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Hi I'm Melanie

I'm a wife, mother, nanny, Cheesehead, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am wife to a 4th year medical school student, mother to a very active 16 month old darling girl, avid lover of sewing, cooking, history, photography, and life. Currently, I nanny two darling little girls so that my family is supported while my husband works hard at obtaining his MD degree. They have been a family to me since we live so far from home, and the girls absolutely love my daughter. I find joy in taking separate things and by combining them, being able to make something so much more amazing than the parts themselves.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because it all makes sense. Growing up in the church, I had to go through my own conversion, just as anyone does. I asked questions, I prayed, I studied. I have a personal testimony about the principles that are taught in the Church. There are few very sacred moments I can remember that changed my life, and I can think back to dozens and dozens of prayers that were answered, confirmations I received, comfort I felt, and peace I needed throughout my life. I feel its truth every single day. I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father who has given me both trials and blessings so I can learn and grow. I know He provided ways for me to become all I can be, and He provided me a way back to Him through his Son, Jesus Christ. I know families can be eternal. My family has seen its share of ups and downs over the years, but the only thing that has remained constant in my life is the Savior. He is my friend, my rock, and my everything when I feel most alone and scared. He knows how to comfort every heart, heal every wound, and dry every tear. He is the constant in my life, and I will be ever grateful for that.

How I live my faith

I am able to show my faith through music. I teach music to the children during what is called primary, and it is wonderful to me to be able to watch these darling children discover the spirit and the faith they can find through music. I love teaching children, and the songs we sing teach very simple truths that I can feel in my soul. They were songs I learned and sang as a child, and their messages and the spirit they bring still ring true in my life today. I believe in the children of today's world. As it says in the Bible, "Bring up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." I so enjoy working alongside parents and other teachers to help these children understand that God loves them, that He knows them, that there is life after this one, and hope to be had while we are here. It serves as a reminder to me of who I am and the goals I am aspiring to as a daughter of God.

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

Mormon women are just as varied and unique as any other group of women. What unifies us is our faith in Christ, and our love of others. We do believe in equality of men and women. In a document titled "Family: A Proclamation to the World" given by our late prophet Gordon B Hinckley in 1995, it states that "By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners." This obligation extends to all areas of our lives. God does not view his sons as more important than his daughters. However, the roles of men and women are inherently different. There is a misconception that women are under-appreciated in the Mormon faith most frequently because of the emphasis that is placed on women remaining in the home to nurture and raise their children. Because of our belief in eternal families, there is increased importance on raising,nurturing, and building up the rising generation. This work is just as, if not more, important than monetary provisions. Show more Show less