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Hi I'm Melanie

I love gardening,writing poetry,cooking,spending time with my husband & precious grandchildren. I love to laugh & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 4 wonderful brothers and two loving parents. I have been married to a loving husband for 35 years. We have been blessed with 2 sons and 2 daughters. We have 3 precious grandchildren and 2 more coming this year. I love to write poetry, cook, garden and talk with people. Getting to know as many people as I can is one of the things I really enjoy. Giving away a smile to those who cross my path each day is one of my favorite things to do. I studied for a time at Brigham Young University, in the area of Educational Psychology. I worked in the fashion industry for a time and had a chance to work at a high school in Southern California. My favorite color is yellow and I love to eat Mexican food. Spending time in my yard, tilling my flower garden, listening to the birds, watching the butterflies, fills my heart with gratitude and love for my Heavenly Father. Being a mom has been one of my greatest joys and taught me important life skills. When I became a grandmother I found a love that I can't put into words. I love being a grandma! It is the best time of my life. As I grow older, I realize that the simple things are the most important. I read my scriptures daily, pray for guidance each day to be of service. For being of service to others brings me tremendous peace. I have began researching my ancestors. Family search is a new found past time. Reading the life stories of my ancestors is inspiring. I love my family, my life, my Savior & my Heavenly Father. I am blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I have come to know for myself that I have a loving brother, my Savior Jesus Christ. He made it possible for me to grow through trials and adversity. He has walked with me through the trials of my life and has carried me through my deepest sorrows. For it was during one of the deepest sorrows that I felt him hold me close as I grieved at the loss of my oldest son. I testify that he lives. He is there to help us all. I love being a Christian. A child of God. I have a sweet husband who I will be with for Eternity. He is my Eternal companion and I love him so. I know that I will see my son again. For this knowledge I am very grateful. For it is because of my Savior that this will be possible. I know without any hesitation that God is real. That he gave his only Begotten Son to die for us. I know that we have living prophets on the earth today and that we have modern scripture to guide us through out daily lives. I testify with all the fiber of my being that these things are true. For I have come to know this for myself through scripture study and much prayer. I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ, our Elder brother, Amen.

How I live my faith

I have had several opportunities to work with civic officals in helping to organize local community service projects. From clearing a riverbead to stocking local food pantries, to painting run down park equipment and much more. Working with these civic leaders and the great members of the different communities has helped me build a deeper appreciation for this beautiful country we live in and the people who I have had a chance to get to know. I have been lucky to be able to associate with the great youth of this country. Working with a community children's choir for several years & at a high school in California. I have also had the opportunity to work with the youth of our Church for over 10 years. Because of these experiences, I have gained a great love and understanding for the young leaders of today. I have served as a leader of our Women's group which is the largest Women's organization in the world for several years. I love being a visiting teacher to a few of the women in our local ward. This is a great opportunity to serve them and become better acquainted by visiting with them once a month. I serve in the office of the Columbus Ohio Temple. It is there that I help answer questions, schedule appointments, serve the Presidency of the Temple. Temple's are important to me because it is there that I was sealed to my husband for Time and all Eternity 35 years ago. This is such a blessing in my life, as I can leave my daily cares at the doors of the temple, enter into a place of peace and serenity. I have served as a member of the Public Affairs department in my area. I began my Public Affairs training and leadership in Southern California and then in Ohio. I'm currently working a the Lead Temple and Family History Consultant in the Dayton area. Family history is very important to me. Learning about & sharing this knowledge is very exciting. It is through our ancestors that we learn who we are and what truly shaped our life foundation. I walk by faith daily.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

An important part of being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that we covenant, or make a commitment, at the time we are baptized that we "are willing to bear one another's burdens, that they may be light; and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; and comfort those that stand in need of comfort"; (Mosiah 18:8-9). I love this commitment. Serving my fellow man brings me great joy. I have found that when I lose myself in the service of others, I am strengthened personally. I have had opportunity to serve in small and simple ways such as sending a note to a sick or lonely friend, sneaking out early after a snowfall and shoveling my neighbors walks, even a simple hello and smile in the grocery store. I have participated in and organized what we call "Mormon Helping Hands" events from collecting clothing, assembling disaster kits, painting fire hydrants, and old buildings to clearing garbage from the wash areas in the desert. Working side by side with my fellow citizens, I have gained a tremendous love, appreciation and respect for all God's children. We need to love as Christ taught, unconditionally, to give service where and when it is needed, regardless of ones belief, circumstances, or lifestyle. I have covenanted to "Love my neighbor as myself" (Matthew 22:39) This is what I believe and do as a Mormon. Show more Show less