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Hi I'm Art Melander

I am a Mechanical Engineer for an automobile manufacturer in America and a father of four.

About Me

I am married and have four children, three boys and one girl. Last month I became a Grandfather for the first time. I grew up in the Church and all three of my boys served missions for the LDS Church. I served a mission in the 80s in the Arequipa, Peru Mission. I live and work in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. I work at a automobile manufacturer helping to design cars and trucks. To be more specific, I am a Mechanical Engineer doing Dimensional Engineering. As a Dimensional Engineer, I look at how variation affects the build of vehicles and determine methods, procedures and processes that allow my company to meet their requirements. I love to travel this great country and visit off the main road locations. I have visited 45 of the 50 states. One two week vacation we visited 23 states. When I have free time, I love to listen to music and play startegy board games.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon with faithful parents and some would say that this is why I am a Mormon. I would say that isn't the full story. I had too many experiences with prayers being answered to deny God's existence. One story of an answer to my prayers was printed in the local paper. I lost my glasses on my way home from school. My family struggled financially and replacing my glasses would be an added burden. I traced my steps back to school and spent lots of time looking for my glasses. In the days that followed they were not found. My family would have to replace them. Then a knock came on the door. It was a policeman who had my glasses. He was in charge of the communities lost and found and his dog had brought them to him. A couple days later the dog brought the eye glass case to him as well. As a youth, I was convinced logically that the Church was true, but I needed more. I prayed and prayed to know which Church was true. Gradually I gained a feeling from the Holy Ghost that it was true, but I still didn't "know" it was true. It was time to serve a mission for the Church and I still had some knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel, but felt I lacked the conviction to say without some doubt that it was true. At 18 years old, I was with a return missionary from our Church discussing my concern. We spent the evening and into the night reading the Book of Mormon and praying. We were finishing up for the night and praying for the last time. The return missionary said his prayer and it was my turn. I said my prayer with a full desire to know and asked which Church was true. I received an answer which overwhelmed me and left me with the knowledge I needed. I could and can say that the Church is true.

How I live my faith

I recently was called to serve on the High Council of the Bloomfield Hills Michigan Stake. I have had many positions in the Church such as a Sunday School Teacher, Ward Mission Leader, High Priest Group Leader and a member of a Bishopric. My favorite calling was Elder serving a mission in the Arequipa Peru Mission. I love the opportunity to serve others and this year was able to participate in a clothing distribution project that saw the delivery of over 10,000 pounds of clothing provided by members of the Church to those in need in the Detroit Area. This is the second year as a ward we have participated. This project has given me the opportunity to meet not only those in need, but others that serve the needs of those in the communities in the Detroit Metro Area. The Church has given me so many opportunites to serve others and it has allowed me to live my faith by service and learning to love and respect those of different cultures, economic conditions, personalities and of other faiths.