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Hi I'm Melanie

I love to snow ski, sew, rock climb, play board games, and read. I have three children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have three young children under the age of five. My husband just finished medical school and has begun is residency training. I am able to stay at home with my children. I love to do lots of outdoor things like snow ski, scuba dive, rock climb, backpack, and hike. Of course with three kids I don't get to do them too often, so I also enjoy sewing, reading, running, swimming, and cooking. I consider myself pretty average - someone who isn't really in the limelight but who tries every day do what is right.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, going to church every Sunday and trying to following all of the teachings of the gospel. I always felt that it was true. I never doubted. But I also worried that my faith was based too much upon my parents. It wasn't until I was a senior in high school that I was certain my faith and testimony belonged to me and didn't hinge on my parents. There was a German foreign exchange student at our high school that year and we became very good friends. He was always perplexed by the standards that I lived by - that I didn't drink or smoke, that I went to church on Sunday, that I had rules about the types of boys I went out with, that I didn't swear. To him these standards were absolutely foreign and ridiculous. He made a comment about how I still did everything my parents told me to do. I told him that I didn't live this way because my parents told me to. I lived the standards of the church because a prophet of God asked me to. The standards weren't forced on me by my parents, but I chose to live them because I believed God had asked me to, through his prophet. My friend was a little surprised by my answer but I think from that point on he respected my faith a little more. And for me, it gave the assurance that my testimony was my own, that all things my parents and church leaders had taught me I knew for myself. I know that we have a prophet who guides the church, and that all things were are asked to do come from God and will help us live happier and return to live with Him someday.

How I live my faith

At church I serve in the youth program, planning weekly activities and teaching Sunday lessons. I have come to know the girls so well and love being able to help them when they need it. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to serve them because the youth are the future - I hope that my impact is a positive one. I strive to live my faith by teaching my children. It is never to early to teach them about their Savior so I try each day to help them know that Jesus loves them. Knowing that I have the responsibility to teach them the right way to live gives me the strength to be better myself - to be more patient, more kind, more giving, more faithful. I know I have three sets of eyes watching me at all times and they help me do what is right.