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Hi I'm Melody

I am a wife and mother of three sons. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married since 2001 to an amazing man who works very hard so I can stay at home with our three young boys. My husband is in an apprenticeship program to become an electrical lineman, which means our family travels together for his work. For the next four years we can be moved anywhere in California or Nevada at any time. We live in a travel trailer to make this possible. The second half of last year we moved four times. Everywhere we go we meet members of this church who are loving, kind and faithful. The church is the same wherever we go. We were married young, I was only 19, but I prayed about it and knew it was right. I was able to complete both a BS degree and a Masters program in Education before having children. Education has been a great blessing to me as I teach my own children. Because of my education I was able to go back to work during a period of my husband's unemployment and help support our family. Life can be hard but I have constantly seen the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and I know He is aware of me and loves me. My time is now spent raising my three wild sons. They are a great challenge and a great joy in my life. I try to teach them about Jesus as my parent's taught me. I enjoy reading good books, playing the French Horn, sewing, and bargain shopping! I swim with my kids almost every day and I love going to the beach. We are always looking for exciting opportunities to visit museums, the zoo, or local street fairs.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church, but that is not why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because the Lord has answered my prayers so many times. I have knelt in prayer to ask if this is the only true church on this earth and I have received answers. I know that I have a personal Savior, Jesus Christ who died for me. I am a Mormon because if I were not I would be lost. I want nothing more than to spend eternity with my Heavenly Father, my Savior Jesus Christ, and my family. The opportunity I had to be married in a Temple of God and be sealed to my family forever is one of the greatest blessings in my life. I know that by living the teachings of Jesus Christ I will be able to go back to live with Him again.

How I live my faith

Teaching is an important part of my life. I teach my children to pray every day. I teach a 16-17 year old Sunday School class at church. This year we are studying the Old Testament. Teaching the Old Testament is a daunting task, but it has allowed me to study and understand the scriptures better. I try to pray every morning and every night. No one is perfect and I need that personal connection with my Heavenly Father to make it through the day. I know He hears and answers my prayers.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Melody
Self-reliance is being able to rely on your own capabilities. This is not just about being prepared for a natural disaster, it is a way of life. Life is hard and not always predictable. Two years ago my husband was unemployed for over seven months. We have a child with a rare genetic condition. I had to return to work to help support our family. We had savings and food storage to help us make ends meet. Being able to care for yourself and your family is essential. Caring for your own family through hard work and preparation is the Lord's way. Being prepared for an emergency is also important. Mormons talk about this often because we know that these events will come and we need to be able to provide food, clothing, and water for our families and our neighbors. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Melody
No. Anyone can join the Church of Jesus Christ. There are no exclusions. But before anyone joins they should talk with our missionaries and members of our church. They should understand the significance of being baptizes into the Lord's church and understand how important it is in their life. There are actually more members of the church outside of the United States and throughout the world than members living in the U.S. Women do not have the priesthood, but I have never felt this is an exclusion. The Priesthood of God is all about service. My husband has the priesthood yet he uses it to bless me and our family. It blesses his life to serve and have the power of the priesthood to serve others, but he can not give himself a blessing. He would have to get another priesthood holder to give him a blessing. The priesthood is not selfish, it is service. The priesthood is also a great responsibility and I feel that it is important for my husband to have that responsibility as I have the responsibility of having children. We each have a role to fill and we support each other in our respective responsibilities. Everything we do, we do together. Show more Show less