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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a mother of 4 children, one of which is Autistic. I love to sing, teach dance, blog, and write novels. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Some of my favorite things in life are: singing, dancing (either teaching others to dance or just dancing to my ipod while doing the dishes), free-lance writing and more recently writing fun, light-heart love stories, sewing, baking goodies and sharing them with others, dragon boat racing, and having quiet moments to sit and think or read a good book. I also love spending time with my small family of 6 (ha!) Even with all the craziness of school schedule, music practice, dance, homework, constant spills and messes to clean and endless nights of staying up with a sick baby...I love it all! Nothing brings me more happiness than my family around me and knowledge that they are mine forever. Runny-noses and all!

Why I am a Mormon

Ever person in their life has to make choices for themselves and decide for themselves by searching out and learning the truth. Even though I have been a member my whole life, as I became an adult, I realized I couldn't live on borrowed light and that I needed to know for myself if the Book of Mormon was true. If the teaches of the prophets were true. If God really was speaking to us and was what I was being taught His Words and will for me? By taking this step seriously, and praying intently and searching the scriptures, I remember the warm, comforting feeling I received and the sure knowledge that what I had learned was true and made sense and gave me meaning and purpose to my life. Since then, I continue to ask for affirmation and continue to search and seek the truth, and because of strong witnesses from the Holy Ghost, I feel confident in walking each day knowing that the only source of truth and light comes from our Heavenly Father and was exemplified through His Son and My Savior, Jesus Christ. Though the world continues to try to change and evolve, I know that God's ways are constant and I can rely on Him to show us the way, and how we can truly be happy. Even when tough times come, I can take the challenges head on and ask the Lord to show me the way through it, for I know there is a purpose to all things and something to be learned from our trails. With confidence in Him, he has shown us the way and won't leave us to work it out for ourselves. I'm so grateful that God still speaks today and that we have a living Prophet again on the earth to share his messages with us. I am so grateful for the thousands of people who have given up their lives for my sake to have the Bible and Book of Mormon, and wouldn't deny, even in the face of death, that they knew these books were true. I am grateful that my Heavenly Father has a plan for us to return to Him and that he truely wants us to be happy like Him.

How I live my faith

I am a woman who wants to create beauty and share what precious knowledge I have with others that makes my life so meaningful and purposeful. What gets me through each day (other than my hidden stash of mommies chocolate) is knowing that what I am doing has a bigger purpose and either a positive or negative end result. To many people leave other activities and influences be their childrens' teacher, and I am finding in a world of confusion and changing values, I need to be the beacon and lighthouse for my children to show them a safe path through troubling and turbulent waters. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, is also my lighthouse and shows me the way so that I may teach and rear my children to be upstanding, caring, responsible adults someday. To show them the way doesn't happen here or there, it has to happen little by little, by small and simple examples each day. We start by having family prayer in the morning and asking God to watch over our children and to help them make good choices each day. Idealy, we try to read from the scriptures to know what our Heavenly Father would like us to know, and then we end with family scripture and prayer to thank Heavenly Father for each wonderful day of opportunities that came to us. To show our gratitude for what he gives us, we strive to always to give more to others around us. My family and I have secret service missions where we bake yummy goodies, and then leave those goodies behind on someone's doorstep that we felt might need a pick-me up, or needed to know they were thought of that day. Then the kids doorbell ditch and run away leaving only a note that wishes them a Happy Sunday, from the Secret Service Elves. My kids love this and hopefully will recognize the good feelings they have by serving others.