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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a reader, a sew-er, a knitter, an animal lover, a friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a librarian, so it's no surprise that I love to read. I'm usually fostering a dog or cat for the animal shelter, so there's a revolving door of animals in my house, along with my own pets. The travel bug bit me when I was in high school and I was an exchange student to Russia and served for a year and a half as a missionary in Belgium and the Netherlands. I'd love to go abroad more, but in the meantime, I'm still an armchair world traveler. My primary hobby for the past twenty-five years or so has been knitting, though it fell to the wayside when I was in high school and working on my bachelor's degree. Learning how to read and knit at the same time was a life saver in graduate school, though--doing homework is much more interesting when it meant I could enjoy hobby-time at the same time! I also enjoy sewing and fashion and dreaming of ways to paint and decorate my house.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I've been active in the faith all my life, but eventually you have to decide for yourself whether you actually believe or are just stuck in a rut because it's familiar. In my life, my testimony has grown gradually, almost imperceptibly. I can't point out a particular exact time and place where I first came to know that I needed Jesus Christ to save me from myself, or that God had called prophets and restored His true church and that I needed to be part of it. That understanding has deepened and grown over time, little by little, just like I don't remember growing taller from a little girl to a full-grown adult. But here I am, all grown up, and I KNOW that I'm where God wants me to be and that the gospel that is taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I'm here because I hunger for this truth and it fills me spiritually and intellectually and in every part of my life.

How I live my faith

Our church is run by a lay ministry and leadership and teaching assignments rotate among the members of a congregation on a fairly regular basis every few years. I'm currently a volunteer leader in the women's organization of my local congregation, which involves a lot of planning (events, service projects, etc), and a lot of visiting of the women and families in our congregation. It takes work to make things happen, but it's humbling to see people in need and know that God is using you as His hands to help them. When I think of "How I live my faith", what comes to mind more than church assignments, though, are the little things that aren't as visible--I try to make time to pray to God and study His word on a daily basis. I want to have a closer relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ, and to apply His teachings in every aspect of my life, from how I treat the people I see every day, to how I spend my free time and how I take care of myself.