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Hi I'm Melinda

I'm a student. I love learning and fun. Je suis mormon. Ja sam mormon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an Art student in college, hoping to be an Illustrator. I love movies, music, driving, dancing, cooking, reading, history and pretty much anything else you can think of...really! For fun I like to play piano, watch movies, take a drive, bake, and play ultimate Frisbee. I also love learning languages - I started learning French in middle school. I spent a semester abroad in Paris and LOVED it. I fell more in love with languages and new places while serving as a missionary for the Church in beautiful Croatia! I returned home almost a year ago but I miss it all more than ever - the country, the language, but most of all the wonderful people I love there. I come from a family of 6 kids, and have a bunch of nieces and nephews. Never a dull moment, to say the least!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members of the church. In our home we prayed and read the scriptures together and went to church services. Their examples laid a foundation for my current belief, but are not the REASON I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because as a teenager, I wanted to know for myself whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints really was the true church of God. I didn't want to just ride on the coattails of my parents' faith; I knew it was time to test my own. So, I searched the scriptures and sought God out in prayer. I lived my life according to His commandments and tried to follow the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I kept going to church meetings and really listened to what taught, then applied what I learned. With time, God answered my prayers through the comfort of the Holy Ghost: I know God lives, we are His children. I know Jesus Christ is our Savior and because of His sacrifice we can return to our Father in Heaven. As His children, God loves us is keenly aware of us - our needs, our desires, our trials and triumphs. Our lives are part of His beautiful plan for our eternal happiness. And I know that His restored church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has everything we need to to fulfill that plan. It is the true church of God. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I recently served as a missionary in Croatia for 18/19 months. I could talk about it for hours, so I'll just sum up and say that the decision to serve a mission was the BEST choice I have made in my life thus far. Nothing has brought me greater joy and fulfillment, and the friendships and experiences I had are more precious to me than words can describe. Throughout my life I've tried to do my best to live up to the knowledge I have. I grew up in areas where there weren't many members of the church; I was the only "Mormon" many of my friends at school had ever met. That meant that I got asked a lot of questions! I was glad to answer them, and really appreciated that people realized that as a member of the Church, they could come to me for a straight and honest answer. While living as my religion teaches made me very different from most of my classmates, I had many great friends who respected me and even stood up for me. I learned from my Mom and at church that every person is a child of God and should be treated kindly. Following those teachings and my mom's loving example, I have found friends in unlikely places. I've had many opportunities to serve in my wards (congregations) with all sorts of callings - from playing piano for meetings and ward choirs, teaching children's classes (my favorites were the 7 year-olds), teaching in Relief Society, and as a youth leader - organizing activities etc. With or without a "calling," I am a visiting teacher. Visiting Teaching is a program of the Relief Society - the world's largest women's organization. Women over 18 are invited to participate. As a visiting teacher, I, along with a teaching companion, help and watch out for two (sometimes more) other women in our ward. That includes regular visiting appointments during which we get to know each other and discuss spiritual topics, in addition to acts of service and friendship according to the needs of the women we "visit teach".

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, missionary service is not required of members of the Church. Missionaries volunteer to serve. Young men are especially encouraged to serve missions. We follow the Lord's command to teach his gospel throughout the world. Just like you share good news with your family and loved ones, we want to share the joy and peace and blessings that come from living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Those blessings are intended for everyone. I served a mission. It was my personal decision; no one made me. With the help of my parents I financed my mission. I wanted to go because I wanted to help people learn about their special worth as children of God. I wanted them to feel His love for them, come to know Him and feel purpose and direction in their lives. I was lucky to have parents who taught me these things from a young age; I wanted to share that with those who haven't had the chance to learn these things yet. Show more Show less