my child." I great feeling of joy and lightness enveloped me. I logically concluded that if the Book of Mormon was true, then Joseph Smith, who translated this amazing book, must also be a prophet of God. Again, this thought process was confirmed as truth in my heart by the Spirit of the Lord. What I had wanted to believe all my life, know became a sure knowledge for me. I knew I could never deny what happened to me in that moment . . . it was a private, sacred, life-changing communion with God. Though I had many questions as I grew in the knowledge of the doctrines of the Gospel, I never again have doubted the truthfulness of this organization as the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I feel a constant reassurance through the Holy Spirit as I live by its principles, that this work is the Lord's work on this Earth. That Jesus Christ lived a perfect life of love and compassion and then chose to suffer and die for mankind so that we may again return to the presence of God is the center of all I beleive and determines my motives and desires in this life. Living this way brings me great joy, satisfaction, and confidence.

How I live my faith

When I wake up, I kneel in prayer and seek the Lord's guidance in my daily life. I also repent of my worng-doings. I pray with my husband; we pray for our children and for those we love. We pray as a family each morning and night. On Mondays our family has a family night where we pray, sing songs, and share a message or lesson about our values and beliefs. Afterwards we play games and have dessert together. Every evening my husband and I read the scriptures with our children. Sometimes we read the New Testament, sometimes the Book of Mormon. As my children go to bed, I pray with each one of them individually . . . I pray for the things they are personally in need of and express my love and gratitude for them. On Sundays we attend church meetings and also set the entire day aside for worshipping the Lord. We do this by refraining from entertainment and other ordianry activities. Instead we focus our day on things that teach, uplift, and strengthen us spiritually such as visiting the sick, studying the scriptures, and writing in our journals. One thing I love to do on the sabbath is research my family history and genealogy. My faith is a daily part of my life. I feel my main roles as a Daughter of God are to nurture and strengthen my family and share the gospel. The reason my husband and I chose for me to stay at home instead of work is so that I can fulfill this role as a mother. When my children are at school I am able to care for the home and family. Because I do not work, I have time to make visits with the missionaries, serve at church--right now I help with teaching our elementary age children--and visit members in our congregation who are in need of temporal or spiritual support. Often on Saturdays our family is involved in community sevice or other service projects. In no other thing I have done in my life have I found as much satisfaction, confidence, and contentment as I have in fulfilling my role as a mother, wife, and teacher.