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Hi I'm Mendy

I'm a wife, a mother, a volunteer, a reader, and a do-it-yourself-er. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a homemaker. I feel that when I die, one of my friends will shake her head and say, "She was always cleaning..." Someone who doesn't know me well will ask, "Was her house very clean, then?" to which my friend will respond, "Oh, no! But she was always cleaning." When I am not cleaning my house, I am running errands, volunteering at one of my kids' schools, or working on a home improvement or craft project.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because I cannot image living my life any other way! My faith gives me strength when times are hard and hope when things get tough. I know that God is my Father in Heaven and that He loves me. The longer I am a parent, the more I understand my relationship with my Heavenly Father. My religion helps me keep my priorities in line, giving most of my time to what matters most to me--my God and my family.

How I live my faith

I spend several hours each week planning a camp for teenage girls. At camp, we try to create an oasis from the world and draw closer to God through communing with the stunning natural world He created for us. It is amazing how strongly our Father in Heaven's Spirit can be felt when we are closer to nature and further away from electronics! In addition to volunteering at church, I also help out in my children's schools. I enjoy seeing the faces of the students light up when it is my turn to help out in the classrooms. I can see why Jesus Christ, Himself, wanted the little children to come to Him. I know that all children are God's children and that He loves them all.

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

Mendy
Mormons typically dress in their "Sunday best" for church. Usually, this means a dress or skirt for women and girls and a dress shirt and tie for men. As for holidays, we celebrate the traditional big Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter. Naturally, at Christmastime, we focus on the birth of our Beloved Savior. We don't have a Christmas service on Christmas Eve, but we typically have a special service on the Sunday before Christmas. For Easter, we have a special service at our regular service time on Easter Day, when we gratefully commemorate Christ's Resurrection and Atonement. And just because we like to sugar up all of those kids we are famous for, we dress up for Halloween if we feel like it. If we have a party at our church for Halloween, we ask that people don't wear masks--to keeps things family-friendly. Other than that, you'll see us have a cook-out for Memorial Day, attend a parade on the Fourth of July and hang a pinata to celebrate our children's birthdays each year. We'll blend right into the crowd during just about every Christian and Federal holiday you can think of! Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mendy
No! The image of a Mormon who only helps people of his/her faith is not the image of anyone I know. As Mormons, we believe that all people are beloved children of a loving Heavenly Father. We are all brothers and sisters, regardless of our membership in a certain church. Members in our church are encouraged to give generous offerings. One such offering is to a humanitarian fund which distributes aids like hygiene and school kits to impoverished parts of the world and emergency supplies to areas that have suffered a natural disaster. These aids are given to needy communities as wholes, not to other Mormon congregations. On a smaller scale, I know of Mormon women who take meals to neighbors who have had surgery or a baby--something commonly done within a congregational community--even though the neighbor is not Mormon, herself. A true Mormon has a giving Christian heart and not only helps other Mormons, but all of God's children.   Show more Show less