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Hi I'm Melinda

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother, and a writer. Usually in that order, but sometimes I get my roles confused. When I was little, I thought I'd grow up to be a singer. Then I discovered that you actually have to be able to sing. When I was older, I thought I'd be a lawyer. Then I had a baby and realized that what I really wanted to be was a mother. Now I'm the mother of four, with all the trials and joys that come with that job. I have a BA in English and have always loved writing and literature. So in addition to attending sports events, carting kids to school, and making sure homework and chores get done, I try to find time each day to write. I feel there is power in the written word. Sometimes a story can do more to change or influence someone than a real-life experience.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in college I did an internship for a Senator in Washington, D.C. One day, while I was working in the front office, a homeless woman came in and handed me a resume scribbled on a dirty napkin. As she left, her shoulders stooped and her head hanging down, I looked at that scrap of paper and wondered if it would do anything to get her out of her current plight. I realized what she really needed was to know that there was a God in Heaven who loved her and could help her. She needed love and service. I wanted to make a difference in the world and at that moment I understood that the greatest difference I could make was by serving God's children, one by one. Not many people in this world are put in a position to help millions, but all of us can help one person. We can serve our neighbors, our family members, and those in need. When my internship was over, I decided to serve a mission for the church. I was thrilled when I got called to serve in my own country. I felt like it was a chance to make my own home a better place. It was a way that I could help people like the woman who walked into that Senator's office. My mission shaped and influenced the person I am today. I was able to meet and build relationships with others that were from different faiths, different races, and different economic positions. I learned despite our differences, we are really very similar. And I believe everyone is searching for happiness. Essentially, I'm a Mormon because I sincerely believe that living the teachings and principles of this church lead to happiness.

How I live my faith

Probably the greatest way I live my faith is through my family. Being a wife and mother is sometimes a difficult, and thankless, job. But it has also brought me the greatest joy. It's an amazing thing to know you love somebody so much that you'd willingly sacrifice your desires and needs for theirs. In church, I teach Gospel Doctrine, the adult Sunday School class. Right now we are studying the New Testament. It's been a huge blessing to study the life of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and remember the sacrifice He has made for all of us.