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Hi I'm Melody

I'm a mother, a musician, a survivor and an advocate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a multicultural family. When my mom was young, her family escaped from Cuba on the Freedom Flights. I was the first to be born on American soil, but I still love my latin roots! I'm the oldest of five children and love being the big sister--even though I'm not the tallest anymore. Actually, now I'm the shortest. :) During my childhood, we moved around a lot, but I spent the longest in Florida. I love the ocean. The beach soothes me like no other place on earth. I love to learn. I worked hard through my academic years, and studied music and journalism in college. I love singing, playing the piano, reading, writing, gardening, dancing, and martial arts. During my senior year of college I married my best friend. I was ready for "happily ever after," but it didn't turn out that way. Over the years, we had many joys and sorrows. We struggled to have children, but ended up with two little miracles who are about five years apart. They are my life. After ten years, our marriage shattered due to pornography addiction. In the aftermath, I went looking for help and found a national movement. Now I help others with similar issues. I am also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, so that gives me additional insight. Through my trials, I found my calling in life--besides being a mother, which is #1! I am now remarried to an amazing man, caring for a blended family, and working part-time for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation in Washington, DC. Life is good!

Why I am a Mormon

I don't know how I would make it through each day without my Savior, especially with the work I do. I spend my days corralling crazy little boys and my spare time fighting sexual exploitation. The world is full of so much darkness, and I am often on the front lines fighting it! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good News! It helps me focus on the big picture. Studying the gospel helps me remember that there is hope. I have had many trials in my life--many health problems and heartbreaks. Sometimes I feel like the ground is falling out from beneath my feet. But the one thing that has always been constant is the Savior. At times, especially through my divorce, I was so numb that I couldn't feel anything, not even Him. But I knew He was there. And that is what got me through. I cling to my Savior because He is the only one who will never let me down. I live the gospel because it is true. The Atonement of Jesus Christ mends hearts and heals all wounds. Without the Lord, I would be shattered and broken. He is the light and the hope of the world.

How I live my faith

Every day, I fuel my tank by dedicating time to the Lord. I pray for help and guidance. I thank him for all he has given me--my amazing children, my sweet husband who supports me in all I do, my home, my country. Then I read his words in the scriptures or listen to a talk by church leaders. If I can, I try to spend some time pondering and writing in my journal about what I have learned. Of course, this is on a good day! If I am rushing around, I try to take my scriptures with me wherever I go. I read in a quiet moment when I am waiting in the carpool line or in the doctors' office. If I am doing chores or running errands, sometimes I listen to scriptures or talks on my electronic device. I am a busy working mom, and sometimes I have to be creative, but I always try to fit my daily gospel study in somehow! It strengthens me each day, lifts my spirit, and keeps me going. At church, I play the piano for the women's meeting. I have been playing since I was seven, and even though I love it I don't often have time to sit down and play. I love having this responsibility at church because it gives me an opportunity each week to use my talent. I love sharing my music with others. There is nothing quite like music when it comes to worshiping the Lord. It brings a special spirit, one that breaks barriers like nothing else can. Often, in my daily life, when I feel stressed or far away from the Lord, I listen to uplifting music. Another source of strength in my life is the temple. The temple is the closest thing we have to heaven on earth. But I must live high standards in order to enter. I avoid alcohol, coffee, and tobacco. I obey the commandments. I sustain my leaders. When I do these things, I earn the privilege of entering the temple. Within those walls, I have found peace beyond compare. In the temple, sometimes I feel as if my Father in Heaven were so close I could touch him. I go there to be close to him, to remember that I am his daughter, and to feel his love.