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Hi I'm Melanie

I'm a Virginia girl, bookworm, sister missionary, future speech language pathologist, and - yes - I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a college student and loving it. I am currently studying in the communication disorders program at my university, so I can later pursue a graduate degree in speech language pathology and become a speech language pathologist. By now I am a college junior, but I am temporarily deferring my college enrollment to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I leave for the Mission Training Center in a month and cannot wait to serve God's children full-time for the next 18 months. As for my personal interests, I'm a music junkie, especially when it comes to Broadway musicals. (This probably has to do with the fact that I was raised by a music therapist and played trumpet all through high school.) I am also an avid baker and an incurable bookworm. My ideal Saturday morning involves making homemade bread in my pajamas and then sticking my nose into a good book while I wait for the bread to bake. (Needless to say, both the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible more than qualify as good books. Trust me on this one. As someone who loves books dearly, I can tell you. If you have not had a chance to read these two phenomenal books yet, read them! They will change your life, my friend!)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know and love my Savior, Jesus Christ. Yes, I am a flawed person, but I know that I can be redeemed through the atonement of Christ if I come unto him. This brings me peace and allows me to feel the love of my Heavenly Father keenly. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's true church. It is the same church that Christ set up during his mortal ministry and we are blessed to live in a time when it has been restored on Earth. I am a Mormon because I trust God's infinite wisdom over the changeable values of the world. I know that through the scriptures and the words of living prophets, I have free access to the word of God. Scriptures such as the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible are my anchors that keep me from floating adrift in a chaotic world. I look forward with excitement to the day when Christ comes again and peace reigns on Earth. You might ask how I "know" all this. Well, it is because the Spirit of God as witnessed it to me. I can feel it in my heart and soul. I am a child of God. I am loved. There is nothing on this Earth anyone can do to me that can change that. Yes, terrible things happen, but no, this does not mean that God doesn't care. He cares about each of His children much, much more than we can even imagine. I testify of God's love and that you - yes you - and every other human beings on this Earth are children of God. God wants us all to return home to Him and has created something called the Plan of Happiness for us to do so. Christ is the key. Seek him out. He will be your greatest friend and companion. I say these things his blessed name. Amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping to the commandments of God. God has given us directions for how to live our lives in a way that will make us happy and allow us to return to Him. By following God's commands such as love thy neighbor and honor thy father and mother, I try to show God that love Him too. I also live my faith by building my faith. Studying the word of God is important to me. I read directly from the scriptures every day, so I can know for myself why I am here and where I am going. I also attend church regularly, so I can learn and grow with others. Very soon, I will be living my faith by sharing it full-time as I serve as a missionary for Christ on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This will involve teaching my brothers and sisters abroad of their divine heritage and seeing how I can best help them feel the love of God in their lives.