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Hi I'm Melodie Youngs. I'm a grandma

I grew up in the Puget Sound area of Washington. I'm a wife, mother and grandmother. I love to travel, quilt, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I grew up in Washington, and live there now, I have been through or lived in 48 of the United States with my career. The only places I haven't been are Alaska and Michigan. I guess marrying a guy who was born in Detroit, MI might count, so I am aiming for Alaska next! I have hosted several foreign students in my home. They came from Japan, Israel, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kazastan, France, Ukraine and Indonesia. I help, when I can, people fleeing persecution, and have friends from the Sudan and Thailand. Born with TRPS, My body sometimes revolts from all I ask it to do, but I'm still here! I have a large social consciousness and humaniterian oriented. I love helping people with a hand-up, not a hand-out. I converted to the LDS faith in 1980 against my first husband's (a jack mormon) objections. At that time, he gave me an ultimatum! The church or him. I replied that's a no brainer! The church! When he asked me to steal from my employer and give him the money to divorce me (duh') I left with the 3 children and made my way as a single mom raising the kids alone and in the church. I knew that was the right thing to do and have never been sorry

Why I am a Mormon

When I first investigated the church, I had been a personal journey to find a church that met my expectations of what a church should be. I thought that if we are all God's children, why did His children get the benefits of a prophet and apostles, as well as divine guidance, and we, nowadays, did not. That didn't make sense to me. The same issue came up with miracles. Why would miracles occur in Old Testament times and not now? When I was little my parents sent me (alone) to whatever church was in the neighborhood. I was just told not to cross any streets (I was about 6). Since we lived on a dead-end street in Lynnwood, WA., my 6 year old brain said, "Okay, I will take the road less travelled by, and go down to the end of the street and take the path through the woods the neighborhood kids had found, down the cliff and into the empty lot below where we caught polliwogs.

How I live my faith

Each and everyday, I tell folks about gospel doctrine in our conversations. I have handed out multiple Books of Mormon in any language that applies, I tell people that this is the way for them to end their searching...I participate in city council meetings, civic events, the quilt guild and am a DJ on KOSW radio. At church, I am Humanitarian leader, Employment Specialist, Genealogist, Librarian, Bulletin maker, teacher and anything else I am asked to do. I think it is important to keep my temple recommend current, and try to go to the Seattle temple at least once a month for my ancestors.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Melodie Youngs. I'm a grandma
We believe that Jesus set the example for us while he was on Earth. He, himself, was baptised by immersion with John the Baptist conducting the baptism. Jesus did not baptize himself, or by anyone else, and knew the John the Baptist had the authority to do baptisms, and Jesus wanted him to do that ordinance, so that we who followed him would know how baptisms are supposed to be performed. By immersion and by authority. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Melodie Youngs. I'm a grandma
The purpose of life is not to be used as a pastime. Since being born, we are to learn and grow in our everday experiences in a family, on our own, and then in our own families. We are to find and grow in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be busy in well-doing. Since you are born with a body, and you need a body to be baptized, your body is an important vessel to be taken care of and watched over everyday of your life. This journey is just a part of the journey we have to endure and grow in, while waiting to return to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less