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Hi I'm Melanie

I'm the youngest of seven kids. I have 15 nieces and nephews who make life joyful. I love music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the same place for 18 years of my life and never moved once. They say home is where the heart is, but I think it's more where the family is. After I graduated high school, I left home to attend college where I have now spent almost two years studying music. Why did I choose to study music? That's what quite a few people have asked me. I have always focused on music in my life. Choir, band, the works. Favorite instrument? Piano (even though I'm not great at it.) My specialty? I probably love performing jazz most. I feel so good just hearing it. If you sat next to me at a concert, I'd be one of those people slapping their knee, stomping their feet and grooving to the beat. I don't know what else I would choose for a major. Maybe I will figure out exactly what I'm supposed to study when I get back from my mission. Yes, you read correct; I'm leaving to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 26 days from the time I post this!!! I am so blessed (estoy bendecida!) My family has been probably the biggest area of focus in my life along with my music. They are the best of people. It is amazing to be following in the footsteps of faithful parents and siblings. I have been so blessed to be an aunt to sweet kiddos and see them grow. I love them so much and it has helped me see the future that I want to have someday.

Why I am a Mormon

I can't say I know everything, but I know a little. In fact, I know very little compared to many, but I feel a lot. As I described earlier, I feel so much love for my family and friends. I am sensitive to the feelings music brings. To better describe my testimony of why I am a Mormon, I'll give you an example or two. When children are little, they don't understand exactly when you tell them, "The stove is hot, don't touch." They usually discover what hot means by getting burned. They have to learn for themselves to come to know what "hot" means. Learning what soft means by petting a bunny is a less-harsh example of coming to know by receiving feelings. I am a Mormon because I get this warm feeling in my heart when I do something good, or when I am in a good place, for instance when I attend church or seek an answer through prayer. It feels warm and too large to contain within me. Other people who are Mormon are good people and they are good examples to me of how I should live my life, but the real reason for me being a Mormon doesn't come from anyone else. I have learned and felt for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church. I have learned for myself that I know that our Savior, Jesus Christ lives, loves us, and knows us each individually. He was crucified upon the cross and rose again on the third day so that we can live with Him again and with the ones we love. I honestly know these things to be true. I know, because I have felt and still feel it within me.

How I live my faith

When I was attending college, I met some wonderful people who taught me a lot. I made some of the best friendships of my life so far. The people I was surrounded by needed by help and often times, I needed theirs. I learned how to truly love and serve. I got a taste of what the Savior, Jesus Christ did for those who needed His healing, patience, time, love, and forgiveness. He told us all to " come follow Him." That is what I strive to do everyday. Who needs my help, time, and talents? I feel that the purpose of the time I have in my life is to give of myself to others. That is why I have been blessed with a voice to sing, ears to hear, eyes to see, and hands to serve. This last semester of college, I was asked to get to church a little early and greet people. I was required to learn every one's names which was extremely difficult; there were about 180 names to memorize. It was something I could do though. I love people and I am usually one of those people that won't stop smiling. I couldn't turn down the opportunity to serve others in my church by saying hello and how nice they looked. It makes me smile more to see others smile! :)