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Hi I'm Melody.

I teach teenagers Spanish. I play guitar, piano and love hiking. Life is awesome when it has meaning. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've just started teaching junior high kids the ins and outs of the Spanish language and culture. It's hard work, but I love it. Young teens are especially a fun age to work with. When I'm not planning lessons and grading papers, I play the piano and guitar to relax when I have some down time. Being outside in the summer and winter is something I love to do. I'm often camping, hiking, fishing, or cross country skiing on the weekends. I volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America as a merit badge counselor and occasionally work at scout camps during the summer. I'm always trying things I've never done before because it makes life fun and interesting.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are LDS, and that is the way I was raised. I never had any reason to doubt my faith. I found happiness in living the truths I learned there. There comes a time when you have to decide whether to keep with the beliefs that you were taught as a child or whether you will go and find out what the world has to offer. I'm a logical person. I like to see all the pieces of a puzzle fit together. The teachings I've found here about who we are and what our purpose is in life make sense to me. They are very logical. That's not the only "proof" I have. Lots of thinks can make sense and not all of them are true. I sought deeper. God knows which church he has authorized. If we ask him, he is very willing to reveal which church is his if we are willing to accept an answer from him. I prayed to know if this church is His, and if the teachings in it are true. I've read the Book of Mormon with a sincere heart and true intentions to find out if it is true. As an answer, no, I did not see a great miracle. I've found my answer through the and happiness and sense of purpose that comes as I live the teachings found in this church. I've found my answer in little things that fall into place as I do what I know God wants me to. And occasionally as I ask, I feel an intense peace that undeniably comes from God and confirms the truth that I've asked about. Some of the truths I've learned are that death is not the end of life. We will live again. We will have our families forever. Happiness is one of the purposes of this life, and that we can find true and lasting happiness as we live in a way that God wants us to. Life isn't always going to be easy, but it sure is a LOT easier if we are willing to include God as a major part of our lives. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I go to church on Sundays. In church I often play the piano for the congregational hymns, and I teach a class about the Bible and Book of Mormon. But that is not all. Church would be meaningless unless we do something about it during the week. On a personal level, every day I try to read my scriptures, and talk to God through prayer. I try to be a little bit better person every day. That is just the beginning. We believe that everyone is a child of God and we are all brothers and sisters. I try to look for opportunities to serve people with something as small as a smile or a ride, or something large like helping someone clean or move. Some people think that because we believe in chastity before marriage and no drinking alcoholic beverages that we are stuffy and don't have any fun. That could not be further from the truth! Put a bunch of 20-something Mormons together and you will find a room full of laughter and fun. An additional benefit? No regrets the next day about what was said or done. I love to hang out with my friends. I love how we build each other up and help each other reach our goals. That's how I live my faith.