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Hi I'm Melanie Kirschbaum Cope

I'm a Mormon. I love singing,crafting, yoga, and cooking. I dream of being on Food Network. I know the Book of Mormon is true.

About Me

I'm currently studying Deaf Education and Elementary Education at Utah State University, so I know sign language and love kids. I married my high school sweet heart a year ago in the Salt Lake City Temple. We don't have any kids yet, but we dream about it everyday. One of our favorite things to do together is to go hiking in the beautiful Utah mountains and travel different parts of the country together. I hope to go to different parts of the world on a food tour; tasting different cuisines from various cultures. I especially dream about going to Italy and trying real pizza and pasta. I love cooking, and I am obsessed with Food Network. I would watch it religiously, if I had TV. My favorite part about cooking is food's ability to nourish bodies and relationships. In the near to distant future I long to have an old Victorian house that my husband and I will transform into a restaurant.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, but that doesn't mean I accepted all of the gospel truths at first. I am the youngest of four, and all of my siblings fell away from the church in their teenage years when experimentation and independence seemed more desirable than following family tradition and truth. I too started to follow in their footsteps; slowly I would push the known boundaries between appropriate and inappropriate. I began to feel dark inside, burdened, and even depressed. Then I started to go to seminary (classes about the gospel) and a light started to kindle inside of me once again. I realized my siblings, though older, were following an unwise path that led to sorrow. I had then decided I would repent of my rebellious ways, and forge a new path that diverged from the one my siblings had started to wear. At first I read the scriptures casually because the words were so unfamiliar and new. My mind and spirit did not understand them easily. Then a few years later I was forced to rely on the word of God more fully. Within one dark year of my teenage life my dad got a brain tumor, my dog died, and my brother nearly died of drug over-dose. I needed to find some sort of peace in my ever darkening and tragic world. The scriptures were the only true source of joy and relief I could find at that time. I read the words everyday to feed my starving soul. I began to feel hope and hear reassurance from an ever-caring Heavenly Father. I then realized that the Book of Mormon was more than touchy-feely stories, they were words from ancient prophets, men sent from God to preach His gospel. After reading the Book of Mormon for the first time all the way through, I prayed as Moroni challenges in the book to see if the words were really from God. I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and joy. I knew the gospel was in fact from Heavenly Father; that I was one of his spirit children; that Joseph Smith really translated the Book of Mormon; and all else in the gospel is true.

How I live my faith

I serve in the nursery for the little children in my ward. I have the opportunity to serve two wonderful toddlers once a month and teach them about the gospel. It is challenging at times when they are banging toys across each others heads, but is so rewarding when a two year old can see a picture of the Savior and say, "Jesus". I also have the opportunity to serve two women I have been assigned to safeguard. I make sure they are being taken care of and all of their spiritual and physical needs are met. We are friends, and we help each other grow in a society of women who watch over each other, and take care of the well fare of all those around them.