What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Melia

I grew up a daughter of a navy man. I teach math and seminary. I homeschool. I am a wife and mother of three. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a child, we moved every so often to different bases on the west and east coast and spent some time in Idaho near a naval power plant. After Papa retired, we moved to Missouri where I graduated from high school and attended college; then received my masters degree in Math Education at a university. Since graduating from university, I've taught high school, served a mission in South Korea, become a wife to a wonderful man and a mother to three beautiful girls. I now homeschool my two older girls and teach a math class for homeschoolers. I also teach an early morning religious studies class to high school students every weekday.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I've grown up in this church, I have prayed to know if the things I've learned are true. I have felt the peace that comes from knowing that I am on the right path, as well as the warm feelings as the Spirit testifies of true principles. I have found my life is so much more joyful and fulfilling when I try to live according to the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I put into practice the teachings that I learn, I know my life will improve because it does get better. That doesn't mean that things are perfect in my life, but it does mean that my attitude improves as well as my ability to handle difficult situations. I know that Christ is my Savior and that He knows my joys and sorrows and will help me through every situation in life.

How I live my faith

Every day I teach my children and other children the truth about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I try to instill good habits in my children, and we do that by example and invitation. Every morning I begin by saying a prayer and then preparing for my morning seminary class. In class, we talk about the scriptures and what we can take and apply from those verses we have studied. After the morning class, I spend the day with my daughters and help them as they say their prayers and learn to be kind to each other. I am not perfect, so I continually ask for help from my Heavenly Father. Once a week on Mondays, we have a family meeting where we talk about any topic that my husband and I decide is important to our family. We always try to input some fun with an activity and treat for our girls. Before they go to bed, we will sing a church song or hymn and say a family prayer together. Outside of my daily activities, I try to live my faith by always being honest in all my dealings and true to my beliefs. I try to take hold of serving opportunities when they are presented. I live my faith by making a commitment to do what the Lord would have me do. He doesn't expect perfection from me yet, thankfully.