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Hi I'm Melody

I'm a social worker. I love to dance, I live in California, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a counselor at an opiate treatment facility. I completed degrees at BYU-Idaho as well as California State University in Chico (I know, I know, what's a relatively conservative Mormon doing at a Californian party school!?:). Both schools were hugely influential in determining my direction in my career and I am really grateful for the incredible people, ideas, and experiences I have encountered along the way. I hope to go into private practice ultimately and increase my focus on helping to strengthen family relationships and communication. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outside, reading, dancing, and making music. My parents were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when they started their family. They were baptized at age 18 separately, long before they met, and each served a mission prior to getting married. They both experienced a lot of dysfunction in their own families growing up and they were determined that they would do things differently. Their goal has always been to keep our family centered on Jesus Christ ... my Mom's favorite saying was that "the family that prays together stays together!" I can't begin to describe the gratitude I feel for the sacrifices my parents have made to teach us about the importance of obedience to God and dedication to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I LOVE my family and I am extremely grateful for the peace and love that have often filled our home despite the struggles and hard times.

Why I am a Mormon

In talking with others about my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have often been asked whether I am not just following in my parents' footsteps and relying on what I have always been taught because of its familiarity. I would be lying if I said that there was never a point at which my testimony was based primarily on that of my parents - when I was young, I believed and went to church because that was what my family was doing and I didn't know anything different. It was expected & I enjoyed being involved. However, I distinctly remember when I began to question whether it was really all true. Could I really say that I believed Joseph Smith had seen a vision and been called of God to re-establish the Church of Jesus Christ? Nope. And it bothered me. A lot. I didn't know if the Book of Mormon was just a history book or if it was really inspired scripture. However, I did know that I felt good when I read it. It made me want to be closer to God ... and I had a lot of faith in the promise in Moroni 7:13 that "every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God." Knowing for certain hasn't come all at once, and there are definitely things I still wonder about and sometimes doubt, but I know now that I can trust the scriptures and the living prophets to teach the truth. I've tested their counsel, I've prayed about it, and I've felt the difference it makes in my life. I know for myself.

How I live my faith

I attend church meetings on Sundays (typically 3 hours) and I help with providing music when it's needed ... I play the piano and organ, and I love to sing. I'm the president of the Relief Society or women's auxiliary in my Young Single Adult congregation, which means I spend time teaching Sunday lessons, coordinating with other church leaders and members, and generally working to ensure that every member of the ward (especially the women) is getting their needs met. During the week I attend activities and religion classes when I can fit them into my schedule. I look for opportunities to spend time with other members of the church, and I work closely with the missionaries to identify and support people who are learning about or returning to the church. I enjoy going to the Temple (our nearest one is in Sacramento) and generally visit at least once every month. We consider it to be the earthly "House of the Lord" and it's a place of great peace and perspective. When I am stressed or trying to make difficult decisions, I have often found great comfort and guidance there. On a typical day, living my faith usually means praying and/or thinking about God and His will for me, and spending time reading the scriptures or studying gospel topics in related books and magazines. It means loving everyone around me and doing my best to respond to them as Jesus Christ would. It means being honest in my dealings with others and looking for opportunities to share the truth I know.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Melody
 YES, we believe in gender equality and the divinity and importance of both men and women! Men and women do have important differences, by nature, and their responsibilities are not always exactly the same. For example, in a family, the man's primary responsibility is to preside and provide, while the woman's primary responsibility is to nurture. Men have the privilege of holding and exercising the Priesthood, in righteous partnership with women, and women have the privilege of conceiving and bearing children, in righteous partnership with men. We compliment and complete each other, and God loves each of us and provides each of us every opportunity for growth and happiness.   Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Melody
 I love the Bible. As a Church, we study the King James Version of the Bible alongside the Book of Mormon, and we value the prophecies and personal experiences with Jesus Christ that are recorded in each of the books. We recognize that the Bible has been translated many times by men, and the meanings of some passages have been altered The Book of Mormon is another witness, or testament, of the things Christ taught, as recorded by other people who knew and were visited by Him, so by comparing the two books, we can be certain we are getting the message God intended. Show more Show less