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Hi I'm Melanie

I'm a fun-loving Mum!

About Me

I am a 36 year old single mum. I am a Teaching Assistant at a Primary School and love my work! I enjoy being of service to my family, friends and community by participating in projects, always smiling and serving in all kinds of ways:-) I was brought up as a Latter-day Saint (Mormon) from the age of six but I wandered away from my faith as a teenager - seeking what I thought was happiness but steadily discovering that the kind of thrills I sought were nowhere near the path to true happiness. When I had my daughter the desire to find the truth and the way to peace and happiness overcame me and I found my way back to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was there that I rediscovered my testimony and felt right at home again. I love listening to music, reading, walking and cycling in the countryside. I used to be a radio DJ but it became tough to fit into my busy schedule. I love to play African drums (for my own pleasure & meditation) and I love singing at home with my daughter and in our church choir. My daughter and I love to walk through the fields, woods, and river walks that are nearby our home. Life to me is an education and I seek to learn and improve as much as I can everyday :-)

Why I am a Mormon

Knowing I am a Child of God brings me great hope and strength and I love the Plan of Salvation that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has brought to my knowledge. Knowing that Heavenly Father has a plan for each and every one of us and that we are all worth more than we can possibly imagine to Him keeps me going and leaves me with a smile on my face through all trials and adversity! I know without a doubt that this Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ, organised and led by Him and that these Latter-days are the final dispensation where Zion is being built and prepared for the coming and reign of our Saviour Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Mormon faith brings me incredible strength and the Holy Spirit, which members are blessed with during confirmation, brings me indescribable and incomparable comfort and guidance to steer me through my life. I have learned to be at ease, patient, humble and slow to temper as my Saviour teaches us to be and am improving day by day with the help of the Holy Spirit as the messenger from my Heavenly Father. I encourage anyone that is curious about this Church to seek answers for themselves through prayer to their Heavenly father and speak to a Mormon missionary as soon as they can - you will find great joy and peace beyond compare!

How I live my faith

I seek to know my Heavenly Father's will and I seek His guidance prayerfully every day to know where I should be, what I should be doing, and how to prioritise my full life and place focus on things that count for the welfare of my family and others around me. In short, I seek to be an instrument in His hands and through doing so am strengthened and blessed beyond compare. I faithfully pay my tithing and fast offerings - even when money is short, knowing that the Lord will always provide in our times of need. He has never seen us go without! I seek to live as the Saviour does, emulating Him as much as I can. I fall short often, but I always get on my knees to repent, brush myself off and get on with it, trying hard to do better each time. I personally and prayerfully study the scriptures daily and read the Book of Mormon with my daughter every day too. This brings us great peace and I learn so much, line upon line, as I open my heart and mind to the teachings that are within and beyond the pages :-) I aspire to be of service to all and to be an instrument in the Lord's hands as I feel He wants me to be both at home and every time I leave the house. Most days I need to pray for strength and ability beyond my own to do this effectively! To sum up: I live faithfully, prayerfully and with hope and charity in my heart. I am Media Relations Officer for the local Stake (diocese). This involves writing press releases, organising and appearing for press and radio interviews, meeting and networking with various members ,and leaders in, the local community. I often represent the Church in various arenas ensuring we are represented in a true light, highlighting our focus on the Saviour Jesus Christ, who is at the centre of our religion. I love visiting with other sisters from the local congregation and spending time with them and their families. I am a keen contributor and participator in Sunday School lessons as I love to share and widen my knowledge as much as possible. I have especially enjoyed stuying the Old Testament in the past few months and eagerly anticipate studying the New Testamant this coming few months. I have faith that one day I will be married to a loving man and we will be blessed to have more children. I live each day in preparation for these great blessings!

Are Mormons Christians?

Melanie
Yes, Mormons are Christians. The Saviour, Jesus Christ, is at the very centre of our religion. He is the organiser and leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the correct and formal name of the Mormon church). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church of Jesus Christ, formed as it was at the time of Jesus earthly life. We believe in His ministry, His leadership, His role as teacher, healer, Brother and Saviour of all mankind. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Melanie
I cannot imagine life without the companionship and guidance of the Holy Ghost. It enriches my life a million-fold. It brings peace and comfort in times of trial, confirms the truth of things to my heart, guides me when I am wandering, confused, feel unsure of my own abilities, and when I need help with a task I am scared or apprehensive to fulfill. The spirit protects us if harm is before us and can prompt us to make good, safe choices. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Melanie
Everyone is welcome to Church meetings of any kind. We have three main Sunday meetings over a 3 hour period: Sacrament meeting is the most important part of the Sunday programme, where members are able to partake of the bread and water to remember Jesus Christ and renew covenants made with Him at their time of baptism. There are talks and testimonies shared by members of the congregation as well as hymns sung. The meeting is opened and closed with prayers. Relief Society is for women aged 18 and over. Preisthood meeting is for men aged 18 and over. These are taught separately but lessons about the Saviour are taught and testimonies shared. Both have prayers to open and close the meetings. Snday School is taught as a whole group for 18 and over men and women combined. Smaller Sunday School lessons are taught to 12-18 year olds. We are currently studying the New Testament (from the King James version of the Bible which we use). Again, prayers aare said to open and close meetings. 12 - 18 year old boys and girls are taught separately in what is called Young Mens and Young Womens groups. They are taught gospel principles and given support and advice on how to live as Christians in a challenging and ever-changing world! Prayers are said at beginning and end and hymns sung. All children aged 18 months to 12 years old are cared for and taught in nursery (18 mths - 3) and Primary classes (3-12yrs). They are taught about Jesus Christ, how to follow and be like Him, they sing and share short talks and testimonies, and are taught basic gospel principles. All prepared for and suited to each age groups abilities. Prayers are said at the beginning and end of all meetings to invoke the spirit and help all to take the lessons God desires us to learn into our hearts. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Melanie
The Book of Mormon is written by various Prophets and peoples of the American continent that share testimonies of the reality of our Saviour Jesus Christ. These people wrote from between 600 BC to 421 AD. Show more Show less