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Hi I'm Melanie

I've lived in Idaho all my life. I love to travel. I adopted two kiddos last year as a single mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single mom of two wonderful children that I adopted out of Foster Care last year. After being a nanny for nine years I was given the opportunity to adopt my cousin's two children and I jumped at the chance. I bought my first home, traded my convertible for a mini van, started a home daycare so I could be at home with my kids, and I have also been attending college as well. In 2012 I graduated with my Associates Degree, and am currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. I love to sing, play my violin, write stories, poetry, and songs, and I am also a photographer in my spare time.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this church, but that is not why I'm a member today. In fact, my mom was one who wouldn't let us miss a week of church, not even if we were sick, unless we were throwing up. She was very pushy in the religion department. As I got older (and more stubborn) I slowly stopped attending church. The more my mom would nag and push me to go back, the less I wanted to. I was away from the church for about 5 years. I would only go on holidays when I would be visiting my parents. I never stopped believing in the truthfulness of the gospel as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I was just so stubborn that the more my mom pushed, the more I resisted. I know that it wasn't her fault, I just always had to do the opposite of what she wanted me to because we didn't get along! In truth, I did have a desire to start attending church again, but didn't want to feel like I was being forced. One day I was visiting my parents and my mom was nagging me about church again and my dad finally said to her "Why don't you just leave her alone? She will make her own choices and will go back when she wants to." For me, it was the beginning of me finding my way back. I was still living the commandments, I just wasn't attending church meetings. My return was slow, I was a single adult, I didn't have any new friends in the area I was living, but I started to go back and to feel that loving feeling that I do any time I enter the house of the Lord. Now, looking back on my time away from the church I wonder how I could have let that happen. I love being part of a group of people that focus on love, service, family, and Christ. For me, I know that this is where I need to be and where my family needs to be. This is a church for imperfect people who are doing the best they can to follow God's commands to love and help one another. I know that the gospel and the Priesthood is true and can bless us. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by teaching my children the values that I have grown to love from the gospel of this church. We try to help others as often as we can because we love knowing that someone out there is happier because of something we could do for them. It's very rewarding to focus on others needs instead of only your own. As a family, we read our scriptures and discuss them together. We pray and spend time as a family. We also attend church regularly and love being able to feel the comforting spirit when we do. We are far from perfect in any of these aspects, but we do try!