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Hi I'm Melanie

I'm a farm girl from Missouri. I'm a college student studying Home Economics Teaching. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a college student, I decided to study something I love that will be practical and aid me in helping the world become a better place. That is why I chose Family and Consumer Sciences Education (Home Economics Teaching). I feel strongly that families are the most important unit to society and the world, and this coupled with my hope to raise a successful and happy family in the future motivates me to pursue this particular degree. Bring the practical person I am, and having my farm-girl background, I particularly enjoy gardening, raising chickens, and participating in home-improvement projects. Other hobbies of mine include sewing, cooking, and making birthday and other celebratory cards for people. I also make time for fun with friends and family, and enjoy playing volleyball, floor hockey, and table-top games with them. I come from a large family. Aside from two exceptional parents, I have nine brothers and five sisters. Eight of my siblings are married and have families of their own now. All of us are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We have seen firsthand the blessings that come to those who believe in Christ and strive to keep His commandments.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I officially became a member of the church when I was baptized on my eighth birthday, but I knew long before that day that its teachings were true. When I attended church as a young child, my teachers taught me about Jesus. My parents also taught me about Him, His life, His Atonement, and His death. A special feeling came to my heart as I listened to my parents and teachers. It was a warm feeling that made me feel happy, a feeling telling me that what I heard was true. This sweet and peaceful feeling, I have learned, is God communicating to me through the Holy Ghost. Over the years as I have carefully tried listening to the Holy Ghost, He has revealed to me that Jesus lived and died for mankind, that Joseph Smith was called of God to restore Christ's church on the earth, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true and good. That is why I'm a Mormon. I know it is true. As I have lived the principle of the Gospel, I have been tremendously blessed. I see God's hand in my life regularly and feel His Love. His Gospel has helped me get through trials, including personal pain, sickness, and the deaths of loved ones. And when life is good, the Gospel helps me live a more rich and meaningful life than I would have lived without it.

How I live my faith

I, as are all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), am encouraged and inspired by my church leaders to aid in caring for and serving my fellow men. By assignment, I visit two other members of the church at least once on a monthly basis, asking them how they are doing and see if they need help in any way. I engage in uplifting spiritual discussion with them and we often share our testimonies of the Lord, Jesus Christ with each other. Currently, both of the individuals I visit are young college students like me. It is important to me to serve the world however I can, and especially to serve God. Members of the church are encouraged to care for and serve one another, but we also serve those not of our faith because we know that all people are children of God. In spring 2011, a terrible tornado ripped through the city of Joplin, Missouri, a city very near my home. The destruction the storm was massive, turning miles of neighborhoods into open plains of rubbish. Many of the Joplin residents were killed, and even more were injured, lost their homes, or experienced intense trauma. I had the privilege of joining groups of fellow Latter-Day Saints in helping these residents of Joplin. We went to neighborhoods of damaged houses and proceeded to knock on doors, assess damages, and offer manual assistance in cleaning up and fixing the residents' homes. Even more importantly, we took the time to listen to these people tell of the difficulties they had experienced. Our goal was to help aid in lifting the burdens born by those who had been affected by the storm.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul wrote that "All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Christ taught that no unclean thing can enter into God's kingdom (3 Nephi 27:19), and since all of us sin, no one is clean enough or pure enough to dwell with God in the next life. There was only one man Who never sinned while He was alive - Jesus Christ. Because He was perfect, He was the only one Who could pay the ransom for sin. This is why we need an Atonement. No person after they have died could live with God again without the Atonement. Show more Show less