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Hi I'm Melanie

I spent some of my childhood in Scotland. I am a mother and grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived a varied life and it started because my mother liked to travel. Our family went to Scotland when I was 2 years old and my first glimpse of a beach was in Aberdeen on the North Sea where it was howling a gale. I have since learned that beaches can be truly delightful places of sun and sand. I have lived in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and England and visited other countries. I enjoy the variety of cultures and people and I especially love to hear about other people's lives as they are so fascinating. My education started in Scotland, then onto Tasmania finishing in the USA where I attended college. I have had a variety of jobs as well including waitressing when I was young, office admin, naturopath and science teacher in high school. We have even had a very successful network marketing business. My husband and I have 5 children and 7 grandchildren and we love this time of life! So I guess variety is the theme of my life. Even my interests are varied including piano, painting in soft pastels, the lastest in science discoveries and reading.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I was always very interested in God and even when we didn't attend church (we attended rarely) I would conduct my own church meetings in my bedroom. When I was 12 years old two Mormon elders knocked on our door in Tasmania and my mother invited them in. We immediately felt the wonderful spirit these young men carried and when they told us there is a living prophet on the earth today I was very interested. After we had listened to the missionaries for a few weeks my mother asked me if I thought we should be baptised into the Mormon church. I said "yes" and she asked "why?" I didn't realise then but I knew it was true because of the witness of the Holy Ghost telling me it was. 48 years later I still know it is true because of the continued witness of the Holy Ghost. In all the 48 years my life has taken ups and downs but God has always been there for me and as I look back over my life I can see His guidance there. I am where I should be and I feel stronger than ever that God is real, Jesus Christ is the Saviour and Redeemer of the world and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ("Mormon" church) is true. Anyone can find out for themselves and I like that. I like to know things for myself and think others should have that opportunity as well.

How I live my faith

Since I joined the Mormon church in 1963 I was taught both by my mother and by the Church to get educated, better my character and serve in both the Church and the community. I have tried to do these things. Through the years, because the Church is a lay church (no paid clergy), I have had many opportunities to speak in church meetings (which has abolished the fear of public speaking), teach classes to young children, youth and adults and even learn to play the organ for church meetings as no-one else in the meeting could play the piano (that was scarey at first). I have also had the opportunity to have positions in the church's womens auxiliary which concentrates on caring for both the women over 18 in the church and in the community as needed. I have been able to see the hungry fed, the poor housed and the sad and mourning uplifted and receive comfort and care as a result of the work of the women in this auxiliary. At the present time I teach 16-17 year old girls on Sundays and am involved at times in their fun activities on Tuesday nights and at other times. Again my experiences have been varied and through the years have felt the love of Christ through my experiences.