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Hi I'm Melanie

I grew up living overseas, I speak three languages, I am the mother of five active boys, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah. When I was nine my father transferred to a position in Sao Paulo, Brazil and we stayed until I graduated high school. I have a LOT of siblings. I learned Portuguese in Brazil and then Spanish while serving as a missionary for the LDS church. While I did complete a Master's degree in library science, I am currently staying at home to raise my 5 little, active boys. (My oldest took the picture for my profile.) I like to read, to write, to crochet. I love looking things up so I can answer their questions. I love discovering the world through my children's eyes. I watch too much TV and my house is always messy. My life is chaos more often than not. I have lived in more than 10 different places in the last 17 years: two different countries and 5 different states. I don't know what it means to settle down.

Why I am a Mormon

I've learned as I grow and look back on my life so far that indecision is a big weakness of mine. My husband jokes that I can't answer a yes or no question with just yes or no. I often spend too much time second guessing myself and my choices. I guess that is why it means so much to me to know that there is a plan out there for my life personally. Whenever I feel unsure of myself, I know that I can turn to God and He is ready to lead and guide me. I know that no matter what strange new place my life decides to take me that He cares about me. I was raised LDS, but I was always told that I had to find out for myself what I believed to be true. As a teenager, I earnestly prayed to find out if this church was the true church of God. The answer I received was that I had always known that it was true. And I had. My Savior, Jesus Christ and his gospel has been the one true constant in my life. I could not imagine living without it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by studying and praying to find out what God wants from me and then trying to do it. When I fail, which is often, I repent and try again. With my husband, I am teaching our boys how to be righteous men of God. I currently teach Sunday School for the adults in our congregation. As we often rotate responsibilities in our wards and branches, I have at times been asked to work with the children of our congregation, or to teach classes to the adult women and to the youth. I have visited and taught those that are new to our faith and worked to coordinate activities and other events. I enjoy being busy and involved and I have learned invaluable skills from serving with others.