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Hi I'm Melanie

I love to sing, I love to work hard, I love people, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised in the great state of Utah and raised in the LDS faith. I'm an avid singer & am actively participating in an audition choir for the LDS Institute of Religion at Utah State University. I very much enjoy percussion ensembles, photography, photoshop and graphic design, the internet, and string cheese. I'm preparing to serve a mission in Kennewick, Washington and enter the MTC March 11, 2015. I love people, I love serving, and I love working hard.

Why I am a Mormon

In the Book of Mormon, in the book of Alma, chapter 32, Alma teaches about planting a seed. He says that if the seed is good, then it will reap good fruit, and vice versa. He also teaches in verse 27 to experiment on the word of God, even if you only have a desire to believe. He says, "But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words." saying also in verse 28 in relation to the good seed, "Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." I grew up in the church, so I've always had that desire to believe because I was raised that way. When I got to be a teenager, it became important to know for myself the truth. When I left room in my heart to believe it was true, overwhelming peace and happiness overflowed my life and my heart. Because I experimented on the word of my parents, concerning the Gospel, I was led to happiness and an anchor for life that has and continues to lead me through the darkest and most turbulent storms. I believe in the Gospel like I believe in life, the air, the sky, the ground beneath my feet. I'm a Mormon because I asked God if it was true, and He sent me my answer in the form of unshakable and constant peace, comfort, and love. I'm a Mormon because it's true. I know it is.

How I live my faith

I try to actively serve others through small things. I think everyone deserves a smile or a hello, and to be treated kindly. I think optimism and sharing a hope for the future through your attitude can really brighten someone's day if they want it brightened. A compliment can change the course of someone's life. Sometimes people just need to know that they are noticed in a positive way. I feel like that's how the Savior would live His life, as well. True Christianity is more concerned for other people's well-being. I sing in an audition choir for the Logan LDS Institute of Religion at Utah State University. Our conductor often calls it "A workshop in Gospel living." He teaches us often ways we can look at the world and the Gospel. We are encouraged to uplift and serve the members of the choir around us. Our entire mission is to spread the Gospel through music and we often prepare numbers for seminaries and wards and stakes around the valley. I would say that our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ and live the Gospel more effectively by sharing the Spirit through song. I've learned so much from this choir and it really has played a huge role in my development as a Latter-day Saint. Though I'm not perfect, I try to develop a strong relationship with my Heavenly Father through consistently praying to Him physically and in my heart. I try to let Him know all the things in my heart, including the not-so-pretty things. I know that my relationship with my Savior also grows as I make my relationship with my Heavenly Father a priority. I strive to find answers to my prayers through the scriptures, including: The Book of Mormon, the Doctrine & Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, as well as the Old and New Testaments. I try to study other literature that helps me understand the scriptures in greater detail.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

We KNOW that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. God is our loving Heavenly Father. We knew Him before this life, and He knew us personally, by name, by personality, by everything! We loved Him so much that we wanted to be just like He was, so He created a plan for us to come to earth and gain those experiences we'd need to become like Him. He knew we would sometimes make mistakes and go through hard things, but these things were necessary for us to learn and, most importantly, to grow. (What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger, right?) He knew that we would need a way to make these experiences into a blessing, rather than a burden, and He knew we would need to know the way that we would be able to return and be with Him, again. So, He provided a Savior. That Savior would be His son, Jesus Christ. Through the teachings of Jesus Christ, we learn the way that our Heavenly Father would have us go. We learn how we can recover from the hard things and mistakes that happen in our lives. Through Jesus Christ, we could become better people every day. Jesus Christ is not only the Son of God, He is our Savior, our Redeemer. He is the way back to our Heavenly Father. We invite everyone to reach out to their Heavenly Father to come to know the love He has for us, and the love of His Son, Jesus Christ, and the power and liberating freedom that come from love. Show more Show less