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Hi I'm Melanie

I'm a Michigan native, a wife, and a mother to four. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Michigan, but have been transplanted into the desert! I love the life I share with my husband and four children, and we love spending time together. Whether we're enjoying sports games, going on road trips, or even swimming in the backyard pool-- together really is our favorite place to be. I received my BA in Education from Utah State, and work part-time as a Reading Tutor for a phonetic reading school. My mother is a skilled storyteller, and I carry her love for literature in my heart! Afternoon naptime is my favorite time of day because I can devour the books waiting on my nightstand! I feel blessed to be able to help children learn how to decode language into something meaningful and life-changing!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a very active Mormon family in the Midwest. My best friends were from all different cultures and religions, and I had many opportunities to share my family's beliefs from a very young age. I was always known as the "Mormon girl". When I moved away from home to attend college, I knew it was time for me to decide for myself what I believed, and if the "Mormon girl" really was a definition of me. I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover, and prayed to know if what I had read was true. The still, small voice of the Spirit witnessed to my heart that it was. Many years have passed from that moment, but I can still gain strength from that witness. I'm a Mormon because I know Heavenly Father answers prayers. It keeps my perspective clear about what is the most important in life. I find true happiness in that.

How I live my faith

Some of the greatest joys we can have in this life are those we find in service. Being Mormon, I have the opportunity to serve my congregation in many different capacities over the years. Right now, I serve as the President of the children's organization, or Primary. Each week, I coordinate the all the programs involving the children ages 18 months-11 years. It's incredible to be involved in strengthening and supporting families. Leaving the Midwest and most of my extended family was a difficult transition, because we left the safety of our family network. I am continually grateful to have a welcoming congregation that wraps their arms around us, and works together to teach our children and youth how to choose good in the world today. It's an amazing work to be part of, and reminds me we are all part of God's family.