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Hi I'm Melissa

I am a stay at home mom. I have a wonderful husband, 5 kids, and 2 dogs (who are like my kids). I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love to cook and read. I have a love for animals, music, poetry, and photography. My greatest passion and love is for my family though. My favorite things in life revolve around them. Waking up to the little one's giggles and laughter while my husband pulls me closer for one last snuggle before starting the day. Listening to music and watching them dance, especially when Daddy dances with his little girl and I dance with my special boys. Helping the kids learn something new. Rocking and singing them to sleep and then holding them and gazing at their beautiful, angelic faces in wonder and gratitude. Watching them help and play with each other and seeing their imaginations take flight. Laughing because of the silly things they do and say. Listening to them sing with their sweet voices. Watching them succeed. Having them run to me when the get off the bus, throw their arms around me, and tell me that they love me. Receiving dandelions or clovers that they picked for me. Hearing them tell me I am beautiful or the best Mommy. Calming them after a bad day or a fall. Seeing them run to Daddy when he gets home and telling him how much they missed him. Watching Daddy hold them tight and breath them in because he missed them too. Reading the kids stories or, even better, them reading to me! Listening to them pray to their Heavenly Father. And at the end of the day, curling up next to my husband and relaxing.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church but struggled and fell away in my youth. My family and friends never gave up on me so the church was never really out of my life. After I got married and had kids, my husband and children made me want to be a better person but I knew that I needed The Lord to truly be the best person I could be. Trials in my life strengthened me and showed me the goodness of our Father in Heaven and now my faith in The Lord and His gospel are unwavering. I still have a lot of weaknesses but little by little, through trial and prayer, I can see myself becoming the woman that The Lord wants me to be and the wife and mother my family needs me to be. My husband and children have been Heavenly Father's greatest gift to me and are a constant reminder of His goodness and grace. I could never deny Him after seeing my children enter this world, after seeing their unconditional love and humility. I look at the world around me, full of impossible beauty and unexplainable wonders and can't imagine how I could ever deny that there is a God and that He loves us. I have felt His forgiveness, I have felt His love. I have received answers to my prayers. He has granted me peace during times of anguish. No, I could never deny that there is a God and that He loves each and every one of us. There is no crime He will not forgive, no sin too big to come back from. His compassion and grace can touch us all if we let Him. I love my Father in Heaven. I love my brother Jesus Christ. I know that they are always there, watching us, guiding us. All we have to do is let them in. I know that Thomas S Monson is a prophet of God. I grew up hearing stories about him and he is a pretty amazing person. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and founded this church with the help of the Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ, and Heavenly Father. I have been to Palmyra and felt the peace and love that fills those woods. I love this Gospel and I know of it's truth. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I have been a Sunday School teacher to the 3-4 year olds and the 12-16 year olds. I have also been a chorister. I was recently asked to help organize get togethers for the women in the ward. I haven't gotten a chance to help with one yet but I'm very excited to start! We share spiritual messages, learn new things, and have fun. I also go out every month and share a message with other sisters in the ward. This has been a blessing to me as I struggle with being very shy in large groups. Visiting teaching has helped me meet people in a one on one setting and I have made some great friends this way.