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Hi I'm Melissa

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home mother of 4 children and a small business owner. I love to spend my spare time reading good books, watching movies and playing music. My husband plays the guitar and I play a few varieties of flute (flute, irish tin whistle, native american flute, and recorder). We love to play together! I also enjoy playing the flute in a local Stake Choir/Orchestra. I am studious and contemplative by nature and am looking forward to taking some college courses as soon as my children get a little older. I still haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up, but I am fascinated by human psychology and world religions and cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

As a member born to parents and ancestors active in the church for many generations before me, my conversion came little by little over many years. I don't remember any earth-shattering experiences, just a series of small, personal impressions. These came in various ways: an inspired word from a friend, a feeling of abiding peace that would come suddenly in a time of great distress, answered prayers (whether I liked the answers or not), a burning confirmation that would come when I'd come across truth, a warm, fuzzy feeling as I'd hear sacred music, etc. I recently had one of these "little" faith building experiences while reading the Book of Mormon. I was reading in the first book of Nephi, chapter 11, about the condescension of God. When I read (in the 21st verse), "Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!" the words seemed to hop off the page and burn in my soul! It was a beautiful, glorious, deeply spiritual feeling that Jesus Christ is, in fact, the Son of God and He did come down to earth to conquer death and give us an escape from sin. I know He lives and I know He knows and loves each of us! Like a plant of slow growth, my conversion has been a series of these experiences compounded in small increments over a lifetime. My combined experiences have grown into a mighty oak of testimony in my heart. It has often been shaken, but has stood tall and true through many tests of faith. I also know this process is by no means complete; my testimony will continue to grow and be tested throughout my life, but I hope with the Lord's help it will forever stand true.

How I live my faith

I love to attend church on Sundays. I love the people in my ward, they are like family. I have been asked to serve them in many ways and I have been glad to do it. At various times in the past 15 years I have taught the gospel to children ages 3-12, worked with the young women ages 12-18, planned activities for the adult women, and taught the adult women on Sundays as well. But my most favorite thing I've ever done to build the Lord's Kingdom in my area has been to teach and direct the music to the children ages 3-12. I LOVE the songs in our Children's Songbook and I love the pure little voices that sing them!

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

It is the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that only those who enter into the waters of baptism are able to obtain Eternal Life -although it must be noted that baptism does not guarantee eternal life, obedience after baptism is also required. But with such requirements, some questions arise. What about those who never hear the gospel during their lives? What about those who lived when the priesthood authority was not the earth? Are they all lost, then? No, through Family History/Genealogical work, a way is provided to reach EVERY child of God! Revelation states, and I believe, that beyond the grave the gospel is taught just the same as it is here. Even those who never had the opportunity to be baptized on earth can still have the opportunity to accept it and be baptized. We perform those baptisms by proxy in the temples. Ideally, everyone on earth does their Family History/Genealogy and finds all their ancestors, turns their names into the temple and we perform the baptisms for them. The person beyond the grave has the choice to accept or deny the ordinances performed in their behalf. In this way, God extends his mercy and love to every one of his children without taking away their freedom to choose. No one is forgotten or left out and we all get to help each other along the way! I think it is a beautiful doctrine and I know it to be true. Show more Show less