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Hi I'm Melanie Ann

I'm a creative person with a logical side. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a loving Auntie who enjoyes sewing, making jewlery, scrapbooking, dancing, singing, cooking, reading, walking through nature, and many other activities. I have caused at least one digital camara to got to digital camara heaven due to use. I graduated college with a Bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. My goals are always there even if it takes me a while to achieve them. I want to be a world traveler, and see the whole world. One of my most wonderful vacations was to see Myan history in Central America. I love the colors blue and gree. My favorite time of year is fall. I try to continually build to have a good day, no matter the situation. A diagnosis of endometriosis and the medical treatments to go with it help me discover the truth of the idea that we each have the deciding vote on whether we are happy or not during our life here on earth. It also gave me the strength to fulfill challenges, find empathy for others, and build up my own understanding of who I want to be.

Why I am a Mormon

The easy answer would be, because I was born one, but it's much more complicated then that. Yes, I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and baptised when I was eight. However, I have often been told that I have always seemed to have a testimony of this church. My first really spiritual experience probably occured when I was about six. My family had got to the Dallas Temple Openhouse and as we walked through the Celestial Room I felt such an overwhelming feeling of piece and love that I knew we were in a special place. About when I was ten I sought out my own answers to the questions that build a testimony: is the Book of Mormon true, does Heavenly Father really give us prophets, is this the only true church on this earth. My evening with siblings and cousins as we asked these questions and many other was filled with warmth, light, and the Holy Ghost who answered the questions that I had. Which he does for everyone that really askes and seeks the truth. Even with the most trying and troubling situations in my life I have relied a lot on the testimony I earned and continued to strengthen. I know that this is the true church on the earth. I know that the Prophet Joseph Smith brought about this restoration of the Gospel as he was set apart to do. I know we have a living Prophet today, and he with his counselors and the apostles receive and give continued revelation of what our Heavenly Father wants us to do. I know that the Book of Mormon is the work of God. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, that he did provide the Atonement for us. He knows our trials, struggles and errors, and will be there waiting for us to turn and rely on Him. I know that our Heavenly Father loves us and want us to return to him and to continue to progress.

How I live my faith

In my current ward I teach the youth, ages 12 to 18, in their Sunday School class. I try to make the scriptures understandable and even fun. We are currently learning about Paul's writing on how to be better people and focus on the real important things of this life and faith. There is so much we can learn. I am a visiting teacher. I belong to the longest running women's organization in the world, pretty sure it's the largest too. When I was 18 I earned my Young Womenhood Recognition Award, this is similar to an Eagle Scout Award, but for a young women rather then a young man. This had projects and goals to complete, as well as service to do. I participate in Stake activities using the arts, music, etc. to teach and bring the Spirit to peoples lives and also give them an example of normal Mormon. In the community I give blood, have worked with the Linus Project, Save the Family, and many different clean up efforts throughout the area. I look forward to the bi-annual General Conference and set aside my weekend to learn from the Prophet and Apostals what I need to know to be better. Though I'm not perfect I try to live a Christ-like, and Christ-centered, life and hope that those around me recognised that fact.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Melanie Ann
A church building is dedicated for worship services and we participate in different activities like partaking of the sacrament, praying, and scripture study. It is also a place where we can socialize and be together as a ward family, creating a safe place outside our own homes in a world of chaos. Mormons as well as visitors are welcome to come to the church. A temple is the "House of the Lord." It is a sacred place. Where sacred ordinances are participated in to bless the lives of ALL of Heavenly Father's children. Once a temple has been dedicated, only Mormons who are obeying God's commandments are worthy and able to enter into a temple. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Melanie Ann
We honor Joseph Smith Jr. as a Prophet of the Lord. We also honor Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Daniel, and many others as Prophets. As Joseph Smith was the Prophet of the Restoration we have extra high level of respect for the efforts on his part to not only fulfill all of Heavenly Father's call to restore the Church to the Earth, but also for his strength to keep going when all the efforts of men would have tried to stop him. We respect him for the love and courage he showed for all of us in fulfilling his mission on this Earth. Show more Show less