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Hi I'm Meledie

I worked 23 years in administrative and secretarial duties before retiring from Boeing and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm retired, but not bored! I love playing several different musical instruments, currently playing the organ for Sacrament meeting and the piano for Relief Society. I thoroughly enjoy hitching my trailer to my truck to go camping and fishing where I can soak in the beauty of God's creations. An avid photographer, I have been a wedding/portrait photographer on Friday nights or Saturdays for many years. I did weddings of all faiths, but I found the greatest joy was seeing a couple coming out the doors of one of our temples! Pictures of nature can't be overstated, either! I marvel at the beautiful variety in the different parts of this glorious country! When I'm not nurturing the love of my family & friends, I'm basking in the love of my two cats. My spare time is spent creating cards, scrapbooking and other crafts, which is fun to give to all those around me or just sitting down and playing the piano, harp, psaltery, dulcimer, recorder or clarinet. A good book can always be found close at hand, especially my scriptures.

Why I am a Mormon

There is no greater joy in this life than to KNOW that I am a child of God. To KNOW that God, the Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ appeared to the boy, Joseph Smith, who became the instrument for restoring Christ's church back on this earth with ALL its truths, was given the keys to God's Priesthood, and became the first living Prophet in this dispensation. I rejoice knowing that we have a Father in Heaven who loves us so much that He restored the gospel back to the earth in its purest form with the same structure as it was when Christ lived on the earth. It’s a comfort to know that He continues to give us revelation through a living prophet today, that we're not left in the dark, especially in such troubled times.. And He has restored Temples back on the earth wherein we can be sealed to our families for eternity. Every Sunday, I can go to church to partake of the Sacrament, which represents the blood and body of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I've been given the opportunity to renew the covenants I made at the time of my baptism, and If taken of worthily, I am again cleansed of my sins just as I was when I came out of the baptismal waters. What a glorious gift and blessing! And finally (but certainly not everything), I can pick up my scriptures and read the words of God. And through the gift of the Holy Ghost, am given a testimony of the truthfulness of what I have read and its meaning. Why am I a Mormon? I believe, with all my heart, the better question would be, "Why not be a Mormon?" I can't imagine wanting to live without all the blessings I receive each day and more! I sincerely believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ!

How I live my faith

I love doing all I can to emulate the example of service my Savior, Jesus Christ gave during His ministry while on the earth. Until a year ago, I served 14 years in Public Affairs for the church in my area. It gave me wonderful opportunities to work with the leaders of the communities surrounding our church to research opportunities for members to do service projects. Those projects could be either beautifying the community, helping those in nursing homes by entertaining or just listening/talking with those in there, or making blankets for premature infants. The opportunities are endless and so varied. I was also given the responsibility to write articles for the newspapers about our members' achievements, Eagle Scouts, Missionaries, or whatever would be of interest to the community. What was really fun was arranging entertainment from BYU Performing Arts to perform for the community. It was so rewarding to see how much enjoyment those in attendance had. It made all the months of planning and work put into it worth it! Being released was sad, but I've been given more opportunities to serve. I have been given the great privilege of serving a "mini-mission" in Nauvoo, IL working with a Church pageant about our Prophet Joseph Smith. served as a Temple worker, and taught our youth in early-morning seminary. Currently, I play the organ and piano for church meetings or substitute for teachers who need to be gone, And the service projects are a great opportunity to work together to accomplish a greater good. The most important thing is that all are serving without expecting compensation. What's received, however, are amazing blessings and the feeling of knowing you made the life of another better! Opportunities are endless...and you don't need to be asked to serve...just do it because you see a need!

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Meledie
The atonement is so personal, yet applies to every person that lives or ever has lived on the earth. To know that our Savior suffered such unspeakable pain and suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane that it caused Him to bleed from every pour, and then to be taken and cruelly hanged on a cross with nails driven through His hands and feet makes me weep. I weep because I know that I'm one of those that He suffered for. And to know that I hurt Him that much is sometimes unbearable for me and I grieve. But He did this for us because we couldn't do it for ourselves...we're never going to be perfect on this earth like Christ was. We don't have the capacity He has to cleanse ourselves. So I rejoice to know that He was willing to suffer all He did for me so that through His atonement, I can be made perfect in the next life. He did this for all of us, to give us a chance to repent of our sins, truly repent and forsake them and follow Him. To serve Him by helping others and give of myself completely to His will and keeping all of His commandments is a part of what I need to do. I know I will never be able to repay Him for all He did for me, but I know if I do my best, His atonement will cover the rest and give me the opportunity to return home to be with Him again. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Meledie
Yes, I truly do believe we are so greatly blessed to have a living prophet on the earth today. I can't believe that a loving Heavenly Father would leave His children alone and without guidance, especially in such a troubled world as we have today. That prophet is President Thomas S. Monson, is the only prophet that Christ has ordained to lead His church. What a glorious blessing to know Christ loves us so much that He continually speaks to us through His prophet! Show more Show less