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Hi I'm Melanie

I love fabric, embroidery and quilting. I love reading with kids. I'm a wife, mother and grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love fabric, sewing, and embroidery. My interest in sewing began when I was about 8 years old when my grandmother helped me sew doll clothes. That small seed Grandma planted has grown into many quilts, clothing for my children, gifts for others and has provided many hours of satisfaction. My mother taught me to embroider. She had beautiful stitches and taught me that the back was as important as the front. I find it relaxing to embroider in the evening - and it keeps me from snacking after dinner =) Grandma also planted the first seeds of interest in studying my family history. I loved to look at her books of genealogy. The dates and places and people seemed so long ago. Everything was hand typed on an old manual typewriter. When I was a teenager, I painsakingly copied from her records so that I would have my own copies of our family history. Since my marriage, I have worked to gather my husband's family history. With so much information available on the internet, it is so much easier now than it was when first I started 29 years ago! I have great kids! It is wonderful to see them grow up into great adults! My favorite part of the day is dinner time. We sit down at the table and share not only food, but our day. Everyone shares the best part of their day. We talk and laugh. I enjoy cooking - most of the time - and sharing a meal with my family is the most important thing I do in a day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents. I have gone to church as long as I remember. I loved the songs in Primary, the organization for children. The words of those songs still come back to me when I need their comfort and messages. As a youth, I activitely participated in the youth programs of the church. Building on the teachings of my childhood, I gained more knowledge and understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ by attending Sunday School and seminary. Reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible brought the teachings of Christ more fully into my life. I cannot pinpoint the time when I suddenly knew the church was true. My testimony came in small increments, just as my study of the gospel had taken place in small bits. Now I look back on my gospel journey and I am ever so thankful for it. I see the richness of the gospel in my life. It is the foundation for my life. My choices each day reflect that foundation that took many years to build and strengthen. Just as when I was a child and a youth, I continue to learn and grow in my gospel knowledge. Each time I study the scriptures I learn what will bring me happiness and what the Lord wants for me. As a child, I was a Mormon because my parents took me to church. As an adult, I am a Mormon because it brings me peace in times of trouble. I am a Mormon because it helps me find joy in this life. I am a Mormon because it helps bring me just little closer to the Savior each day.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon gives me many opportunities to serve in the church. Currently I am serving as the president of the women's organization of our ward (a unit in the church). I have a responsibilty for our Sunday meetings and our monthly weeknight activities. With the help of 3 other women, we organize these meetings. We also organize the visiting teaching in the ward. Visiting teaching is a system where women visit and care for each other. We organize women together as visiting teaching companions and give them specific women to watch over. We prayerfully approach these assignments so that all may be cared for. I have the opportunity to visit teach 3 women. One is an elderly woman of 80, another a young mother and the last a woman about my own age. I make an effort to visit them in their homes each month. I bring a gospel message that we discuss. Although it is my responsibilty to care for them, I often feel that I am the one that is blessed by association with them! Some of my favorite visits have been when I have been able to help or give service. I was able to help one woman move, to clean after they had moved out and to help grout the tile. I loved being able to help and lessen her load a bit. Visiting teaching is such a great opportunity for me to get outside myself and learn from and serve other women! One afternoon a week, I read with 2nd graders at my local elementary school. I love this time to help these young kids practice and build their reading skills. I think often of how the Savior loved children as I read with these children. The time I spend with them helps me serve those He loves so much. I like to think it helps me be a little more like Him.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I have often wondered at why some perceive the LDS faith as a cult. Perhaps it is because being a Mormon is much more than just attending a meeting on Sunday. It is a way of life. Being a Mormon guides the way you make choices...not because someone is telling you what to do, but because you are striving to align your will with God's will. Being a Mormon influences every choice you make every day because the end goal is to be with God. The choices we make each day lead us toward or away from Him. We are different from the world in many ways, but we also share a love of the Savior and a desire to follow Him like our Christian neighbors do. Show more Show less