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Hi I'm Melinda Padgett Cook

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired RN. I love the studies of medicinal and edible herbs. I love gardening and genealogy, but my greatest love is being a wife, mother and grandmother. My husband, Newell, and I have a large blended family of nine children, 32 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren. It is so wonderful being part of a loving, supportive family. What a joy it is to love them in return. I am a pioneer of sorts, a pioneer reared in South Georgia.

Why I am a Mormon

What a thrill it was when in the late 1940's, the traveling missionaries would visit our home in Sparks, Cook County, Georgia or my grandparent's home in Hahira, Lowndes County, Georgia. My mother's family had been members of the church for many years and had retained their testimonies and their enthusiasm. There were no local organized branches of the church during those years. The Georgia-Florida Mission extended from North of Atlanta, Georgia to Tallahassee, Florida and beyond, and we didn't get to see the missionaries very often. The missionaries would come and work in the fields with my father and at night they held cottage meetings and had family prayer in our home. Although I was very young, I knew when I heard them pray that what they were teaching us was "true". I felt the spirit so strongly that sometimes I would open my eyes during the prayer to see where exactly Heavenly Father might be standing. I knew they were his representatives. My father, the grandson of two protestant ministers was baptized, and later after progressing in the priesthood, he was able to baptize me. I remember wearing a beautiful white dress my mother made for me, and walking barefoot into the warm sand at the edge of the Withlacoochee River holding my father's hand. It was the most wonderful day of my life. I knew that what I was doing was right. That was sixty years ago. I have never been bored. There is so much to learn.

How I live my faith

My husband , Newell, and I have scripture study together daily. We enjoy it most when we study the commentaries and really get engrossed in "feasting" on the scriptures. We attend church regularly, pay an honest tithing, and try to be a good example to our family members. Our Atlanta, Georgia Temple has reopened recently and we plan to attend often. We took several family members to the open house. It is so beautiful! I love writing family histories and short stories about my ancestors and events in my life. That is my legacy. I have memories of life 60+ years ago, and I want my grandchildren to know what it was like living on a farm in the 1040's and 50's. I want them to know about the strong moral values of their grandparents and great grandparents. I want them to know what it was like living during WWII, and the patriotism that we felt during those difficult times. I want them to know the sacrifices we made. I also try to take advantage of the brief, beautiful moments when there is a remarkable sunset, or when the beautiful, lush foilage in our back yard is caught in a thunder shower. Those moments are brief, but spiritual. I have to take a few moments of my time to recharge my spiritual batteries by appreciating the beautiful world Heavenly Father created for me. Gratefully, I have noticed my children and grandchildren doing the same. I love Georgia from the mountains in the North, to the flat, sandy southernmost counties. I love the luxurious green of this state. I have felt that perhaps I covenanted to live in Georgia. My favorite service is doing genealogy. I love the church websites and feel so close to my ancestors and appreciate their sacrifices for me. I love living in Georgia. I love being of service to others. It isn't as easy as when I was younger, but it is no less rewarding.