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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of seven. I have enjoyed staying home raising my children. I love to read, take walks in nature, sew, garden and work on my home. I have gone back to school to work on a degree on Marriage and Family Studies. My oldest child died from a very rare cancer, Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma. This experience brought me closer to my Savior and I am grateful for the healing and comfort that I received through that process. I live in Michigan and I love all of the trees, rivers and lakes in the state. I love to look out my window and see the trees and the wildlife that roam through my yard. I feel grateful for God who created this beautiful earth. I love to walk in the woods and along the river. It helps to calm my soul and feel peace in this busy world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have chosen to follow my faith because it has helped to transform me into a new person. Like the sculptor who turns a lump of clay into a beautiful creation, the Lord has helped to form and mold me into someone I could never have become on my own. I have learned and grown through serving and sacrificing for others. Living the commandments has helped me to keep safe and givie me direction in my life. I am very grateful for having a living prophet to help and guide each of us. As I have tried to follow the counsel of the prophet, I have been blessed and protected. The prophets, both ancient and modern, are described as watchmen on a tower. They are able to see the world as it really is and know what kinds of warnings that we need to keep us safe and find joy in our lives. I am so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. He has been able to forgive me for my sins and He has also lightened my burdens and comforted me through my sorrows and grief. It is only through my Savior that I will be able to have salvation and eternal life. I can never do this on my own. His grace enables me in so many ways to be a better person and have the strength I need to endure well through my challenges and to serve others.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by having it be part of "me". I strive to be kind and loving to others. I serve in my community by being on the board of my daughter's preschool. I also serve others in my church. I am the president of our organization for women. I help to organize activities and lessons to strengthen women and families. I help to organize needs to help when someone is struggling or suffering. I visit women in need and try to offer help and comfort to them. When I do acts of service for others, it helps me to see the big picture and forget about my own trials and sorrows. Prayer helps me to live my faith and helps me to have the inspiration for how I should live my life.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Melissa
Mormons follow what is called "The Word of Wisdom". This is found in the book of scripture, Doctrine and Covenants section 89. In the Word of Wisdom, we are told not to drink coffee, tea and alcohol. We should avoid tobacco and illegal drugs. We are counseled to eat grains, seeds, vegetables, fruits and meat sparingly. We are promised as we live the Word of Wisdom that we will walk without being weary and receive physical strength. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Melissa
Relief Society is the world's oldest and largest organization of women. I have been a member of the Relief Society for 30 years. The focus of the Relief Society organization is to help to strengthen women and families, help people in need and help women to build faithful and righteous lives. During my time as a member of Relief Society, I have had many opportunities to serve others and help to strengthen them. Here are some of the things that I have been able to do through the Relief Society: visit other women monthly to teach them and help them with any needs they have; teach lessons to help women increase in faith and knowledge of the principles of the gospel; teach women new skills to help them in their homes; serve meals to new mothers and people who are sick; visit women who have moved in to the area and help with funerals. I have also had times when I have been blessed by the Relief Society. When our son had cancer, the Relief Society had meals brought in to our family, they helped us pack up our home so we could move where we could receive better medical care, and they helped us with our son's funeral and throughout our grieving process. I have benefited from Relief Society lessons to help me grow spiritually and I have learned new skills from other women. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Melissa
The missionaries and their families pay their own expenses as they are serving missions. Many young people work part-time jobs to save money for their missions and often begin saving for their missions as children. Parents and other family members usually help to contribute towards the mission. When there are families who cannot afford to pay for a mission, other people will often help to contribute funds so they may go on a mission. There is a mission fund that anybody can contribute to that will help people from around the world have an opportunity to go on a mission. Show more Show less