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Hi I'm Melani

I am a wife, mother, runner, nature lover, and a preschool teacher. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a stay at home mother of four busy children; two girls and identical twin boys. I am happy to be married to my best friend. As a mom my daily delights are dancing in the living room, bug collecting, reading stories, sweet little kisses, and giggles. I love spend time with my young family -- hiking, park-hopping, picnicking... just being together. The importance of family togetherness was taught to me growing up by my tight-knit family of my mother, father and six sisters. My interests help characterize who I am. In my “spare” time I like to run, shop, and read. I am blessed to live in a beautiful place, allowing me to enjoy God’s creation. One of my passions is teaching young children. Currently, I am privileged to be the director of a preschool that three of my children attend -- I absolutely love it! My background is in Elementary Education. Formerly, I was a 2nd grade and kindergarten teacher in the public school district before committing myself to full-time mothering. I also served a full time mission in Virginia -- this gave me a greater understanding of people and helped me develop a love of serving those in need. My favorite things are the simple; the embrace of a loved one, the sights of beautiful sunsets and stunning rainbows, the smell of morning air, the taste of homemade bread, and the sound of laughter.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a family with a rich heritage, spanning all the way back through the generations from the present to the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. On both my mother’s side and my father’s side I have pioneer ancestors. My family history as part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints goes as far back as Joseph Smith’s time. My direct ancestors made many sacrifices to stay true to their faith. This faith has been carried on through generations. As a very young girl, my good parents taught me to love the scriptures, the importance of church attendance, and that Heavenly Father does answer prayers. My faith in, understanding of, and love for Jesus Christ has increased as I have gotten older. I have chosen to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and try to help my family understand the treasures in the scriptures. I am a Mormon because I know that the principals and doctrines taught are true. I know that Jesus Christ died for us so that we can live with him and our Heavenly Father again. I know the Book of Mormon to be a true book because I have read it and prayed about it. I know the Bible to also be the word of God as far as it is interpreted correctly. We have a prophet and twelve apostles who live on the earth today. We get to listen to their words, study them, and get a confirmation from the spirit of the Holy Ghost that they are true. Joseph Smith did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and did restore the gospel of Jesus Christ once again upon the earth. I know that families can be forever! I know that the work done in temples is very important and right. This knowledge brings me so much hope and safety in an increasingly wicked world. I am grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

How I live my faith

My church is very important to me. I try to live in accordance with the doctrines and principals taught. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ I base my decisions upon the teachings from the scriptures. Prayer is a big part of my life; I know that Heavenly Father is real and there is power in a prayer. I have seen simple miracles in my life in answer to prayers. I desire to go to church every Sunday to learn more, be reminded of how to do better, and to fill the love of those who believe the same way as I do. One of the great opportunities I have at church is to sing with the children ages 18 months to 3 years old every Sunday. I teach them songs about Jesus. These children are pure and sweet. On Monday evenings, our family has family home evening, this night is set aside to be together as a family and study the principals of the gospel. We teach our children about the scriptures, about values, about standing up for what they believe, and about following the example of Jesus Christ. I also have the privilege of attending the temple. The temple is a place of learning, prayer, and peace. I love to go so that I can feel the love that Heavenly Father has for me. As I try my best to do the things I know are right and good, this makes me happy and gives me peace.