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Hi I'm Mel

Grew up in London, came to Cardiff to study and stayed, married became a mum, adult tutor, Scout Leader, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents joined in the 1960's when I was a baby, those days perceptions of Mormons were very different and we experienced difficulties because of being Mormons. I was baptized at eight at the Hyde Park Chapel by my dad, as were all my brothers and sisters. I saw over the years how my parents dedicated their efforts and lives to the teaching and practices of the Church and I slowly grew to know myself that there is a God in Heaven who loves me. So I went on a mission as did my twin sister in the 80's in the boom years of the yuppies, gave up work and paused my educational aspirations and was sent off to Liverpool, Manchester & Preston to serve and thats what I did, serve others. I learnt during that time above all a love of people and to rely on Heavenly Father to direct me, which I have continued to do. After my mission it took me a few years to realise my dream of going to college to get a degree in the arts. My desire to become an artist has not materialised, yet in a bizaar way it has crept into many aspect of my career life. My second love is family history and that is what I do now, I teach around Cardiff and love the discovery of finding out about my family history and help others to do the same. For many years I have been writing about my family and now I have moved into making mini films about them. I met my husband at a church dance, he has a background in the arts and we have 2 sons, so with work, family, church, it makes for a busy yet rewarding life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is in the Mormon Church that I find out about God's plan for us and Jesus Christ role in that. Christ teachings are central to Mormon beliefs, they permeate every aspect of it and of me. I have been a member of this church for 40 years, I have experienced it over 5 decades. I have seen things, heard things, felt things that have stood the test of time and beyond the realms of mans perception of himself. I marvel at God who is my Heavenly Father at his magnificence and his majesty and above all as a loving concerned father for his children. I sincerely believe our leaders are inspired of God, they talk with him and he talks back. I have experienced this when I have been in positions of leadership. I love being a member of this Church, I have church friends that I consider family to me. I have church friends still from when I was a kid and a teenager, now many of them are scattered all over the world, America, Canada, Spain, Norway, New Zealand, Japan, but we are still in touch. We share memories of the things we did and the places we went, the people we met. I have seen them grow in the Church into good, strong people, achieving many things in their own lives that they may not of thought possible and go on to marry and have children themselves. Their children have become my childrens friends and I look forward with excitement to the things that they will do together.

How I live my faith

I enjoy living my faith, proud of the influence it has had to shape me. The Church encouraged me to achieve things that I did not think I could aspire to. I love going to church on a Sunday listening to the talks and participating in the lessons, inspired to how I can better myself and improve our family life. I wish you could hear the things I hear, feel the way I do when I am there. Church members have become like family to us, who influence us, I genuinely love them. It is not always easy to get the family all ready to go on Sunday morning, the boys have their a moan 'do we have to go'. But when we come out of church there is a noticable change, no one is moaning, in fact we are laughing, excited and feeling genuinely happy. We go home the feeling lasts, we are nicer and patient with each other and show love to each other. Living my faith has made a difference to me and my family, I would love it to make a difference to yours. Everyone is given something to do. I have held various positions over the years in the Young Single Adults, Young Womens, Relief Society, Primary, Sunday School and recently the Ward Communications Director, now a teacher to the 4-7 year olds. Every position has taught me something new. I also am involved in the Scout organisation as a Beaver Leader, I would of never thought or felt a desire to work with them without the experience I had in my church position previously and appreciate the value of this great organisation.