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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a wife. I'm a mother of five awesome kids. I'm a student. I'm a crafter, a photographer, and an entrepreneur. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom of five kids between the ages of 2 and 10. I am happily married to a wonderful man. I'm a student at Southern New Hampshire University. I am a Stage 3 Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis survivor and also have fibromyalgia and a connective tissue disease that causes hyperflexible joints, a condition which my four-year-old daughter shares. I'm a crafter and love to knit, crochet, and do crafts with my children. I'm an amateur photographer who enjoys donating my services to friends and family. I also sell my crafts on several online venues. I'm a former real estate administrator, but currently I am staying at home with my youngest child. I was baptized in 2011 after two years of researching, learning, and praying about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I was introduced to the church by a friend on the online game World of Warcraft in 2009, during a very sad and difficult time in my life. I firmly believe that our Father in Heaven loves us and will meet us wherever we are to offer us salvation - in my case, this happened to be the online game in which I was drowning my sorrows at the time. I'm so grateful for my conversion and grateful for the gifts the restored gospel has bestowed upon myself and my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I heeded Moroni's exhortation to pray to know if the Book of Mormon was true. I received a testimony doing so that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith restored the fulness of the gospel to Earth, and a renewed belief in our Lord Jesus Christ and in the tender love our Heavenly Father has for every single person on Earth. As I stated above, I received my first information about the LDS faith from a friend as we played World of Warcraft. This, to me, is proof that our Heavenly Father loves us, that we ARE worthy of his love and grace, and that he meets us where we are. It took me two full years to gather that belief in my worthiness that I needed to begin taking my missionary lessons to be baptized, but for those two years, the Book of Mormon was my buoy in a desolate sea. I was a single mom mourning the end of a troubled marriage and struggling to raise a preschooler and two toddlers alone, and the Book of Mormon was sometimes the only thing aside from my children that kept me going. I've had many testimony-building and faith-enhancing moments since then. One of the biggest is that one night, at the end of Family Home Evening, my toddler daughter asked to say the closing prayer. We figured she would babble and mimic her older siblings' prayers. Instead, she bowed her little head and said "Dear Heavenly Father... thank you... for kissing my eyes." At two years old, she has no idea and no comprehension of the fact that she was considered visually impaired as a newborn due to oxygen deprivation and mild brain damage at birth, or that she suddenly and inexplicably recovered and began seeing and interacting with us at about five months old - so this sweet and innocent prayer absolutely shook us to the core. This is just one example of the many, many situations that have renewed and confirmed my faith since I first prayed to know the Book of Mormon was true. The gospel has been an incredible blessing in our lives and I am so grateful.

How I live my faith

My husband is a recent convert, baptized in March 2015. My twin 8-year-olds were baptized on the same day as he was, and my 10-year-old daughter chose to be baptized in July 2015. We recently moved to a new ward - I have been called to teach Sunday school to the 5-6 year olds, and my husband teaches the young men of our ward. As a family, we hold weekly Family Home Evenings and scripture studies a few times a week with our five children, and we make it a mission to apply gospel principles to everyday events. We pray several times a day as a family. My favorite part of church is monthly fast and testimony meetings - the spirit is felt so strongly as ward members bear their testimonies.