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Hi I'm Melanie

I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a mother of four. I grew up in the Northwest, but now I live in the South. I love to read, bake, play games and have fun with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My parents were faithful members who took me to church each Sunday and taught me the gospel. I liked church. It was easy to go and do what my family did. I felt good there. As I grew older, It became important for me to know for myself. I studied the Book of Mormon and I prayed to know if it was true. My prayers were answered and I know that it is the word of God. I know that Christ is my Savior. I know that he lived and died and lives again. I know that our Heavenly Father loves us so much he continues to have prophets to teach us and guide us in this world. I feel so much peace in this knowledge. Even though I was not required to do so, I served an 18 month mission for the church in S. America. My mission was a huge learning experience for me in so many ways. My testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel became even stronger and I loved to feel so close to the Lord as I did His work every day. Having the opportunity to share the gospel with others and watch them enjoy the happiness I had was exciting. I will always be grateful for the chance I had to serve and now I look forward to going on more missions, with my husband, when we are able. My religion is a big part of my life. The standards and principles of the gospel help me have a happy life and give me comfort and guidance through the difficulties I encounter.

How I live my faith

In recognition of the importance of the family and our children, I am a stay at home mom, even though my husband still hasn't completed his professional training. It is challenging, in many ways, but rewarding. I am grateful we have made it a priority in our home. I feel we have been and continue to be blessed because we made that commitment to our children. I attend church each Sunday with my family. I teach the women lessons from our modern-day apostles and prophet. I love having that opportunity to really study and delve into the guidance we are being given right now to deal with the things of the world, to avoid the temptations that are around us and have happy lives amid the increasing chaos. I read my scriptures and pray daily, so that I may have inspiration as I raise my children and come in contact with those around me. We also have Family Home Evening once a week, a family activity where we can enjoy time together and study the gospel. I am a friend to the other women in my congregation. I visit with them and help them - whether they need a meal, a babysitter or a listening ear. I try to lift and help those around me, whether they are Mormon or not. I try to teach my children about service, compassion and kindness. To think about others. We look forward to chances where we can share our happiness, the knowledge of the gospel, with those around us.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Melanie
Tithing is a commandment we learn about in Malachi, in the Old Testament. As a reminder that all we have is actually a gift from God, we give 10% of our income 'back' to him. When we follow this commandment, we are promised many blessings. I have a personal testimony of tithing. My husband has been in school/residency for our entire marriage. I have been a stay at home mom since our first child was born. We always manage to have just enough to provide for our four children. I know it is because we pay our tithing. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Melanie
Yes, we are Christians, because we believe Jesus Christ is our Savior. He was the only one who could pay the price for our sins, giving us the chance to repent and become clean and pure again. We follow his teachings and example. Show more Show less