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Hi I'm Melanie

I am a Mother (5x), Democrat, Tech Geek, Runner, IT Web Administrator, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy running, reading, writing, learning, being active, and going to church. I am the mother of five incredible children whom I purposely homebirthed and occasionally homeschooled. Before joining the Church, my life ambition was to play for the U.S. Olympic soccer team - a dream I do not regret relinquishing. I have lived in Alaska, Utah, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and my home state, New Hampshire. I am a Democrat and currently work as an IT Web Administrator for the city where I reside. Previous to this time, I was blessed to be a stay-at-home mother for fourteen years during which time I found joy in sewing, gardening, raising chickens, serving family, church, and community, coaching soccer, and in discovering all the wonders technology had to offer. To supplement our family income I began working from home as the Latter-day Saint Guide for About.com. I later became co-owner and operator of Bear River Yahama where I learned more about 4-stroke ATVs, motorcycles, scooters, generators, and snowmobiles than I ever imagined. It was a crash course in small engines, small business, and big time balancing. I am, among other things, an active advocate for prison reformation - abolition. My personal experiences of abuse, incarceration, divorce, and bankruptcy have hurtled me down a path I never could have forseen but am attempting to forge with faith. Finally, at the setting and rising of every sun, I am, and remain, a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was sixteen-years-old, missionaries from the Church visited my home and shared a message about the purpose of life. I asked them difficult questions to which they attached answers. There are moments in life when clarity strikes and you know something is right or true. As they spoke, I experienced this feeling with greater intensity than I had ever experienced it up to that point in my life. The more questions I asked, the more answers they provided. Each time they returned to my home, I experienced the same feeling until I knew that the message they shared was true. It took time, but after reading the Book of Mormon and sincerely applying myself to the simple truths of the gospel, I came to understand, more fully, the great plan of happiness our Father in Heaven had put into motion for each of us through His Son, Jesus Christ. The closer I adhered to Christ's teachings, the happier and more fulfilling my life became. Through the course of my life, I have suffered many crushing disappointments, none of which were the result of having lived in accordance with the true principles found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Indeed, everything meaningful in my life, everything good, has come because of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. If it were merely a matter of living Christ's teachings, I suppose the need to designate churches would be unnecessary. The final point of truth, in my mind, rests upon the principle of Priesthood authority. This is why I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by walking in it, by emulating the teachings of Jesus Christ, and by striving to be an influence for good in the lives of those around me. I attend church each week to partake of the sacrament. I read the scriptures daily with my children, pray with them and for them, have family dinners and family nights. I attempt to be a little better each day and when I fail, I believe and rely upon Christ's grace to save me and lift me up once more.