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Hi I'm Melody

I'm a social worker, daughter, sister, aunt, friend. I embrace different cultures and have a love for learning. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am close to my family and especially love to spend time with my nieces and nephews. I love having game night with my brothers and their families. I cherish my heritage and long to understand and know more about my ancestors. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work at Brigham Young University Hawai'i. I grew to love the people and cultures of Hawai'i. This experience and the friends I made there changed my life and molded me into the person I am today. I received a Master's Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. I love music of all kinds. I love photography and enjoy documenting the lives of those around me through photographs. I like traveling and exploring new places.I love learning and hope to be as well-rounded as possible. I like to cook, do crafts, hike, camp, shop, watch sports, and play in the rain of the occasional Arizona Monsoon storm. I have friends & family who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and some who are of other faiths. I find that I learn from them all. Those outside of the church help me challenge my own beliefs and help me see the good that any religion can bring to a person's life. We strengthen each other's universal belief in a God who loves His children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. My father was a Presbyterian who converted to Mormonism after he met my mother who was raised a Latter-Day Saint. I have older siblings who are not active in the church and one who along with myself is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Being a member of this church brings meaning to my life. I know where I came from, why I am here, where I want to go and I know what I need to do to get there. I know that I can learn from Jesus Christ's example and can become like Him. I had many positive role models while growing up in the church. These people taught me to think for myself and that I could come to a knowledge of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ for myself. I have read the Book of Mormon. I have attended my church meetings. I have studied what our leaders present. And I have prayed and asked God for confirmation of all of these things. I received an answer in the form of a warm, uplifting feeling, and a confirmation in my heart that this is the church that was on the Earth when Jesus walked in Jerusalem. We do receive modern revelation from prophets and I can live a better, happier, more productive life if I follow these teachings. I've seen the lives of those around me who do not have the true Gospel and I have spoken to them about the burning questions they have and the need for answers. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints provides those answers.

How I live my faith

I surround myself with good people of all faiths, backgrounds, and beliefs who uplift, inspire, and encourage me to be better. I try to act the way a Daughter of God should act. It is a consistent effort to receive the image of God in my countenance but that is my goal. I am far from perfect, but I hope that by knowing me, those I come into contact with will see something different, something good, something special, and will not be afraid to ask me what makes me the way I am. The Gospel is at the core of how I think, speak, feel, dress, and present myself. Do I ever struggle with certain things we as members of the church are asked to do? Yes. It is in those times that I have the privilege of asking God if what I am being taught is true or not. When I ask in faith, I receive confirmation that what I am being taught is directly from God and is for my benefit. Sometimes it feels as though we are asked to do much, but in reality we are asked to do so very little in exchange for the blessings of truth the Gospel brings.