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Hi I'm Melani Jackson

I love life! I am a mother-in-training, a businesswoman, and horse enthusiast. I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 7 children. I have 5 brothers and 1 sister. They are my best friends. I have recently returned from serving a full-time mission. I served for 7 months in Reno, Nevada and upon receiving my visa I served the remaining months of my mission in Brasilia, Brazil. I love everything about horses. For as long as I can remember I have loved rolling meadows, small towns, and nature. I like hiking in the mountains, reading, sewing, drawing, singing, playing the piano, violin and penny whistle, working with people, organizing things, and ballroom dancing. I collect paper dolls as a hobby. Before my mission I operated a lawn mowing business with my brothers, taught piano lessons, and worked in office and home organization jobs - all of which I really enjoyed. I am now working with a professional custom cabinetry design company. Some of my heroes in life are my family and members of the Greatest Generation. I love learning the lessons of the past and thinking of ways to preserve in my day the values and beliefs that have shaped families, communities and nations for centuries. One of my greatest goals in life is to be a wife and mother.

Why I am a Mormon

My reasons are very simple. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth through a living prophet of God. I know that I have a loving Father in Heaven and that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior. I was baptized and became an official member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 8 years old. I just knew it was the right thing for me to do at that time; it was completely my choice based on my feelings and testimony of Jesus Christ. From my earliest days it has been in my nature to do my best to be a good person in every aspect of my life. That characteristic along with my youthful testimony motivated me to be obedient to the gospel and actively involved in my church meetings throughout my childhood. A testimony is a spiritual witness given by the Holy Ghost. Over the years, my testimony continues to deepen and strengthen. I have prayed to know if this church is true, if the Book of Mormon is true, if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and if this church is led by a living prophet today. My prayers have been answered in very simple but profound ways. Answers often come for me through thoughts, feelings or experiences. I know that these things ARE true. Whenever I have a question about anything I have found answers through prayer, study of the Bible and Book of Mormon, and words of living prophets. The Atonement of Christ is also a great blessing to me. Even with all my desires to be obedient and good, I still make mistakes and have imperfections. That is why the Atonement means so much to me - every day I can repent of my wrongs and try to do better with Christ's help the next day, and the next day, and so on. This is why I continue to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. My life is filled with joy, knowledge of why I am here and where I am going, and through the gospel of Jesus Christ I have the tools to help me become the best person I can possibly be.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways. Some of those are outward actions, others are on a deeper level - a way of "being" as well as a way of "doing." I arise early in the morning and take time to pray to God and read the Bible and Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The quiet morning hours help me to think with a clear mind without distractions. I also pray during the day and before going to bed at night to thank God for the blessings He has given me and to ask for help with any difficulties I encountered over the day. I spend time with my family. Working, playing, serving, comforting - all of these things and many more happen every day in my family life and help me develop Christlike attributes as I do my part. I am very involved in my community. Many of my neighbors are elderly. My brothers and I roll out garbage cans, do yard work, and spend time visiting those who live by us. During the winter months we clear the snow off of 9-12 driveways as a service to our neighbors who are unable to do this for themselves. I have found that acts of service always bring two-way blessings. My life is greatly enriched by the things I learn and gain as I serve, and by the wonderful examples of the good people who surround me. I also do volunteer work in various capacities from administering aid to homeless individuals and families, to volunteering at a historical park to welcome visitors from near and far. I am a visiting teacher and have the opportunity to regularly visit, serve and build friendships with women who belong to my faith. I also have developed strong friendships with many good people who belong to different religions. I attend church meetings every Sunday. I work with members of my local church unit and my community, organize church events, contribute my musical talents, teach classes and facilitate discussion on the principles of my faith, and much more. "Living my faith" is just that; it is woven through everything I think, say, and do.