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Hi I'm Melanie

I am a singer, a dancer, and a DIY-er. I'm a mom of 5, an accountant, and I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up loving the outdoors. My family would often go on picnics in the canyon, camping, or fishing. I would also go repelling and spelunking with friends. I especially loved when the weather would get a bit cool and Dad would take us to the mountain to cut down a load of wood in preparation for the winter. I love to get into the mountains and feel the peace and the beauty there! There isn't anything like it for me! I graduated from the University of Utah with a BS degree in Accounting. I love numbers, and working with data. I love to sing and to dance, and currently dance with a ladies jazz/lyrical group in my area. I enjoy singing and dancing at home, and any chance I get in my community. I also love to create! In my family I have had amazing examples of creators. My grandmas both loved to quilt, and my mother was excellent at making clothes. So I learned to sew. I have loved making clothes as well as quilts and other projects that help make a home like pillow covers and window treatments. My grandpas both loved to work with wood, and in my adulthood I am also developing a skill in woodworking which is coming in handy with all the great rustic DIY projects that make a house so homey. My first and favorite was a farmhouse style kitchen table and matching benches. It was an undertaking, but taught me many skills! I have a loving husband, and 5 precious, beautiful children--that are definitely a challenge--but warm my heart and make life dynamic, fun, and enjoyable.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was very young, I remember receiving a very distinct impression that I knew I was a Child of God. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I had a Heavenly Father, and that He loved me. As I have grown, I have come to know deeper how well he knows me and cares for me. I know Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that His Gospel is true. In my 20's I experienced depression on more than one occasion. In my lowest point, I remember feeling like I wanted to leave everything I knew and start over, including the church. As I sat contemplating that option, I remember my testimony of my Father in Heaven, and of Jesus Christ and His gospel. I knew it was true, and I couldn't turn from it. I knew that Joseph Smith Restored the Gospel, that he saw God the Father and Jesus in the way that he said he did. I knew he was led to find the golden plates, and through the power of God, he translated the record into what we know as the Book of Mormon. In that moment, I knew I would never feel right turning from these things regardless of how bleak life seemed for me. Today, my testimony has grown. I love our living Prophet and know he leads by inspiration and revelation in guiding the church. I know that God spoke anciently to his people through prophets, and that he does the same today. I also love to continue to learn about the Gospel through going to church and reading the scriptures. I love finding nuggets of wisdom that help me long the path of life, and every time I read the scriptures, I can feel the Spirit testifying to me of the Gospel truths contained the the passages. I don't have to pray to know they are true, because I feel and know in my heart they are true while I read. I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and I am a Mormon because I know that in this church I can find His Gospel in it's fullness.

How I live my faith

I have worked with and taught many youth preschool and elementary age through high school. I have served as a leader in our Young Women's program, and helped organize and carry out many youth activities. I have also served as an instructor on Sunday for our Women's organization. Did I mention I love to sing?!? I can be found singing in choir and occasionally special musical numbers during Sunday service. I have both participated in and helped organize drama performances, including roadshows and musicals, as well as sing during our Sunday service. I try to find ways to bring my faith into my home. Mondays are family night where we have a special activity and lesson (trying, of course, to keep it short and sweet for the little ones). Often times my mind is drawn to thinking about people in my association who I can help in any way, and I try to listen to the Spirit prompt me for the needs of those around me. Sometimes, it's as simple as having a conversation with someone. I ask how things are going and discover that I can offer empathy and can relate to where they are coming from, and that gives some comfort they seek.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No. Mormons do not practice polygamy. The church does, however, have a history of plural marriage, as the world well knows. I have personally descended from a family that was once under this practice. I find it interesting to learn how they lived, and can't imagine how difficult it would be for a man to provide for two families. President Gordon B. Hinkley had this to say: “This Church has nothing whatever to do with those practicing polygamy. They are not members of this Church.... If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose. Not only are those so involved in direct violation of the civil law, they are in violation of the law of this Church.” Further the Church states: "In this dispensation, the Lord commanded some of the early Saints to practice plural marriage. The Prophet Joseph Smith and those closest to him, including Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, were challenged by this command, but they obeyed it. Church leaders regulated the practice. Those entering into it had to be authorized to do so, and the marriages had to be performed through the sealing power of the priesthood. In 1890, President Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage (Official Declaration 1)." Show more Show less