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Hi I'm Melanie

I'm a stay at home mom of 7 children. I'm an artist and an author. I love family history. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I began drawing as a young child, and it started me on a creative path I continue to walk today. I obtained a Bachelors of Art in Art at BYU. Although I don't use traditional visual arts as often as before, I still love to learn new skills and create useful and beautiful things. I have dabbled in furniture design and construction, home renovation projects, and smaller beautification projects. In textiles, I have designed and sewn formal dresses and clothing as well as home furnishings. I have designed quilts, banners, and bags. I knit and crochet too. Creating has brought me such joy! As my genealogy research moved forward, I realized I had learned so many endearing life lessons from our ancestors that I wanted to share them with family. It forced me to pick up a new medium-- writing. I am writing the stories of faith and courage from the life histories of my ancestors. I have begun to oil-paint in order to illustrate these stories I'm writing, hoping to capture these stories visually like Norman Rockwell so aptly did. While at BYU, I met and married a wonderful man named Scott who became my husband. We are parents of 7 terrific children. Scott and my children have helped me in my often chaos-producing projects all these years. Now they help with my writing by being sounding boards and editing my manuscripts. This family has brought me such joy and fulfillment, more than any other of my creations.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an LDS home, although my parents were casual in their worship. I loved attending church and would get rides with my Mormon neighbors to attend when my parents had other plans. I leaned heavily on the Savior when my Mom died when I was in my early teens. He gave me strength to continue on when life became difficult in the years that followed. Through many little miracles, I was able to support myself through college and obtain my degree. I know He lives and loves me. I know that He has restored His church to the earth to bless us and administer His gospel. I can't imagine that any other way of life can bring the kind of joy into my life as God's plan has.

How I live my faith

On Sundays, my responsibility is to play the piano for the children in our congregation. After Sacrament meeting, the children go to Sunday School. For part of the time, a song leader teaches songs about Jesus to the children. I get to accompany them. I love to hear them sing the same songs I learned as a child, the ones that made me want to get rides to church. My husband is involved in church leadership, which gives me an opportunity to support him in what he does. I have met a lot of wonderful people within the congregations he visits. And it goes without saying that we are raising our children using the tenets that we live in the LDS church. Having a large family fully active in our congregation keeps us all busy attending the various church activities. It has also afforded me the opportunity to work with nearly every age group at church.