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Hi I'm Melanie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I AM a full-time wife and mommy of three amazing kids all under the age of five, and I'm so glad to be able to have the opportunity to stay at home! When I'm not playing with or reading to my kids, changing dirty diapers, doing laundry, putting toddlers in time-out or cleaning house, I enjoy cooking and baking, reading, scrapbooking, cake decorating, sewing, blogging, basketball, making crafts, and trying to be domestic. I love music and play the flute and the piano, I also love listening to all kinds of music. As a family, we like to go off-roading, camping, playing games, watching movies and doing anything fun together. I love spending time with extended family, enjoy playdates at the park getting to talk with my girlfriends while the little ones play, and of course, date nights with my handsome husband! I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Communications (Public Relations) and minoring in Music. I have done a few small jobs related to my degree, and have taught music lessons. But my favorite thing to do is being a MOM! It's not always easy, and can get frustrating at times, but it is so worth it! Sweet hugs and kisses, compliments like "you're the best, Mom!", and the giggles and laughs make it so worth it!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm so grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon). The Gospel makes all of the difference in the world; it gives direction & vision to my life like nothing else could. It helps me keep the end goal in mind, instead of getting caught up in the daily nitty-gritty. It helps me to try to be good, and gives me a reason for it. I love that the center of our Church and all of its teaching are centered on Jesus Christ and his Atonement for all of us. I feel my Savior's love in my life each day, which is a sweeter feeling than anything else, and for that, I'm so happy. It keeps me going, even at times when life on this earth seems so hard and depressing. I'm thankful for his mercy and grace, after all I can do. I'm grateful for the fairy-tale story of Joseph Smith. It seems so improbable, but I know God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ appeared to him. It is a miracle that he restored the Church, which was missing from the earth for so long. I'm so glad it's back today and that we have light in a world of darkness. I know Joseph Smith is a true prophet, and I'm grateful for the sacrifice, teachings, and his life he gave in the cause for our Savior and His Church. I know he brought forward the Book of Mormon, and translated it by the power and gift of revelation. That book brings power into my life like nothing else can. It testifies of the Savior, and I've received my own revelation that every word in the Book of Mormon is true. Anyone who reads the Book and prays to the Father can gain their own testimony that it is true, just like I have done. That's the beauty of the Book of Mormon. It is written for our day, and helps me every day to be a better wife, mother, and overall person. Having the Gospel helps me to teach my children to know the things all kids wonder - who they are, where they come from, where they are going. It also helps me to teach them things like how to be a good citizen and person.

How I live my faith

I serve as a Visiting Teacher to three sweet women that live in my area. As a Visiting Teacher, I try to help meet the temporal and spiritual needs of these women and their families in any way I can. This includes visiting them on a regular basis, sharing spiritual thoughts, taking in meals or assisting in other ways as needs arise, calling to check up on them, and making sure they have a friend. Recently, I served as a Wolf Den Leader in the Cub Scout program. These energetic 8-year-old boys are very busy and eager to learn and to prove themselves as being independent. I spent lots of time planning and participating in Den and Pack meetings like building birdhouses, service projects, nature outings, derbys and raingutter regattas, and other meaningful activities that helped the boys learn "do [their] duty to God and [their] country, to help other people, and to obey the Law of the Pack." I also enjoy serving the community by playing musical numbers for the people living in rest homes and retirement centers, and at church.

What is the Relief Society?

Melanie
Relief Society is the Lord's organization for women. The purposes of Relief Society are to strengthen and promote faith, family, and relief. Each Sunday, for one hour, we meet together to give and receive instruction. I love going and connecting spiritually and emotionally with other women, from all ages and walks of life. We have mid-week meetings as well, where we learn about all sorts of things pertaining to our purposes as women of God. I've been to some great mid-week meetings and learned self-defense, how to bake homeade bread, crafts, money management, exercise classes, made quilts for the less-fortunate, book clubs and more. These help me to develop great relationships with the other women in Relief Society, as well as help me to be a better and more well-rounded person. We go Visiting Teaching, two women are assigned some other women in the area, and we go visit and teach, serve and love these women we visit. The motto of Relief Society, which is "Charity Never Faileth", is so appropriate. That is what the women of the Relief Society strive to do: live with an attitude of charity, which when lived, truly never does fail. Show more Show less