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Hi I'm Melanie

I am the youngest of 5 Children. We were all raised in the church, but only myself and my sister are actively members.

About Me

I am a mother of three children ages 21, 19 and 14. My 21 year-old daughter is now married, to a member, although they are not active in the church currently. They are hoping to go to the temple in the future and be married for time and all eternity. My 19 year-old son is currently serving a mission right now. I get to e-mail him every Monday and I love to see how much he is changing and how he is maturing with his experiences. My 14 year-old daughter is a Freshman in High School this year. I can't believe my baby is in High School already. She is best friends with a member of a different faith and we love them very much. They are a great family. They respect our family and beliefs and we respect theirs as well. It is wonderful for me to be friends with people of other faiths, I am a people person. I enjoy scrapbooking, when I have time, as well as baking. I am currently working with my husband of 23 years at building a business. Hopefully after a few more years and it will all pay off!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I know that our Father in Heaven has a plan for us. He wouldn't just leave us alone on this Big World to fend for ourselves. He wants us to return to live with him again. In order to do this we have been given this church and a modern day Prophet to help us live and become a better person. When I was 17, my brother (who I was close to) decided to leave the church behind and go explore the world. It really challenged my Faith and my beliefs. It really made me ponder what I really wanted for my life, did I want to continue in this religion I was raised in all of my life? If he didn't believe in this religion, why was I? What was the purpose of my life? When I grew up, how did I want my life to be? What was the best life route for me? All of these questions came to my mind and more. So I decided what I wanted to believe. Was I taught truthful things all of my life or was it all fake? I started going to different churches and really searching for truthfulness. In all fairness, I felt the need to immerse myself into reading The Book of Mormon. I had never read it all the way through. I decided to pray each time before I read. I read each night before I went to bed. One night I decided to read about Joseph Smith. I prayed before I read, like usual. When I read his story in his words, It was as if he was sitting right next to me. It was very powerful. The part that really helped me know if this church was true was when Joseph Smith said "I had seen God and I knew it, and I knew God knew it and I could not deny it." How profound that was to me. I asked myself "how could I deny God myself". I knew he loved me and when I asked him, it brought me to tears. As we have raised our children in this church, we have been challenged and questioned by many people, even our children themselves. We have prayed for help in raising our children and at times our marriage. The gospel is in the core of who I am. Every day I thank my Heavenly Father for every single day

How I live my faith

I believe that Every person is a Child of God. So I treat them that way. I love meeting new people, because I get to find out who they are and what their story is. How they have become who they are today. What makes happy and how I can help brighten their day. Right now, in the church I serve any way I can. I volunteer to help with women 18 and older and also to help with people who are interested in learning more about this church.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

My Family is everything to me. When I was younger, I remember Always wanting my family to be Together Forever. I remember trying to help everyone in my family love eachother so we could have peace in our home. Now that I have my own family, it hasn't been easy. We have our challenges. But we have tried to keep things in perspective and always strive to support one another and love one another and help one another. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

When my son decided to serve a mission, we made sure that it was his decision. We did not want him going unless, it was his choice. We didn't want him to go unless he wanted to give up the time, friends and job, to serve for two years. We are so Happy for his choice. He loves the people he is working with and is changing everytime we receive a letter. Show more Show less