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Hi I'm Mel

I love my family. I love cochlear implants. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town, the daughter of a miller. I spent my summers at the mill with my dad weighing trucks, assisting customers, driving the fork lift, and doodling in notebooks. When I was eight years old, I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I felt happy. I felt loved. I always knew that my parents loved me and that they loved God. I met the man I would marry when I was in ninth grade. I had no idea at the time, of course, and never even admitted to having strong feelings for him until I was 19, but I always knew he was special: the first guy that ever held my hand, my first day, the first guy I kissed, and the only guy who ever made me feel crazy in love. We married after he served a mission in Russia, and I swept him away to BYU Hawaii to finish my undergrad in international cultural studies. Three degrees later, a BS and MD for him, and a Masters degree in Public Administration for me, we're raising two kids and working our way through his medical residency. I am the administrator of our home, dreaming our becoming an author while I write about my tragedies and triumphs as a mother and wife.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Book of Mormon is true. I'm a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored on this earth by our Savior through the prophet Joseph Smith. I'm a Mormon because I know that there Thomas S. Monson is a prophet who communicates with God about the direction of His church. I am a Mormon because I know that miracles happen every day. I am a Mormon because I know that God loves all his children and wants us to return and live with Him again. I am a Mormon because I love my husband and my children, and I want to keep them with me forever. And, I am a Mormon because nothing in my life brings me greater peace and joy than the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing the obvious things: attending church on Sunday, abstaining from alcohol, serving in my congregation as a teacher for the young women, and doing my darndest to be the best mom I can be for my kids. But ultimately I think it's in the not-so-obvious things. My faith lives in the circumstances that challenge it and in the things that bring me the greatest joy. I live my faith by finding God's work and workmanship every day of my life. When my oldest son was born he was diagnosed with profound bilateral hearing loss. He was deaf and I didn't know the first thing about raising a child with hearing loss. I questioned myself and my ability to rise to the challenge--I still do sometimes. But I have always known that God loves my Son, and that He has a special mission in life for my boy. When he turned one year old he underwent bilateral cochlear implant surgery, and his ability to communicate through sound and speech is nothing short of a miracle. The works of God are made manifest in him. Through experiences that challenge my faith, I've come to know in a much more real and personal way, that God loves me and has a mission for me in this life. My faith lives in these experiences, and I live my faith by responding to faith's challenges with prayer, meditation and scripture study. I live my faith by loving those around me--regardless of differences. I live my faith by repenting for all the areas I fall short and finding the strength with God to try again. I live my faith by believing in God, hoping for a better world, and by doing good to all.