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Hi I'm Melanie

I'm a native Californian, a periodic Bostonian, and now a Midwesterner. I love learning from diversity, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of 4 children, and a wife of an oral surgery resident. I have a passion for language; I speak Spanish proficiently, French conversationally, and English imperfectly! Along with my love for language comes a love for literature and the way it can speak to my soul. Some of my favorite pieces are various British poems from the 19th Century, the book "Uncle Tom's Cabin", and the book "The Chosen." I love how literature puts me in touch with humanity and the emotions and experiences of others that discreetly surround me. Since I have the privilege of staying home with my 4 young children, I thrive on the interactions I have with them day to day. I yearn for structure, consistency, and order in our home, but find myself achieving that far less than I plan! But I'm grateful for the virtues that come from interacting with each of these precious people who have desires and agendas of their own! Through them, I've learned more of patience, flexibility, respect, and of course nurturing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints because I have experienced the direct lifeline that I have with God as a result of living by its teachings! There are such a wealth of spiritual resources to be found in this gospel. I have been a member of this church all my life and have never lacked answers to my prayers or spiritual direction because of the wellspring of revelation at my fingertips! I have come to know Christ as I have applied the teachings I learn from the scriptures as well as modern day prophets. And as I have sown seeds of faith and lived the things I learn from this gospel, I harvest purpose in my life, clarity in potentially cloudy situations, and certainly great joy! I cannot help but want to embrace it and live it more fully!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by first nurturing my own personal spirituality daily. I find I am not successful in my daily endeavors and challenges unless I find time to pray each day as well as study and ponder over words in the scriptures or from modern day prophets. As a result of this daily personal quest, I have desired that my children have similar springboards for their own spiritual convictions, and have encouraged them to read daily from the scriptures (I aid the younger ones!) as well as kneeling for their own prayers morning and night. All of our days run so much more harmoniously if we each make efforts to do these things! After checking to make sure that my own spiritual flame is ignited, I seek to then encourage those around me and feel the power of Jesus Christ's love in their lives. There are many ways that I feel prompted to share this! Sometimes it is by complimenting a stranger or making eye contact and smiling at a child. Other times it is by volunteering to help a struggling mother on an airplane or visiting an associate with cancer and bringing her an encouraging note. Usually I don't see the results of my efforts in the lives of others, but I can feel satisfied that I am ministering to them the way Christ would be if He were here in their presence. I find that if I begin my day with a prayer of "Who can I help? And how can I help them?", the Lord will guide me to someone who needs that assistance. Then the person receiving the service as well as myself can in turn feel edified. I certainly feel remorse that I am not always able to respond to others in a Christlike manner, but know that the beauty of Christ's sacrifice for me is to make perfect my imperfections!