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Hi I'm Mel

I was born in Burbank, California. My father was a convert to the Mormon Church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I love to travel, especially to Latin America - "ruin hopping!" We also love to visit our children and grandchildren. My favorite hobby is gardening. There is nothing better than "home-grown" fruits and vegetables! We are currently serving a mission for the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I have experienced great joy and peace as a member of the Mormon Church. My faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for me and all of mankind has sustained me, especially in times of need. We have experienced the death of our 17 year-old daughter and also a grandson who was only a few days old. We know that we will see them again and through the ressurection of Jesus Christ, we will all be resurrected and through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, we will be able to live as a family with Him and our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

Over the years, my wife and I have helped our local congregation and our community. We feel strongly about giving of our time, as we can, to help others. We have both taught and worked with the youth, expecially ages 12 to 18. I have been involved with the scouts and many service projects that helped the community. My wife has been deeply involved in PTA and we both have helped raise thousands of dollars for our local schools.

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Our belief in eternal life is founded in our faith in Jesus Christ and His resurrection. Because He lives, we will live forever. We can live in the presence of our Father in Heaven and our Savior, Jesus Christ if we will have faith in Jesus Christ, repent of our sins, be baptized by someone who has the proper authority and receive the Holy Ghost through confirmation in the Church. We have hope and fath in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

The words "ward, stake, branch" describe our congregations. A ward consists of 300 to 600 members of the Church who live in a certain geographical area. A branch is like a ward - just a smaller congregation - maybe 10 to 200 members. A stake is a larger geographical area and it consists of 5 to 12 wards and branches. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

My wife and I have been married for this life and for eternity. This is possible when the marriage is performed by one holding the proper authority from God. This authority binds or unites us forever if we will faithfully follow our Savior, Jesus Christ. This same authority binds our children to us. This allows us to live as a family forever in the prensence of Heavenly Father. Show more Show less