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Hi I'm Melanie

I teach third grade, make beautiful cakes, and am a soon to be mother! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a teacher, and a cake decorator among many other things! I was a missionary in Peru from 2005 to 2007. I gained a great appreciation for family, my country, and my religion while serving there. I also learned to love people that were so foreign to me I could barely communicate with them. I continue to use my Spanish working with my 3rd grade students. I love teaching and the challenge I have everyday to inspire children to be better then they are. Many of my students come from poverty, broken homes, and lack basic necessities. I rely on my Heavenly Father and the spirit daily to help me reach each of my students. Patience is a virtue that I learned as a young girl in the church and one that I practice everyday in my classroom. The worth of souls is great in the sight of God, and each of my students is worth so much to me. Patience allows me to reach each and every child that enters my classroom. I also love my family and love every minute that I get to spend with them! I look forward to the birth of my first child. A little baby girl to be born in January 2012. I look forward to raising my own family with my husband and passing on all the traditions and teachings my loving parents gave to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the church and have had a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ for a long time. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because it is Christ's church! He leads his church though a living prophet and apostles. I know that I can understand God's will because he constantly reveals his truths to his prophet. All of the truths Christ taught and established long ago were restored through Joseph Smith and it is this knowledge that drives me to keep God's commandments and continue serving in the church. My life has been so blessed and I know that I have received all of my blessings because of my membership in the church.

How I live my faith

I am currently a leader in one of the cub scout groups in my ward. I work with the Bear Den group with 9 year old boys. I was also recently asked to teach a class on Sundays to the women of our ward once a month. I look forward to starting that soon!

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Melanie
A friend once asked me what time my family ate dinner. I told her well since its just my husband and I we eat whenever we are hungry! She said that every Mormon she had ever known ate dinner at 6pm and thought that all Mormon's had to eat at that time. I assured her that that was not a commandment and each family choose their own dinner time. I guess 6 pm is just a good dinner time! Mormon's celebrate holiday's much like any other family, just without the alcohol! We take time to gather as family during holidays to celebrate, play, and reminisce together. I have many fond memories of games being played when my whole family gathers on holiday's. I also look forward to holiday's for all the delicious food we share with each other! During Christmas and Easter we also focus on the Savior. Over the years my family has acted out the Nativity, watched videos depicting the Saviors life, and shared many testimonies of what we know and believe. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Melanie
We believe that death is not the end. We believe that through Jesus Christ and his sacrifice that we can be resurrected and live forever with our families and with our Heavenly Father. We believe that through righteous works, repentance, forgiveness, and mercy we can be made perfect and return to live in God's presence. This gives me hope, purpose, and direction for my life. It brings me happiness to know that I will be with my family forever. Show more Show less