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Hi I'm Melanie

I was diagnosed with Lymphoma a year ago. Through faith in God, prayers, blessings, and family support I am better. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost I am a wife and mom. I didn't really ever think that is how I would describe myself because I really wanted to be a famous writer. But now, I know that I have been given the blessing of a wonderful husband and of 5 beautiful and amazing children ranging in ages 23-8. My husband and I need to raise them to be righteous sons and daugthers that make the world a better place. Not too long ago, I had two children serving missions. My 23-year-old daughter just got back from serving in the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission. Interestingly enough, this was the same mission that I grew up in.My son is currently serving in the Nebraska Omaha mission, spanish speaking. Interestingly enough again, my husband served part of his mission here. I just celebrated my year anniversary of being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I say celebrate, because there is no sign of the disease in me at this point, and the prognosis looks good. I made it through with the help of family, friends, but especially the faith and understanding that I have of God's plan for me. Now that I have had cancer, I can do anything.

Why I am a Mormon

My family is a different kind of pioneer. They were born and raised in a little Missouri town named Lamar. Its only claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of President Harry S. Truman. My father joined the Air Force and they traveled around the first 20 years of their marriage. Since both my parents were native to Lamar, it was a big surprise when they retired to their roots, and they were Mormons. Something had definitely changed for them. While away, they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Plattsburgh, New York. They were baptized in a font that had just been poured, but had no structure covering it. This began their journey of becoming faithful Mormons and bringing their family up as members of the church with a small number of Mormons around. I have always had a testimony of the gospel from my earliest memories. However, as I have grown up, my testimony has been strengthened in so many ways and by so many spiritual and moving experiences. For some reason, our children needed to go back to our midwestern roots. I have been fighting those roots for a lot of years because it wasn't always easy to be a mormon in a small town with only about 30 people as members of the branch. But I did it, and I am grateful for the things I learned while being a member of small branch.

How I live my faith

I now have one of the greatest opportunities to serve in my church. I get to teach the 16-18 year old young women. I also get to participate in activities with them on a weekly basis. They are amazing girls, and I am so blessed to be able to serve them. They are faithful girls that embody everything about being a true daughter of God. They dress modestly, they participate in church activities and service, they are kind to one another, and most of all they are an example of good in their high school. I also get to serve as a lunch aide at my local school--ages K-8th grade. The best thing about this experience is that I get to see the kids in their environment. Even though I have a degree from Brigham Young University, I love this little 3-hour a day job. It pays very little monitarily, but gives back to me on a personal level. I have a 3rd grader and 8th grader who attend the school, and I get to see how kids are amazing and kind. I also get to see the little problems that kids encounter each day and how they may solve them. Children amaze me, and I love being able to see them interact with each other and me. I am blessed to be a mom of a missionary. I get to hear about his incredible experiences every week, participate in his struggles and successes, but most importantly to see him grow as a man and as a my son. Finally, my 90-year-old father lives with us, and I have the opportunity to serve him. However, I am more grateful that my family and I get to learn from his years of wisdom. He is a little crazy (I mean that in a good way), but he is a joy to have around. He and my mother were the ones that gave me the great gift of being a Mormon, so literally I am eternally grateful. I am truly blessed to have so many opportunties to serve, observe, and continue to raise my five children and my one 90-year-old father.