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Hi I'm Melanie

I'm a wife, mother, and volunteer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 20 years now and we have one beautiful daughter who is 16. I'm a Stay-at-Home Mom and a volunteer in all of our daughter's activities. I love spending time with my family, cooking, organizing, reading, and I used to decorate cakes (when I had the time!). I'm a Mormon, and I love serving in my Church!

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were raised as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so, naturally, I was born and raised in the Church. As I began to grow up and entered adulthood, experiencing the normal trials that come about from being an adult, I soon learned on my own that the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are invaluable to surviving such trials. I began to gain my own personal testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ. For example, several years ago, we experienced problems with infertility and the difficult trials associated with that. We had a two-year old daughter and were trying to have more children and soon found ourselves dealing with the very difficult trial of infertility. We experienced the roller coaster ride of emotions and the devastating disappointment that comes with failed attempts to get pregnant. We experienced the stress and strain that it can put on a marriage and on a toddler who did not understand what was going on. We experienced how infertility can become an all-consuming problem and affect every aspect of "normal" life. We experienced the constant questions by others of when we were going to provide siblings for our daughter and why we had not had any other children yet. We experienced the pain of seeing newborn babies and desperately wanting to have another one of our own to hold in our arms. These are all very difficult trials to endure. Throughout this time, I prayed to my Heavenly Father that we would be able to have another child. It took over a year for my prayers to evolve to what they should have been. Eventually, I was able to sincerely pray that His Will be done and that I would be able to accept His Will, no matter what it was. Immediately after humbly offering that prayer, I knew deep in my soul that I would not have the blessing of having other children. This was an incredibly difficult realization and the inevitable tears began to flow. However, because I had prayed that I would be able to accept the answer, I was immediately blessed with an amazing sense of peace which could only come from my Savior. While I didn't understand why our family would only have one child, I did understand that the Lord loved me, that He was aware of our specific situation, and that everything would be OK - that there was a larger, Eternal picture for my life that I could not see but the Lord did. From that moment on, I have always had that peace with me and while I have felt that twinge of pain at seeing a newborn, that peace immediately sets in and it has not been nearly the hardship that it could have been had I not offered that prayer and had faith that it would be answered. Because of the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I had the knowledge that my Heavenly Father really knows me and cares about me, that my prayer would be answered, and that I needed to trust in the Lord. Although I was not blessed in the way I was hoping, I WAS greatly blessed. I KNOW that my Savior lives and that He knows me personnally and knows the specific trials and concerns I have. I know that my Savior died for me so that I can repent of my sins and return to live with my Heavenly Father. I know that the Savior's Atonement allows for this, as well as the wonderful gift of helping me through any challenging times I may have. I know that prayers are answered and that the Lord is there to help me if I just ask. I am so grateful for the scriptures - the Bible and The Book of Mormon - which teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and shows the path that I need to take to be able to return to Him some day. I love my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and I love this Church which has taught me these things. That is why I am very happy and proud to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to make sure that my moral standards, gained from being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shine through in everything that I do. I have the opportunity to volunteer a lot in my daughter's activities and I'm grateful for those opportunities to try to be an example, especially for my daughter. I am always honest and I work hard to give 100% in all I do. I try to show my daughter how to appropriately dress, speak, be kind to others, and help others in all kinds of settings. I try to show her that my standards are the same, no matter where I am and no matter who sees me. These standards have been taught to me by my parents and by my Church and they are truly a part of me all the time. This Church really is a way of life and it has brought me incredible happiness by living its standards in all aspects of my life.