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Hi I'm Mel

I'm Christian.

About Me

I am the senior recruiter in my healthcare staffing office and a full-time college student. I spend my free time outdoors being active as much as possible. I surf, jog, instruct yoga, cycle, hike, camp, etc. Working 50 hours a week while being a full-time student has taught me the blessing that is in keeping the Sabbath holy. It is hands down my favorite day and I look forward to recharging my spirit and my body every week. I am the Young Single Adult representative in my ward and I enjoy spending time with other Latter Day Saint(LDS) people that share my values and standards. Although I have many non-member friends that I respect and love dearly, it's the time I spend with my family and LDS friends that is the most uplifting. It's the difference between fun and joy. You will almost never see me without a smile on my face. It's the happiness I receive from following the direction of my faith and its leaders that have made it possible for me to live a life with an "attitude of gratitude."

Why I am a Mormon

There is a promise in the Book of Mormon that if you read the book; "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." I have accepted this challenge and found the Book of Mormon to be true. I have found through my prayers and experience that being a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints is a wonderful blessing of happiness and comfort that I wish everyone I love could experience so they may be uplifted and have joy in their every day. The LDS church does not publish negative views about other religions. I find great comfort in knowing I am a member of a religion that truly feels we should spend our time uplifting others, even those of other faiths. "In our experience, while it's wrong to stereotype any group of people, the only stereotype that sticks on 'Mormons' is that they build strong families, create successful businesses, and serve as outstanding citizens." -David Gergen, (senior political analyst and adviser to four presidents)

How I live my faith

I am a full tithe payer as I understand the importance of paying my tithing. I enjoy the blessings that I have received as a result of being a full tithe payer, but more importantly I know I am helping to make temples, meeting houses, and missions possible for my brothers and sisters in the world. I fast on the first Sunday of every month and use that time to reflect. I use the money I would have spent on meals that day to help people that are hungry all the time. I research my genealogy. I eat dinner with my family at the table every night and spend one day a week with my family focusing on them and the gospel. A family that prays together stays together. It has created harmony in my home. I fulfill my calling to the best of my ability because I see it as an honor to be called to lead in the church. I always offer a helping hand as soon as I notice a task needs done or someone is struggling. "Opportunities for service to others are limitless. Kind words and deeds can lift burdens and gladden hearts. Sharing the gospel is a great service with eternal consequences. One true key to happiness is to labor for the happiness of others." One of my favorite talks relates to this. "Have I done any good in the world today." By President Thomas. S. Monson. I dress modestly and try my best to watch what I say and do. I know I am an example to the younger people in my life and I don't want to let them down. I also know that my non-member friends are paying attention to see how I live my life differently and I want to be a good example to them as well. I also do it because I believe following the doctrines and leadership of the church is truly the plan of happiness.

What is being a Mormon like?

Mel
One of the greatest reasons for being here on earth is to "have joy" 2 Nephi 225. Personal prayer, scripture study, and attending church helps us better understand that the best way to find joy and happiness in this life is to know about Our Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to strive to keep God's "law" Proverbs 2918. Families are an essential part of God's Plan and much of how we live focuses on our families. We want to share the happiness we enjoy with everyone we can through service, missionary work, and contributing to society Show more Show less