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Hi I'm Melinda

I am a stay at home Grandma. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I was born and raised in Florida and in the Church. I became inactive in my late teens and experienced a lot of what the world had to "offer". I had a long and rocky road back to "my life" and to happiness. I have 3 children and 3 grandchildren that I love very much, my 2 year old granddaughter lives with us fulltime. I am an avid outdoors "person". I love sports and animals, I have been riding horses since I was 6 years old. I play the trumpet, trombone, saxaphone and the piano. Since coming back to the gospel and strengthening my faith and testimony I enjoy sharing my love and happiness with others, hoping that they will open their hearts to be able to feel true happiness too! 

Why I am a Mormon

 Initially I was a Mormon because I was born and raised in the church. At one point I decided that I was not going to go to church anymore and I didn't want to have the "restrictions" that I felt that I had. Later in life I started turning my life around, it made me a happier person. After I started down the right path I had some missionaries come to my door. I was finally ready to HEAR what the Lord had to tell me, to build my own testimony and show faith in what I had always known to be true. I thought that I had restrictions and that living a spiritual life was too hard. I am finding out everyday that it is easier and more joyful not to have the restrictions of addiction and other burdens to bare. I am lighter hearted, less stressed and happier than I have ever been. I am at peace knowing that Heavenly Father has a plan for me to have an eternal family and to live with him forever. Only in his church would he make sure that there is a clear path back to him, no loose ends and no contradictions.

How I live my faith

 I am excited to be an active member and to do whatever I can to help out. I go to Church on Sundays. I volunteer to help clean the church. I try to do Service for others in need at least once a week. It makes me feel good to help others, especially when there is no one else to do so. I enjoy having our young missionaries over for dinner and giving them rides when they need them.

What is faith?

Melinda
 Faith is a process by which we come to know things with a surety. In the Book of Mormon, in Ether Chapter 12, verse 6, it says "...faith is things which are hoped for and not seen wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Melinda
We perform proxy baptisms because God has said that there is only one path back to him. This path includes Baptism. There are many people that lived that did not have the opportunity to be baptized, or to be baptized by someone with the authority to do so. Since God is a just God, he would not make it to where someone could not come back to live with him when they had no opportunity to be baptized so provisions are made for those people to still be able to come back to him. We do not believe because we baptize in proxy for the dead that they are forced to accept these ordinances, as always with our Heavenly Father, you have agency to choose whether you want to accept the baptism that was performed for you. Show more Show less