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Hi I'm Melanie

I'm a stay at home mom. I like riding my pink bike. I use Photoshop to create scrapbooks. I love Mexican food. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love doing stuff (actual stuff) on the computer. I use Photoshop to scrapbook and a spreadsheet to help me keep track of my kids' allowance. I lay out flyers and pamphlets for my school's PTO using Pages. I use my email every single day to keep in touch with family and friends. Yet I get very annoyed with my kids when they spend too much time on the computer. I tell them that this is because THEY are merely playing games while MY computer time actually accomplishes something. I am still not sure whether or not I like Facebook. I like to make bread. It's the one thing I make that my kids all agree is yummy. I would be lost without my Kitchen Aid mixer. My mom used to knead bread by hand and I know how... but it's way too much work! I like to cook but hate to do dishes, so I usually just make simple meals. I love the TV show Star Trek and I can't wait for scientists to actually invent the food replicator so I don't have to worry about meal preparation any more. I have two kids with Aspberger's Syndrome and two garden variety (what is 'normal' anyway?) kids. This combination keeps me busy, and has taught me to be very slow to judge others. I love being a parent and a stay at home mom. Something that makes my day, any day, is spending lunch time with my husband. Someday I'd like to try yoga and get a black belt in a martial art. When some ingenious person melds these two things into the latest fitness craze I will be signing up for that class at the YMCA first thing.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a person who appreciates a logical explanation. Faith is necessary, always, but I also think that God is a god of order, and that His rules, laws, and actions must make sense. Everything I know about the gospel, as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, seems reasonable and logical to me. It makes sense. And so I come to church, ready to believe, to learn more. I feel the Spirit confirm the things I've been taught. And when I live according to the precepts of the gospel I feel peace. The gospel brings me both happiness and joy. The scriptures say, 'by their fruits ye shall know them.' The fruit of the gospel in my life is sweet. So on one level, the teachings are reasonable and make sense. That makes them easy for me to accept. On another level I feel a spiritual confirmation and peace as I live what I believe to be true. This combination is a powerful force in my life. I'm a Mormon because I know the gospel is true.

How I live my faith

I work with the youth of the church, specifically the girls aged 12-18, who we refer to as Young Women. In my role in Young Women's I teach lessons, prepare activities, and interact with the girls a lot. I feel like my most important role is to help them learn about the gospel and develop their own testimonies. Living the gospel is part of my daily life. I wouldn't know what to do without it. We have family prayers daily. We have Family Home Evening once a week. I call other members of my church to chat and visit at least once a week. I have lessons to prepare for Young Women and activities to get ready for Young Women at least weekly. Sometimes it's a lot, but at the same time it provides a structure for spiritual growth. When I serve others I know the Lord is pleased.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We believe that no one can be saved without the Atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Each of us requires grace to be saved. The Atonement of Christ can save every single person on the Earth, if they accept Christ as their Savior and repent of their sins. It is important to realize though, that accepting Christ as our Savior is not simply a matter of declaring our belief in him. Accepting Christ means doing as we have seen Him do. We show our faith in Christ through our works, and complete our repentance by turning away from actions and thoughts that are wrong. We are saved by Christ's grace, and come unto Christ through our works. "We know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do" 2 Ne. 25:23 Show more Show less