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Hi I'm Melissa Fifita

I am Tongan, German and 2nd generation Latter-day Saint. I enjoy being at home raising my 5 children soon to be 6. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father is German Irish and mother is Tongan. They both were converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was raised in the gospel after their conversion. I was born in Hawaii till I was 5, moved to California and have lived here ever since. I am the oldest of 4 siblings. I met my husband at a young adult fireside and have been married to him for 21 years. We have 5 children and 1 one the way. Our oldest is currently serving Retalhuleu Mission in Guatemala. There was a time in my life when I thought of pursuing a career, then when I was pregnant with my oldest, my husband and I realized my place was to be at home. I quit my job before our oldest was born and have been home with our children ever since, with an exception of going back to work for a year. Finances have been tight off and on throughout our 21 years of marriage, but it has been a blessing being at home full-time with our children. I am a nurturer, nurse, coach, science project assistant, scout coach, grocer, financial clerk, dancer, lip sync-er to all of the kids favorite songs, adviser to boy/girl situations, fashion consultant, etc. I love my eternal calling and that is being a full-time mom.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by parents to love and to live the gospel. I knew when I was eight that I wanted to be baptized like Jesus; to be a disciple of Christ. When I was in my teens I still knew this gospel was true and believed my Savior lives, but wanted a testament of my Savior of my own. So I read the Book of Mormon, along with fasting, and prayer. When I finished the Book of Mormon, I knew what I read was true. I prayed asking Heavenly Father to testify to me what I read was true. I didn't receive an answer right away. We had Youth Conference that year, it was on the Book of Mormon, all the youth were asked to share their testimony of the Book of Mormon. I remember getting up not knowing what I was going to say. When it was my turn, I was overwhelmed with a burning in my heart and tears filled my eyes, telling me that what I read was true. Same feeling I had when I was baptized, this gospel was true. I knew then and still do now, this church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints is true. Joseph Smith restored this gospel on the earth. He also saw God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. The scriptures are true. The Book of Mormon is another testament of our Savior. We are lead by a living prophet of God, President Thomas S. Monson. The Savior lives and knows me by name. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

How I live my faith

As I mentioned before both my parents are converts to the church. My mom was baptized in Tonga when she was a youth. My father was baptized when he met my mother after they were married. Both of my parents have been an example of service to the Lord throughout my life. Despite all the callings they have held, the number one calling they always have fulfilled was a home and visiting teacher. I carry on with that same attribute today. Visiting teaching is a very important calling to me. I have served in various callings: from primary chorister, to a 2nd counselor in the stake Young Women Presidency. Visiting with my sisters and meeting with them and their families I enjoy the most. I remember one occasion, my family helped out passing gifts to families who were of need for Christmas. Some of theses families were my visiting teaching families. So with the help of my children, we were secret Santa elves. Our plan was to go to these houses, each child taking turns placing the gifts down at the front door, the other to ring the bell, while the young ones stayed in the car. Sounded like a good plan. We approached a home, my oldest placed it at the door, while his sister was about to ring the door bell, a huge German Shepard jumped out to the front door and barked loud. I was in the van waiting with the 3 younger ones, had no idea the barked scared my 2 kids so bad, my oldest took off forgetting his sister. All he said was to run. As he approached the van he looked back to see where his sister was at, she fell from running. He went back to get her and both ran back to the van. They both said mom drive. We drove around to see if they took the gifts. We can see inside the front window the family crying, hugging, and laughing. Despite the fright they had or the fall my daughter felt, all of us felt what it was like to be like Christ for that moment. My children also understood what the purpose of a home or visiting teacher is: care, be a friend, and to love one another.