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Hi I'm Melina.

I am a singer, actor, performer. I am in quarter-life limbo. I love my family. I am a Harry Potter nerd. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a single, female, college drop-out trying to make my way in the world! And sometimes it's scary! I am a Hurricane Katrina Survivor. American Idol auditionee. Harry Potter lover. Theatrical make-up & costume designer. Amateur chef. Music junkie. I am a whiner & a complainer. A nap-taker. A daydreamer. A dream-doer. I love singing, rain, strolling, laughing, loving, hugging, playing, writing, poetry, movement, art, hiking, running, cosplay, baking, japanese street fashion, russian language and culture, classical literature, charity, children, blogs, camping, karaoke, piano-playing, animals, new people, antiques, circuses, travel. I dislike intolerance, fear, betrayal, & oppression. And on top of all this, I love the gospel and my eternal family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. I was baptized when I was eight. And I made it through high school without too many temptations. I believe at this point I became complacent. When I was in college, I made some pretty poor decisions, but I eventually found my way back to the Church and I am forever grateful for the miraculous circumstances that occurred in order for that to happen. Even now, my straight and narrow path may have some squiggles in it. But I am trying to be the best person I can be. Having seen the world (and the Church) from both sides, I can safely say I am SO much happier as an active and fully-participating member of the Church. I just KNOW. I know from the feeling I get when I attend church meetings. From the true and lasting friendships I've made. From the visible difference in how my family treats each other. From more reasons to smile. From experimenting with counsel and finding out for myself that it is true. Because it IS true.

How I live my faith

I do my best to live my life as an example of one who follows Christ's teachings and try to be a light in the lives of others. Within the Church, most of my callings have been music related, whether playing piano for meetings, or directing our ward's choir. But I have also had the opportunity to serve as a teacher to the women in my ward. My performance schedule sometimes makes it difficult to attend church activities, or even meetings, but I go every chance I get. I pay my tithing, and try to live frugally. And among my friends, I give advise without judgment, and comfort without questioning. I love as unconditionally as possible those I like and dislike, those I know and don't know.