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Hi I'm Melanie

And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large home of two older sisters and three older brothers, me being the youngest. My parents divorced when I was about five years old. My dad remarried later on and had five more children. So there are eleven kids total! I have always enjoyed having such a large family. It has been one of my greatest blessings. I love getting together with my older siblings that are married or in college and having a huge family reunion. Having three brothers right above me, we would always play games like "freeze tag" and we frequently enjoy quoting movies. My family are all movie geeks. I love it. :) Some of the things I enjoy doing are archery (I have an amazing hot pink bow), I love to read fantasy and historical fiction novels, I watch movies very often, I like to play board games with my family, and I love to hang out with my friends. I am currently attending school at Brigham Young University and am preparing for an LDS mission to Belém Brazil. It's time to forget all of my Spanish! I still haven't decided what I'm going to study at BYU, but my passions are psychology, history, and music.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised into this church and it wasn't until a year or so after I was baptized at age 8 to truly come to appreciate this gospel. After all of the trials I have had in my life, I have learned that the only way that I can survive them, is to lean on my Savior, Jesus Christ. He went through all of the things I have gone through. He knows my sorrows and pains and sins. He has already suffered through them. I know that He truly cares about me. He knows me so personally and individually, better than I even know myself or than how my family knows me. His sacrifice that He gave to me is so precious and dear, and it cannot be taken for granted. I know that I can repent and He will literally "remember them no more" and make my sins that are "as scarlet ... be as white as snow..." I follow His gospel because I know it is the only true gospel on this earth. The Book of Mormon is the word of God, a compilation of testimonies of prophets in the ancient Americas. Joseph Smith Jr. did bring it forth and translate it through the power of God. Joseph restored this gospel to this earth. I have to fervently strengthen my testimony and keep nourishing it. But I will always know that this is the true church and that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today.

How I live my faith

Attending a church school is super beneficial for living my faith. Almost everyone here is Mormon! The atmosphere is great, most people have the same standards, and it's just really wholesome. However, I've found that all of this means nothing if we don't cultivate our testimonies. I live my faith by doing the things that Jesus Christ has commanded us to do: pray, read the scriptures, attend church regularly, have charity and love for those around us. Scripture study is especially dear to me. Whenever I read, I can literally feel the power of God. I always begin and end my study with prayer, and I come out of it a humbled person with more resolve to do better the next day than I did before. I love this gospel, and I try to show my love for it by serving others.

Are Mormons Christians?

Melanie
We most certainly are Christians! Our entire faith revolves around Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Melanie
I actually took a class about this subject back in high school. A cult is defined as a group or organization that is unorthodox, or goes against the norm. A cult is usually founded by a leader that is charismatic. Almost all cult leaders have been known to be very manipulative, intelligent, brain-washing type people. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to some is viewed as a cult for the reason that we are unorthodox. Before the Church, there were only the "normal" Christian faiths like Catholics and Protestants such as Lutheran, Jehovah's Witness, Baptist, etc.... We are not Protestant. Nor are we Catholic. Indeed it is unusual that we do not fit into these dominations, which is as I can imagine why some people believe we are a cult. Furthermore, some people believe we are a cult because we were "founded" by a "cult leader", Joseph Smith. However, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was not founded by a man, but by the Lord himself, using Joseph Smith as an instrument in His hands. And besides that, Joseph Smith lacks almost all the characteristics that would be present in a cult leader. He was a strong and righteous leader, but not a "cult leader". The Church is not a cult, but rather a church that is different, but true. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Melanie
Mormons absolutely do not practice polygamy. It is a practice that totally defies what our Heavenly Father has told us. In the early days of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the prophet Joseph Smith was commanded by the Lord to practice polygamy. There is not a clear reason why, but it is my personal belief that at the time, there was so many righteous woman that were in need of a righteous spouse. Also, I think that the Lord set in motion that commandment to test the early Saints, to see if they were stalwart enough to follow and live such a difficult commandment. Joseph Smith and others were obedient to that command to practice polygamy, but they did it reluctantly. I cannot even imagine how hard that would be, to marry another when you already have a spouse that you love and admire, but Joseph was faithful and did as the Lord commanded. The practice of polygamy only lasted until 1890, when the prophet Wilford Woodruff received a revelation from the Lord that the practice should stop. The Church has received more and more revelation since that it is unlawful to practice polygamy and that we are firm believers against it. The Lord had a purpose for it back in the 1800's, but now He no longer wants it. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Melanie
Pornography has touched my family, and I am very sad of it. It is a horrible addiction that literally triggers the release of certain chemicals in the brain and leaves a lasting impression on the mind. As one views it, it is hard to eradicate. However, pornography is everywhere! We see it on billboards, on TV commercials. It pops up on google searches and on Facebook. How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography? Sometimes, it seems like an impossible task to safeguard our family. My dad has a friend who was once a member of the church, but due to several choices he made, was excommunicated. He became heavily addicted to various drugs and involved in pornography. He always had a testimony, but he knew he couldn't come back to church until he overcame these addictions. What's interesting to me is that while he was able to overcome all of the drug addictions, pornography was the one he struggled with the most. One day, my dad introduced him to family history work, specifically, indexing. My dad's friend got involved and he found that when he indexed, he was filled with the spirit and had absolutely no desire to look up pornography. This shows how technology can be used for both good and evil. Eventually, my dad's friend got to the point that he was able to completely overcome his pornography addiction, an addiction he had had all of his life, in which he overcame in 2 months, and was re-baptized in January of 2014. His story remains an inspiration. Show more Show less