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Hi I'm Melinda

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and the mother of eight children. I love being home with my children, teaching them, and playing with them. Our family enjoys gardening, playing games, and learning new things.

Why I am a Mormon

In high school I had a Mormon friend. After graduation we parted our separate ways, and he served a mission in Argentina for two years. When he returned from his mission he shared his testimony with me, and he taught me some basic gospel principles. He asked me to meet with the missionaires, but I was reluctant. Finally I agreed to have the missionaries over to my apartment in hopes that they would stop calling me. However, when they began to teach me, the things they were saying rang true to my heart, and I invited them back several more times. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true. I didn't receive an answer right away. I really didn't want to be a Mormon and have to change my lifestyle, or go against the traditions of my family. However, one evening I prayed and asked to know if the Book of Mormon was the Word of God. I received a strong witness from the Holy Spirit that it was. That witness washed away all doubt, and I made the decision to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was the best decision I've ever made! The Church is true!! That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Our family regularly attends church. Before I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I thought three hours was a long time to be at church. But I LOVE to go, my children love going. It feels wonderful to take a day of rest each week and be filled with the Holy Spirit and renew myself for the upcoming week. I love the first Sunday of each month called Fast and Testimony meeting. It's a time when members can voluntarily bear their testimonies of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the congregation. Occasionally I will bear my testimony that I know this Gospel is true. I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and each and every one of us. I know I have a Savior, Jesus Christ. I know the Gospel has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Melinda
Yes!! I think this gospel principle is one of the most exciting ones. We believe we will live together as families in heaven for eternity. My husband and I have seven children with hopes of more to come. We think the more the merrier! We look forward to having eternal life with each other and our children. It is a motivating factor for us to teach them well and raise them right so that we can all return together as a family to live with our Father in Heaven again. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Melinda
When I was investigating the church, I was impressed that Mormons seemed so normal. I was impressed with the modest clothing. Women and girls wear dresses or skirts to church. You don't see much sleeveless clothing or short skirts. The men and boys typically wear white shirts with ties. Mormons pretty much celebrate all holidays that many other Americans celebrate. Christmas and Easter are central religious holidays in our religion as they mark two very important events, the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Melinda
Awesome!!! I am a convert to the Church and I love who I have become as a person, because of the teachings of the Church, which are based on the teachings of Christ. I can't imagine raising my family any other way. As a Mormon I have a desire to live a Christ-centered life that focuses on charity and service to my family, friends, and neighbors. At times being a Mormon can be challenging because you are often the minority. However, it's usually a strengthening experience because it causes you think about your beliefs and want to defend them. Overall, I find great joy in being a Mormon because of the knowledge I have gained of eternal principles. I cherish my testimony I have developed over the years with the Holy Spirit as my guide. I have zero desire to go back to my pre-convert days. Honestly, back in the day I NEVER ever would've thought I would be calling myself a Mormon. But here I am saying it right now and I LOVE it!! Show more Show less