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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a Mormon. I'm a wife, I'm a mother, I kayak

About Me

I was born into the Church and had to struggle with whether all that I was taught was true and if it held meaning to me. As a youth I was a bit shy, I questioned my worth. This left me searching to know if God knew me, if I had any purpose. At 19, was at college, I knew that I did not have answers about my own life, but that if anyone would, God should. I recognized that I did believe the many things I was taught as I was growing. I recalled two specific answers to prayers from my childhood that kept me grounded in early years. Living away from home, I lost some direction and purpose. I continued to struggle. Prayed a lot. Weeks later, I had a personal experience that left me filled with deep rich feelings, of my smallness and yet my importance to my Heavenly Father. The feelings added a dimension that propelled me onto a new course. Through my early 20's I learned who I am, my potential and what to do with my life. I felt a great burden lifted and was filled with hope of added happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

I have felt Him. I have had answers to my prayers. He has never abandoned me. My ancestors sought religious freedom. They sought truth. They lived what they believed, they left England, Denmark, Scandinavia. They studied the Bible. They prayed. They gathered with others seeking truth. They gave me life. They gave me seeds of faith. Their writings inspired me to find God. My great grandmother cherished her heritage and wrote her life sketch so that I could know her better. Her philosophy in life was that she believed that God created her to be happy, to enjoy the blessings in this life. It was her duty to make her happiness. She always felt that she should always fill her life with happiness that overflows. Each day I measure how I feel about my relationship with Him, and my happiness in life. I know He exists. If He feels far, I know I am the one that has distanced myself from Him in some way. I re-evaluate what I'm doing or not doing and seek to come closer to Him. I chose to be baptized because I was following Jesus Christ's example. "Ordinances and covenants help us remember who we are. They remind us of our duty to God. The Lord has provided them to help us come unto Him and receive eternal life. When we honor them, He strengthens us spiritually." I have attended other religious services throughout my life. I respect people of all faith. I feel closest to home having my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I continue to find answers to my questions here. The organization of this church is like that of the primitive church that Christ established before his death and resurrection. I love studying the Bible. I love studying the Book of Mormon, I love reading and pondering the words of past prophets and true prophets on the earth today. I love asking God questions, myself and receiving personal answers through study, prayer, and pondering.

How I live my faith

"Having faith in Jesus Christ means relying completely on Him—trusting in His infinite power, intelligence, and love. It includes believing His teachings. It means believing that even though we do not understand all things, He does. Because He has experienced all our pains, afflictions, and infirmities, He knows how to help us rise above our daily difficulties." If life means the ability to grow, change, time, experience - I live my faith by getting up each day, kneeling in prayer, reaching out to him. I live it by praying with my children and husband each morning and night and in gratitude at meal times and all throughout the day. I live it by filling my life with His words, reading and pondering scripture, hearing uplifting music, taking time in nature, loving and spending time with family. I live it by serving others in simple ways, a smile, kind words to a stranger, opening doors, volunteering, forgiving others, recognizing personal weakness, recognizing His hand in my life each day, having hope. I live my faith through repentance, picking myself back up again when I fall. I feel alive in faith when I have purpose and meaning in all that I am required to do. Apostle Paul taught that “faith is the substance [assurance] of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1) When I pray, study, attend worship services, it is my goal to 'feel' and to be 'fully engaged' in faith building. In this life, the fast pace often makes it easier to go through the motions, to simply exist - I don't want that. I want to feel, deeply connect to the essence of life each day. I want to live fully by faith in Jesus Christ, my Redeemer, my Savior...until I can fall at his feet, and worship Him. As human as I am, as flawed as I feel, I know one thing, He loves me and knowing that makes having lived this life worth every struggle, every pain, every heartache, experience is priceless.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Faith increases as we hear the word of God, and then act on those truths. In the Bible, Jesus said unto a father seeking healing for his child who hadn't been healed, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” All of us have come face-to-face with desperate hours, when we have fallen on our knees and pled as did this father, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Gospel Principles teach us that “To have faith in Jesus Christ means to have such trust in him that we obey whatever he commands. There is no faith where there is no obedience.” Faith comes from hearing the word of God and is a spiritual gift. Faith increases when we not only hear, but act on the word of God as well, in obedience to the truths we have been taught. To increase our faith in Jesus Christ, first we need to pray for the gift to hear the word of God. Our faith increases as we act on the words we hear. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Carl Pratt teaches us that, "The payment of tithing helps us develop a submissive and humble heart and a grateful heart that tends to “confess … his hand in all things” (D&C 59:21). Tithe-paying fosters in us a generous and forgiving heart and a charitable heart full of the pure love of Christ. We become eager to serve and bless others with an obedient heart, submissive to the Lord’s will. Regular tithe payers find their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ strengthened, and they develop a firm, abiding testimony of His gospel and of His Church. None of these blessings are monetary or material in any way, but surely they are the Lord’s richest blessings." "Money and bank accounts are not His richest blessings. He blesses us with wisdom to manage our limited material resources, wisdom that enables us to live better with 90 percent of our income than with 100 percent. Thus, faithful tithe payers understand provident living and tend to be more self-reliant." Tithing is one of those temporal actions in my experience where the return is most often spiritual. As I have lived the law, financial times have not always been easy, but my perspective of those times has been greater. I have always had sufficient for my needs. For a God who gives me 100%, and asks 10% in the form of tithes to build the earthly kingdom, it is a small price to pay. Show more Show less