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Hi I'm Melinda

I'm a military wife. I'm a mom of 3: twin boys (almost men) and a Japanese teenage girl. I'm a yoga lover. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am child 8 of a family of 11. We grew up poor, in the worlds standards, but rich in spiritual matters. I had a very happy childhood with so many cibilings to fight and play with. When we get together it is crazy chaos, but a barrel of laughs. I love to bike, hike, garden, volunteer, dance, and recycle. I love nature, natural remedies, and animals. And nothing brings me greater joy than to help out my fellow men. I am a mom of 3 great kids. I struggled having more kids after my twin boys, so we adopted a Japanese little girl. Being a wife and a mom is my number one priority. With one son having SSA (same sex attraction), and one being adopted I am gaining a greater understanding of these challenge, but more importantly, of God's love and atonement. Nothing has taught me more about God's love than the love I have for my kids and the love God has for each of us. I love spending time with my kids and my husband. (if he is not off flying for the military.) My kids love it when I chase them around the house, whether I am squirting them with water, or shooing them off to bed. We have grand fun playing board gamed together, eating dinner as a family, or just plain hanging out.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because despite the fact that I was born and raised in the church there comes a point when all must question the beliefs they were raised on. Just as Joseph Smith prayed to know what church to join, we can all receive an answer. I prayed about it and know this is Christ's church on the earth today. I follow the Lord and the Lord only. If He would have told me His church was somewhere else I would follow. But when I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true if this was His gospel, I received an undeniable answer. I no longer needed to lean on the witness of my parents or friends; I knew for myself! This is His church and I will follow the Lord. Throughout the years, as I have followed His teachings, questioned many things, and read the scriptures I have gained a stronger witness of this truth. Whenever I have questions I turn to my Heavenly Father and He is there to guide me everyday through personal revelation/prayer. I know that this is the Lord's church.

How I live my faith

I want all to have a personal relationship with their Savior and to listen for His love and answers. I love to pray for guidance and to ask God what He wants me to do today. I devote one day, Sunday, by only doing things that help me draw closer to God, i.e. church, service, ect. I love the scriptures and love reading and discussing them with my family. We pray together, we read together, and we eat together. I teach my children by example to be honest, pure, and kind. I teach my children respect for the sanctity of marriage & sex only after marriage. I follow Jesus Christ as I listen to living day prophets who guide and direct us in this day and age. I have felt the Saviors love for his children as I have served women, children, and other families in the church and community. I help them see and feel His love as well. I visit women in their homes monthly to uplift them spiritually and even phyiscially at times. I also love volunteering to help with disaster relief. I have made many quilts, baby blankets, clothes and toys; put together baby, hygiene, and school kits to be sent out to all the world. I volunteered with the "Mormon Helping Hands" to remove trees, trash and debri from roads and yards in the Eastern states. I love to work hard and show my love to all His children no matter who or where they are. I love my Savior and show my love through kindness and service to others. As hard as it may be to let my 18 yr old boys leave home, friends and family to serve strangers that don't understand or respect them, in order that they might meet someone searching for Christ, I do this because sacrifice is part of our devotion and service to Christ. They are serving church missions just as both me and my husband served. I loved giving of my time and talents to help others find, or return to Christ.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Melinda
As a mom who struggled to have children of my own, I realize the precious gift life is. After adopting my daughter and finding out that her birth mom was asked to abort, I am forever grateful she didn't. I would not have my precious daughter if she had chosen an abortion. This life on earth is to gain a body and experience so we can be more like the Savior. So whatever the hardships that might happen or whatever paths we choose, life on this earth is part of God's plan for us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Melinda
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead, along with God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost is one in purpose with the Father and the Son, but is a separate being. Through Joseph Smith, the Lord revealed: The Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22) The special mission of the Holy Ghost is to testify of the Father and the Son, to reveal the truth (Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:4,5), to comfort us (John 14:26), and to sanctify us. He is a divine guide and teacher. The Holy Ghost is my constant companion, my guide, my peace, and my comfort. Without the gift of the Holy Ghost in my life I would feel lost. I feel the love, guidance, and closeness of God through the Holy Ghost. I get promptings and messages through the Holy Ghost. I feel like I can do anything because I have the Lord's spirit with me. The Holy Ghost helps me to have personal revelation in my life. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Melinda
Our families provide a setting for much of the growth we experience in life. In our families we love, serve, teach, and learn from each other. We share our joys and our sorrows. Family ties may bring us difficult challenges, but they also give us strength and some of our greatest happiness. Families are such a huge part of the Heavenly Father's plan. Families are the foundation of life, communities, and the gospel. We are brought to a greater understanding of our Father in Heaven and how he must feel towards us. When the families breaks down communities fall apart. When communities fall apart nations fall apart. When nations fall apart the world falls apart. The Lord can teach us to improve and the next generations can be better than the last. While we cannot choose the conditions of our birth, we can choose each day to make our families stronger and happier. It is possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Melinda
Death is not the end. Death is really a beginning—another step forward in Heavenly Father’s plan for His children. Someday, like everyone else, your physical body will die. But your spirit does not die, it goes to the spirit world, where you will continue to learn and progress and may be with loved ones who have passed on. Death is a necessary step in your progression, just as your birth was. Sometime after your death, your spirit and your body will be reunited—never to be separated again. This is called resurrection, and it was made possible by the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-22). Life after death is glorious and necessary. Just as birth is glorious and necessary. Both in death and birth we leave loved one behind to enter into a new world. Before we came to earth we lived with our Heavenly Father as spirits. And when we return to heaven after death we will have our loved ones around us that have also passed on. We believe strongly in eternal families and know that through the proper ordinances we can be together forever. This give me peace and hope and encourages me to give my best to my family because I will be with them forever. Our spirits will also be reunited with our own bodies. Just as Christ was resurrected we will be resurrected. That is why taking care of our bodies is also important. I have felt my family members, who have passed on, around me and I know there is life after death. Show more Show less