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Hi I'm Melanie

I'm a wife to my best friend. I'm a mom of 4 and a grandma of 2. I'm a piano teacher. I love to cook and run. And I'm a Mormon

About Me

I love being happy and content where I am. Regardless of what trials life may bring, the Gospel of Jesus Christ keeps me grounded. I love to spend time with my husband. He is my best friend. It doesn't matter where we are or what we are doing. When I'm with him I am happy and content. I also love my 4 kids. There is no greater fulfillment than being with them and watching them learn and grow and succeed in life. I have been blessed with a 3-year-old grandson and a 9 month granddaughter who bring the greatest joy to my life. Grandchildren are like the icing on the cake after many years of raising children. I just get to love them and love them some more. I have been teaching piano for 6 years! I currently have 23 awesome students. It is very rewarding to see these students start with no knowledge of music and progress and gain faith in themselves and their abilities. I love running! I have run two marathons and a few half marathons and some smaller 10K's. Running fills my soul like nothing else. When I run I pray, I listen to music, I think and ponder and work life out. I have had many sacred experiences in all of the hours I have spent running. It is a wonderful outlet for me! I also like to cook. My favorite is baking. I love to make pies and bread. My specialties are a killer pie crust and pretty darn great cinnamon rolls!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was blessed to be born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But above that, at one point in my live I had to know for myself that it was true. When I was 18, I was at college and had been challenged in my religion class to find out for myself if the Book of Mormon was true. So I decided to take the challenge and read Moroni in the Book of Mormon. In Chapter 10:4,5 it tells us that if we ask God in faith and with a sincere heart that these things are true that He will make the truth know unto us. As soon as I prayed and read those words, the most overwhelming feeling came over me and I could not deny that the Book of Mormon is a true book. There have been many times since that I have had a warm feeling manifesting to me the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through that confirmation of the Holy Ghost, I have gained a deep testimony of my Savior and what he has made possible for me. Because of Him I can return to my Heavenly Father again and be with my loved ones who have passed on before me. I also felt that wonderful feeling again when I read Joseph Smith's testimony of how he came to know this was the true gospel. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he restored the true Church and translated the Book of Mormon. We do not worship Joseph Smith. We honor him for what he did to restore this gospel. I'm a Mormon because I have received a testimony of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints. I cannot deny it because the Holy Ghost has confirmed to my mind and my heart that these things are true!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a good friend and neighbor. I believe that as long as I am trying to emulate what Jesus would do that I will be a good example of a Christ-like person. I try to be a patient, kind, selfless person in all that I do. I attend my church meetings every Sunday to take the sacrament and renew my coventants with God. I serve in my church assignments in our youth program. My assignments lie with the young women (girls ages 12-18). None of our ministry is paid. So we all volunteer our services for whatever assignment we are called to do. I try to serve wherever I am asked to. This past summer my husband and I planned a pioneer trek and took 216 youth and 40 or 50 adults to Wyoming to dress like pioneers and push handcarts across the plains just like the pioneers did. We have tried to teach our children correct principles so that they live their lives as examples of our Savior. We have scripture study and prayer as a family daily. We have Family Home Evening on Monday nights. This is a night where we clear the calendar and come together as a family for gospel study, fun activities and service. Although I'm not perfect, I try to be a true person in all that I do. Almost every day, I ask myself, "What would Jesus do?" That helps me to be the kind of person I need to be.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

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