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Hi I'm Melanie

I am a wife and mother. I work at our high school. I love music, genealogy and being a friend to everyone. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After 20 years of being a stay at home mom I returned to work this year. I have served for many years on the PTO/PTA board, band booster club and in other youth organizations such as cub scouts. With four teenagers and an active involvement in church and community I have learned the great importance of setting priorities. Sometimes a good thing needs to be put aside for the benefit of something better. My family comes first in service and brings me my greatest joy. After years of sacrifice for my family I am now seeing the fruits of my labors as my children go into the world with strong values, a good work ethic and a great love for our Saviour Jesus Christ. I do take time out occassionally to refill my bucket. I enjoy reading, genealogy, rubber stamping and travel. Whether it is a trip across the sea to see an ancestral home or in the next city for a day without resonsibility - I enjoy taking time to re-evaluate and re-commit myself to who I want to become.

Why I am a Mormon

In my community service I have had the opportunity to work with may people from different faiths or of no faith. There are many good people from all walks of life, and there are some Mormons who still have a lot to learn. So why do I choose to be a Mormon? It is because of what my membership offers to me and my family. We are taught to embrace righteous behavior, have high standards and serve others. My children go forward confidently, proud to stand up for the values they are taught each week at church. They are not afraid to face difficult decisions because they know the Lord will guide them. They are well prepared to be honest adults and look for opportunities to serve others. For myself, I know I have the Holy Spirit always with me as a guide through challenges and a comfort in times of need. I feel peace even when the future seems uncertain. I read the scriptures to learn how to handle situations and to know what I can do to become a better person. Most importantly, I have come truly know and understand my Saviour. I feel his love for me and all around me. It is such a comfort to know he will pull me out of a bout of depression or carry me through a heartache. Knowing my Saviour and what I can become helps me strive each day to be a better person that yesterday.

How I live my faith

As I serve in the community I look for opportunities that will help lessen someone else's load. I enjoy becoming friends with others and try hard to not judge them based on my beliefs. I enjoy working with youth. The youth are still defining who they are and I want to be a positive influence and example to them. As I serve in my community I always try to maintain my integrity. In one of my service opportunities I uncovered a situation that I felt was not completely honest. I was surprised when the general consensus was "we likely won't get caught so we shouldn't worry about it." My husband and I made the difficult decision to not participate in this activity any longer since it would compromise our integrity. We still belong to the organization and look for opportunities to serve there. We also do not treat others differently because of their decision, but we can stand with confidence knowing we are doing all we can to do what the Saviour would do. I often reach out to others who may feel lonely or sad. I feel everyone needs a friend and I try to be that friend. I try to listen without passing judgement. My husband and I love to invite people into our homes to share a meal and stories. I have had many opportunities to be in leadership positions in the church. It is a humbling experience to be responsible for teaching and leading God's children. It was very rewarding the time one of the teenagers came to me and enthusiastically said, "Remember what you taught us last week . . . it really works!" Another time I knew a single mother who was unhappy and didn't believe in herself. As she started coming to church again I watched her countanance and her interractions with her children change. I rejoiced to see her become confident and enjoy being a mother. I can truly say I find great joy and happiness as I try to live my life as the Saviour wants me to. By keeping His commandments I become a better person and help others do the same!