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Hi I'm Melody

I grew up in Austin, Minnesota. I am retired from working as a division manager at a college in Idaho. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to learn new things. I love to learn by reading, listening to or watching other people, and traveling to new places. I have always enjoyed teaching others and that's why I loved being involved in adult basic education. It was so exciting to be part of a program that helps other adults learn or improve skills in reading, writing, speaking English, or doing math so that they can enter college or get a better job. My mother was always learning to do something new with embroidery, tattting, etc. I also appreciate the beauty in handmade things and I am a novice quilter. For years I have also enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables that we have raised in our garden. I am an avid genealogist and have researched the names of over 3,000 of my ancestors. My husband and I were able to travel to Norway a couple of years ago and visit the small town my Norwegian ancestors came from. It was a trip I will never forget.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converts to the Mormon Church two years before I was born, so I was raised a Mormon. I loved being a part of group whose goal was to know who Jesus Christ is and to try to become like him. As I became an adult, I studied the scriptures more and prayed about whether this Church was really the church of Jesus Christ. His Spirit (the Holy Ghost) has born witness to my soul that this is the true church established on the same principles that Jesus taught his disciples in New Testament times. One important part of my testimony is that the Lord gives us revelation today. As I thought about the Old Testament prophets and the Savior's teachings to people during his lifetime, I knew that the Lord loves all of His children in all times. I prayed about the vision that Joseph Smith (a prophet who lived in the first half of the 1800's) had and I knew that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ did appear to him. This revelation and many more that have been given to succeeding prophets since Joseph Smith have given me a knowledge that I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father and he knows who I am personallly- just as He knew who Joseph Smith was and answered his prayer. I know that if I pray in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ I will receive an answer. Sometimes these answers are something that happens immediately, some tell me to be patient and it will happen in the Lord's time, and other answers tell me that the thing I am praying about wouldn't be the best for me. Whatever the answer is, I have come to know that my Heavenly Father loves me and will give me what is best for me if I ask in faith. This is why I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- a Mormon.

How I live my faith

There are so many opportunies to be part of my community and church. Each month a neighbor and I visit three other women in our ward (church group). This gives us a chance to be of service if there is a need. As two sisters come to my home each month, I know that someone is interested in how I am doing personally. I love to do genealogy/family history and teach classes on how to do research. It is always fun when people in the class find an old record that has the names of their family members on it- they are so excited. This summer several LDS church groups worked together on a large garden. All of the work that we did was volunteer- from preparing the garden, to planting, weeding, and harvesting it. The food was all donated to a local organization that distributes the food to families in need. It was great to work together on this project and know that many who wouldn't have fresh vegetables were given them each week during the harvest.