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Hi I'm Melonie

I am a native Floridian who's trying to become more independent and a self-confident individual. I'm a Mormon

About Me

Hi, my name is Melonie. I am one of six LDS (Mormon) members in my family, and I'm classified as a Young Single Adult (YSA). Meaning I'm not married and I am somewhere between the ages 18-30. I went to college for two semesters before my grades and financial situation didn't allow me to continue. I love going to church. It has that uplifting atmosphere I need whenever I've had a rough week. I work part time and I am trying to find a full-time job. I love my institute class, it's a spiritual pick-me-up I look forward to every week. It's an equivalent to bible study. I enjoy reading online, doodling, and watching how successful musicians become well known. I also love to play board games. Smash Up is my current favorite!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church and baptized at 8 years old. But I didn't truly begin to convert until I was 12 years old. I say begin because I am still converting to principals and ordinances I was taught when I was young, but didn't fully understand until now. And sometimes the things I think I have a grasp on have suddenly added another layer of understanding I couldn't comprehend until that point in my life. For example when I was 17 I was conflicted and wanted to know if I asked for something in my prayer that Heavenly Father could really answer it. The next time I 'randomly' opened my Book of Mormon, I was in Mormon chapter 9 and verse 21 popped out at me. It says, "Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth." That was a big WOW to me. I had the additional thought that 'this means it applies to nonmembers as well,' accompany me. And then about 6 months to a year later after I absorbed that tidbit I read the surrounding verses. My thoughts were, 'Dude that makes so much more sense now.' And I can't remember how long after that, but in my institute class I found a cross-reference that expounds on Mormon 9:21. It is the book of Moroni chapter 7 verse 26. I won't quote it, but I highly recommend you read it for your own understanding. I could go on, but I think you see my point. As we grow in life our understanding of the world around us grows with us. So can your knowledge of the doctrine of Christ. And everyone gains this knowledge and understanding at their own pace. It took me 9 years since I was baptized to know that my Heavenly Father can and will answer my prayers. I have a firm belief and a growing knowledge that this Church is true. I know that my Heavenly Father does hear and answer my prayers, that Christ does live, and that I am proud to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I participate in a YSA Branch. That's a congregation of almost only single 18-30 year-olds. Whenever there's a big event, like a YSA Conference, I try to go. I live about 2 hours away from the building where we meet every Sunday. I have a couple of callings or responsibilities in the Church. One is to drive anyone from my area to the YSA meetinghouse.This includes my younger siblings. The Second is I get to teach lessons. Sometimes in two different classes! I firmly believe that the teacher learns more about the subject they prepared than the students. And what better motivation to learn and understand about the gospel when you have to teach it on Sundays!