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Hi I'm Melanie

I am a redhead. I am going to be a Special Education teacher. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a newly married college student. I am married to the love of my life. I study Special Education with an emphasis in Severe/Profound Special Education. I want to work with the youngsters (grades K-3/4). I love to read, and I love to learn. Playing the piano is my stress reliever, it's my emotional release. I play other instruments, but the piano is my favorite. I don't have children yet, and I love staying at home. I love to make food, mostly desserts. I work at a bakery at school right now. It is a blast! I hope to have my own bakery one day! I love to be with people, and I love to play games. Logic puzzles and problems are some of the most fun things for me to do. I love to crochet and sew. I also love having a clean house.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church my whole life. Even so, I have had to come to my own conclusions about the truthfulness of this church. After straying away and making my own decisions, trying to find happiness in other things, I realized that I needed God, and I needed to follow the things that I knew to be right. Once I did this, I began to learn again that I am a child of God, that He loves me, and He loves each of us. I began to live this role and I prayed a lot to know what to do. I received guidance and comfort and I became the happiest I had ever been. The more I follow God's Plan for me, the more truly happy I am, and I could not ask for more. I know that this Church is true. I know that Joseph Smith was called and ordained of God to restore the church to the earth. I know that by following the commandments of God given to us through modern revelation and through the scriptures that we can be happy.

How I live my faith

I really wanted to go on a mission. Instead, I knew I was supposed to get married. I look forward to the day when I can serve a mission with my dear husband. In the mean time, I love to volunteer at elementary schools, working with the younger children. I also have eleven nieces and nephews. Working with all of these kids there is a lot of opportunity to teach good morals and values that the Church teaches, without bringing in faith or religion. People also like asking me questions. They notice I am different and they ask me why, or what do you do if you don't gamble or smoke? I use these questions as opportunities to explain a little bit about the Church. This usually fosters more questions and so on and so forth.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

People often ask me this question, or questions similar, and because of the sacred nature of the temple, we do not give explicit details of what occurs on the inside. There are ordinances that we each must receive here on the earth. Many people have not had the opportunity to receive them, so we go to the temple to act in proxy for these people who have passed away, so they can receive those same ordinances. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

I find it easiest to describe the Mormon lifestyle as a culture. Kind of like any other religious group, there is a culture that follows them. For Mormons, one of the largest influences of our culture is the emphasis on family. The family is central to God's Plan of Happiness for us. We are on the earth to find joy and we do this through prayer, reading the scriptures and staying close to our families. Show more Show less