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Hi I'm Melissa

I was born in Canada. I'm a book editor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life is filled with family, friends, and books. As a child, I was constantly reading and I wanted to grow up to be a librarian, writer--something that had to do with books. Which is how I ended up becoming a book editor for a publishing company. And now I'm reading and editing every day. A few years ago, I decided that I needed to lose weight and really care for my body. I started to "run," which really meant that I was jogging . . . really slowly. It was so hard to start it. But I was determined to become healthier. I eventually joined a gym and then a class with a personal trainer. I also have changed my diet and my perspective on food. Last year, I completed my first half-marathon and I'm training for another this year. Exercise and training is now just a part of life. It means so much to me when I can go a little farther and stretch myself. I love to play sports. Basketball, racquetball, and volleyball are some of my favorites. I love watching college football and other sport-related events. I'm also somewhat of a nerd. I love watching sci-fi/fantasy TV shows and movies. I play Scrabble and other board games. Anything that involves spending quality time with friends and family is something I'll do.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ brings real peace into my life. So many issues are attacking us, so many confusing arguments. And the one place where I can feel valued and loved is by following the Christ and His commandments. When I was seven years old, my family had moved recently from Canada. I was struggling to make friends and I didn't feel like I belonged anywhere. I wanted to feel accepted. On my baptism day, I was nervous that I wouldn't feel anything when I was actually baptized. But taking a small leap of faith, I trusted that what I was doing was what God wanted. And when I came out of the water, I felt so good, so clean. And those feelings appeared again during my confirmation when I was blessed to receive the Holy Ghost. I experience these feelings of being accepted, love, and valued when I go to church and when I'm following God's commandments. The gospel helps me to stay on course to return to Him some day. It's not easy at times. It's hard to feel good all of the time. I make mistakes. I have doubts. I sometimes feel depressed and lonely--probably the hardest part of being single. But, like my eight-year-old self, I take that leap of faith and trust in God, and I keep moving forward in doing what God wants me to do. I know that by holding fast to the gospel of Jesus Christ will only bless my life. The gospel gives me direction and hope in a world that feels directionless and hopeless. The gospel provides me with courage and strength during my trials. It provides me with feeling accepted.

How I live my faith

Being single, my life is pretty busy and I do my best to show my beliefs through my actions. I'm the secretary for the women's organization in my stake, and it is something that has changed my perspective about how God sees people. The secretary deals with numbers--who's coming to church, who's been visited by other sisters, who is on the rolls of each ward. All these numbers can seem overwhelming and analytical and it's easy to focus on getting the numbers instead of what these numbers mean. The Lord numbers His sheep and He knows them. To him they aren't just a number; they are His people. As I'm helping to keep the women's organization on track and informed, I'm reminded over and over again that God cares for each sister. He loves them more than I can express and He wants them to feel of his love. So even though I'm the numbers person, I feel that I can help individuals come closer to God as I strive to do the best in my capacity. I'm also a visiting teacher. Building relationships with other sisters who may be living in the area for only a few months can be difficult. Sometimes it's easy to justify business and laziness to not visiting them. But just like in my calling, God is aware of these sisters and He wants them to feel of His love. I'm come to the conclusion that "people, not programs, change people." With a little effort on my side, I can make a difference in someone's life. It's not too hard really. Sending a text or email to just say hello could do it. But it's the face-to-face contact that really makes a difference. Knowing someone cares about you and wants you to be successful in whatever aspect can help people to feel safe, secure, and loved. And everyone wants to feel like that.