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Hi I'm Melanie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married and have four children, 3 boys and 1 girl. Having 3 boys and 1 girl makes for exciting days filled with lots of energy and sometimes craziness! I was recently laid off from my job that I had for ten years. I am now enjoying the blessings of being a fulltime mom. When I am not working and taking care of my family, I love to bake! I love to sit down with a good book and escape into my imagination. Our family also absolutely loves the outdoors, i.e. hiking, camping and fishing. To us, there is nothing better than being in nature and enjoying the beauties that God has created for us. Life has taught me many lessons. My husband and I have gone through four job losses and we are currently dealing with a major physical health issue with my husband. I can honestly say that because of my faith in God and my religion, I have been uplifted by the hand of God and He has continually blessed me and my family as we go through these trials.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family. My parents taught me their beliefs and when I turned 8-years-old, I decided that I wanted to be baptized into the church. I have felt many times throughout my life that the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and they love me with a love I cannot comprehend. My Savior suffered for my sins as well as all my sicknesses and hardships. He and He alone knows how to succor me in my times of need. I know that Heavenly Father lives and hears my prayers. He does not always answer them as I would like. There are the no answers, the yes answers and the answers that take a long time to get. Trying to do my best everyday and follow the teachings and principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ have truly blessed my life. Some might say that we have "too many restrictions." I have to respectively disagree.

How I live my faith

Everyday I have the opportunity to draw closer to my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ by studying the scriptures and praying. I have enjoyed doing this with my young family as well. To pray together as a family helps draw us closer together. We have had many great conversations centered around the scriptures. I have the wonderful opportunity to work together with women in the area that I live. Together, we have done service for our community as well as other places in the world where there are many needs. Strengthening our homes and families has been a focal point as we gather together. Becoming close friends with those who live around me has changed my life for the better. In particular, I have become friends with a dear lady who has many disabling health challenges. I have been able to get to know her better because of service I have had the opportunity to perform. When you serve somebody, you love them. By serving this dear friend, I have received so much back in return. She has taught me what really matters in life. Her attitude toward life and God in spite of her disabilities has taught me much about having a good attitude no matter what life throws at you.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

We believe that after we die, our spirits leave our bodies and return to that God who gave us life. There is life after death! I know this to be true. My husband's little brother died at the young age of 13 months. He was run over accidentally by my father-in-law. I grew up in the same town as my husband and I still vividly remember that Sunday. My family was sitting down together for dinner and I remember hearing the sirens go off. Later, I was saddened to hear about this sad, sad accident. Fast forward four years later. Through some church sponsored activities, I met my future husband for the first time. I will never forget the day he took me to see his brother's grave and told me the whole story. My husband was actually in the vehicle at the time when his little brother was run over. As I listened to him recount the experience, I was deeply touched. He knew where his brother was! He wanted to live a good life so that he could be with his brother someday. That is the beauty of God's plan for us. We can live with our families forever after this life. Show more Show less