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Hi I'm Melanie

I am a Full Time Mum and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the church and was baptised at the age of 21 during the final years of my university studies. I achieved a LLB in Law and six months after my graduation I served a full time mission for the Church in the South of France. On my return I achieved a Masters in Law and Society Child Protection and a few weeks after submitting my thesis I got engaged to be married and we have been blessed with 4 beautiful children... so far!. I love being a mum and most of my interests relate to making our home a better place to be. I spend most of my time making sure that the family have balanced meals and clean clothes but I will openly admit that housework usually plays second fiddle to reading lots of fantastic children's stories, building giraffes out of bricks and singing and dancing around the living room to nursury rhymes. The children are growing up way too quickly so my priority is to enjoy spending time with them before they all grow up and flee the nest. I am beginning to master the art of making chocolate chip cookies and have achieved success in chocolate muffins and banana cake. I do make a more nutritious tomato and basil pasta sauce and a repitoire of tasty soups and the menu is expanding. I love to learn new things and one day I am going to learn to play the piano so watch this space. I love to read, sing and eat and especially enjoy spending time with friends and family talking over good food or a hot chocolate.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I learnt for myself it was what the Lord wanted me to be. I was born into Roman Catholicism and was taught the stories of Jesus, but as a teenager I began to question the existence of God and felt moody and negative. I remember being in my room one day thinking 'God, if you're there, please let me wake up tomorrow feeling better.' I gave no more thought to this prayer until half way through the next day as i wondered why i felt so good. Then I felt the distinct impression 'because I am here.' I have never doubted the existence of my Heavenly Father since. Within weeks of this experience, two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints knocked on the door, the first of many who taught us about the gospel of Jesus Christ. At the time it seemed too incredible to believe but deep down i knew it was possible. It wasn't until I was 17 that i accepted the invitation to read from the Book of Mormon. It got me thinking and I felt good but I didn't recognise those calm, peaceful impressions were the Lords way of letting me know it was true. Going to University helped put everything into perspective. I had questions and began to search for answers. My mother's influence played a great role as i began to see the principles of the gospel were more than just good. They were protective. They were a guide. They explained everything. And bit by bit the Lord led me to the waters of baptism. He heard my prayers and He answered them. I was taught by the missionaries and began to study the Book of Mormon. As I read my heart was filled with such love and with a great sense of peace. I had found my answers. I was baptised shortly afterwards and my love of the scriptures has grown immensely. I am a Mormon because that is what I need to be to fulfil my purpose in life and because being a mormon and living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings me joy and happiness and provides me with strength beyond my own when the challenges of life arise.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to focus on the things that matter most and by prioritising my time to do the things that can help me feel closer to my Father in Heaven. I talk to my Father in Heaven every day in prayer. I try to share my day with Him, my hopes, dreams, disappointments, my challenges and even my negative feelings. I try to recognise the many things i have to be grateful for and thank Him for the many blessings He has given me. I seek to get to know Him better through studying the scriptures. I truly believe that the answer to any question can be found by turning to the word of God. I strive to apply the things that I learn to improve my relationship with God, my family and friends and also to help see myself the way my Father in Heaven sees me. I look for ways to make each day a great day, not just for me, but for anyone I come into contact with. I try to remember that its the little things that mean the most such as a smile or a listening ear. I attend church meetings every Sunday and partake of the sacrament bread and water which is how I renew my commitment to the Saviour and remember the promises I made when I was baptised. I teach the nursury age children during the sunday school meetings and sing songs and try to help them recognise that they have a Father in Heaven who loves them dearly. I place my trust in Jesus Christ and when things get tough and the storms of life rage, then I turn to Him because I know He is always there. It doesn't make the horrible bits go away but it gives me the strength and courage I need to put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. And when I make mistakes - something else I do on a daily basis, then I try to recognise my shortcomings and say sorry to Heavenly Father and attempt to make amends.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead, the first being our Heavenly Father and the second being His son Jesus Christ. We believe that the the Holy Ghost is a spirit and that His influence can be felt in our lives when we live in accordance to the teachings of the gospel. When we keep the Lord's commandments, the Holy Ghost can be our constant companion. He has several roles. To teach, to comfort, to guide, to testify of truth. Show more Show less