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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a Math teacher. I'm a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the ninth of ten children (yeah, it's a lot) with 29 nieces and nephews. I attended Brigham Young University and graduated in Math Education. I teach high school mathematics in Northern California. I grew-up in Southern California where I learned to play the flute. Here, I began my love of music as I listened to my Dad's oldies favorites, joined the local band program, and continued exploring my talents thanks to a loving mother. I've dabbled in many instruments including flute, piccolo, piano, guitar, violin, clarinet, trumpet, and so forth. I grew up with a thirst to make my mark on the world and through a series of uninspirational as well as inspirational math teachers, I settled on teaching. I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew-up in a Mormon family and the love I experienced (and experience now) through them is beyond description. My family held daily scripture study and prayer and we attended church every week no matter where we were - vacation or not. I never doubted what my parents taught me. As I grew older, I developed friends of other Christian faiths. I felt free to talk about my beliefs with them and share what I knew. As I did so, I felt the reassurances of the Holy Spirit that what I shared with them was true. But it wasn't until I was more than 5,000 miles away with no family that I came to know that I knew the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was absolutely true. There was no way I could I deny it. I spent two weeks in Tonga on a service trip a few weeks after I graduated from high school. As I sat on the beach reading my scriptures, I read from a part describing the death and matyrdom of Jseph Smith in Doctrine & Covenants 135. This is what it said: "Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. In the short space of twenty years, he has brought forth the Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God, and has been the means of publishing it on two continents; has sent the fulness of the everlasting gospel, which it contained, to the four quarters of the earth...He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lord’s anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood; and so has his brother Hyrum. In life they were not divided, and in death they were not separated!" I knew it could not be untrue. I knew a man could not give so much of himself for a work that was false. I knew that if he was a Prophet of God than the Book of Mormon was true. I believed it. I knew Christ lived from its pages. I knew God lived. And I knew I could never deny the truth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday as I keep the commandments of God. I abstain from drinking coffee and alcohol in a profession that does it often. It's an expectation I confront everyday. I pray and read my scriptures early and late each day to receive instruction and inspiration to meet my students' needs as well as to be at peace in a demanding and exhausting profession. Every Sunday, I place a hold on my hectic life to participate in and lead my congregation's woman's organization. I meet with over a hundred other young single adults every Sunday to worship my Heavenly Father and learn of His gospel. Part of this worship requires me to plan, conduct, and teach meetings for the women. I organize and evaluate a visiting program that allows all women in the ward to meet, develop friendships, and uplift one another called Visiting Teaching. With the help of two counselors or assistants, we plan activities and lessons every month to strengthen the women in Christ. I love the opportunity to give of myself so much that I forget myself and my life. It's at these times I live my faith to its fullest potential. It's at these times I feel closest to my God and to my savior Jesus Christ. When I serve others, I develop my faith and live it.