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Hi I'm Melinda

I'm a Mormon. I'm a wife, mother & former beginning & middle school band teacher.

About Me

I've been married since 2003 and am a mom to two beautiful girls who are 6 years apart (almost to the day!). I attended Ricks/BYU-Idaho and obtained a degree in Music Education, Band Emphasis, main instrument: flute. I also have played the piano since I was 8. I worked for the past 4 years as a beginning/middle school band teacher while my husband went back to school. And while music is a passion and a vocation, I also enjoy cooking, crocheting, downhill skiing, exploring National Parks, reading, and keeping in touch with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was around 10 years old, I thought my mom was being mean by forcing my younger brother to go to church when he would rather stay home with our dad. Of course, at that age I had no idea how spiritual revelation worked when you're "the mom" but in my young brain, I didn't agree. I was worried that if he was forced to go, he would eventually rebel. I remember telling my mom "Well, no one is going to force me to go to church. I'm going to find out for myself if it's true, and if it's not, I won't go." I thought I was really smart :-) And so did she. I decided that I would read some of the Book of Mormon, and then pray to know if it was true. I figured that if the Book of Mormon was true, the obviously Joseph Smith was a true prophet and everything else was true too. I thought I was definitely going to save time with that tactic. That's when my personal testimony was born. Being a Mormon has not always been easy or convenient. It hasn't meant that I was always grateful for the gospel either. No matter what happens, I always seem to feel my Heavenly Father's presence surround me, letting me know that I'm still loved. I know I would feel incredibly empty if I didn't have access to that feeling. I know that the principle of eternal families is real. It means everything to me to know that I can be with my husband and daughters forever; and that my friends can also be with their families forever as well. We are taught to mourn with those that mourn, and I have had plenty of friends suffer loss of siblings, parents, children and the peace that comes from knowing that it is possible to be together again takes away the sting of death. I know that a prophet lives on Earth today and he is the prophet for the world. Whether or not people choose to listen to him doesn't change the fact that he is their prophet too. I know that Jesus suffered in Gethsemane for all of our pains and discomforts in addition to all our sins so he could know us personally. Because he loves us.

How I live my faith

I've worked with children and youth in the church. I used to lead the singing time for children before we moved. Now I get to play the piano for the children's singing time! I enjoy going to other activities organized for the women or the entire congregation outside of the regular Sunday meeting schedule. One of my favorite things is visiting teaching, where I get to visit women specifically assigned to me at least once a month. I love getting to know these women and having them become my friends-I personally think this is one the absolute easiest ways to make new friends.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Melinda
We believe very strongly in the gift of agency; the ability to make our own choices for good or ill. We also believe that baptism is a saving ordinance required for eternal salvation. Because every person in the existence of the Earth will not have a chance to hear the Gospel personally in this life for various reasons and because we believe that our spirits continue in existence beyond the grave, we want to give everyone the opportunity to have this saving ordinance of baptism. All worth members who are at least 12 years of age are allowed into a room in the temple called a baptistry where a baptismal font can be found. Men are baptized on behalf of deceased men, women for deceased women. We believe that the spirits of these deceased have the opportunity to accept or decline the ordinance work done in their behalf. It does not take away individual agency; in fact, it gives them more-because they finally have the option of accepting membership into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or not, where before, they had no choice. Show more Show less