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Hi I'm Mel Stradling

I am a C.R.N.A. (nurse anesthetist). I am a Vietnam vet. and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In my early years I worked on my family's dairy farm, attended Public Schools, and was active in LDS Church life. As a teenager I worked in the family cabinet/wood-working shop, attended High School and enjoyed activities with my friends in the LDS Church. I decided to attend college for a semester and then to go on a two year LDS "mission". Upon my return, I continued my college education, met and married a wonderful woman, and graduated with a BSN from the University. I entered the U.S. Army as an officer, serving in several stateside assignments, and in Vietnam. My wife and I wanted a family and we happily had 7 children, 5 girls and 2 boys. I now have several grandchildren to enjoy. After military service I continued education in a health profession and obtained certification as a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) and I am currently active in that profession. After a struggle with cancer my wife passed away in early 2010. The help and support I received from friends including many Church members was a blessing to me and my family. Later I became acquainted with another wonderful woman through Church activities - we married and are very happy together. I like moderate exercise activities, some fan sports, and fixing and improving things around my home, cars, and garden. Doing things with my family is important to me. I also participate in civic and political activities as well as religious activities.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormon and taught me the history and beliefs of the Church. Even while I was young I believed what I learned was true. I was baptized and had feelings stronger than just belief but found it difficult to explain these. As a teenager I came to realize that I was happiest and most satisfied when I lived my religious convictions. I had developed a practice of praying to God each day and realized this helped me to do better and be happier. As I matured I appreciated more and more the teaching about God and his son Jesus Christ and I know he is my Savior. I try to show my love by simply being kind and considerate to others.

How I live my faith

I attend worship services weekly with my wife and enjoy the feelings of closeness to God. I have enjoyed making friends as I join in Church activities. I have held several lay callings to serve in the Church which has greatly enriched my life. I participate in humanitarian efforts to assist those in need and find satisfaction in contributing to projects which help young men and women obtain funds to further their education or careers.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Mel Stradling
To pay tithing is an opportunity to participate in God's work here on earth. It allows believers to demonstrate their faith in God and enjoy real promised blessings in our lives. Sharing what we have been given develops attributes of caring and unselfishness. This practice of tithing continues from Old Testament times. Show more Show less