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Hi I'm Minden

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Minden, I am 21 years old. I'm a wife, an aunt, a student, a researcher, a singer, a teacher, and I'm a Mormon! My husband and I live and work at a home for troubled boys, where we help young men discover their own values and principles and to live by those values. We help exemplify the importance of their role in their families as well as in society. We laugh, play, and cry with "hardened" young men all day and witness extreme growth in each of their characters. It's lots of fun! :) I also play the guitar. And although I cannot call myself a talented guitarist, I truly love music and singing. When people hear me sing they say I sound like Ingrid Michaelson or Regina Spektor, I don't necessarily think that is true, but I love to sing and so accept the sweet compliment. I study Psychology and hope to become a professor of Neuropsychology as well as a mom within the next 10 years. My husband and I have recently began road biking and have began unofficial training for some local races next year. I dream to one day be good at tennis as well as an avid traveler. But as for where I am now, I'm happy, and there were times I never thought I'd make it here, so I consider my life a miracle and a great blessing. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I attended church meetings with my family and was baptized on my 8th birthday. I fulfilled these requirements and was considered a legitimate member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. From most outsiders looking in, I was a Mormon. Nevertheless, although I will be forever thankful for that foundation and guidance from parents and many others, I am writing today looking back on another time in my life, when I was about 16 years old, when I was truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. My world started crumbling around me when I was about 13 years old. My parents separated, I moved away from all of my friends, and I was forcefully robbed of my virtue all at a very young age. I was in deep despair. I began to make choices to participate in activities that temporarily relieved the pain and called for negative attention. One night, through an experience I hope no one else to receive, I hit rock bottom. I called for help to the source of peace I had remembered being told of as a very young girl. I prayed to our perfect, loving, Heavenly Father and received inspiration. I spoke with a Church leader about my wrongs, and as soon as I did, I felt an overwhelming amount of love from my Heavenly Father. Through meeting with my leader, I learned of Jesus Christ's atonement for our sins, our pains, and all other earthly experiences. As I sought forgiveness and healing, I felt this truth cleanse me of all my troubles. I became a new person. If ever someone hears this story now, they don't believe it. I have to continue seeking repentance for the wrongs I commit, and seek the strength to forgive others for their wrongs. When I look to Him for comfort, I still feel His love and guidance. I love my Savior and I have a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. I know He loves all of His children, in other words, He loves you.

How I live my faith

In my area, I serve as second to the president of of a large women's group. We organize and carry out humanitarian and service projects. We visit our neighbors. We offer our love and support to all, every one, with no objective but to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ and to invite others to find the peace that comes through Him. We meet together each Sunday to teach and learn from each other about Jesus Christ and to receive instruction on how to best live our lives. Being a part of this work has shown me how to look, instead of wait, for service opportunities. I have grown a greater capacity in my heart to love and not judge, to be kind, and to live a productive life.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I know there is a God because when I seek answers to my questions, I receive answers, and sometimes the answers come through other people who have no idea. When I pray to God, I feel His love for me. I know there is a God because I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet, who saw Him and His Son, Jesus Christ through revelation. I know there is a God because everyday I study brains of creatures big and small, and know life could not have been an accident or coincidence, but rather created and organized by an all-knowing Creator, who is God. Show more Show less