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Hi I'm Melinda

I have spent most of my life in Colorado. I am a gemologist jewelry appraiser. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married for the second time in my life. My first husband died when I was in my early thirties. I have two adult stepsons and a delightful thirteen-year-old step-granddaughter; she helps make up for not having born my own children. I have gone to college twice, but I haven't finished--yet. I thought about going into nursing since I have spent a lot of my adult life taking care of diabetics, but instead I earned a graduate gemologist diploma so I could work side-by-side with my current husband. I have played the piano since I was five; I also play the organ and sing a little. I love books, plants, quilting, cross stitch and baking; the last is evidenced by my ample waistline. I enjoy meeting new people; everyone has a unique story and something to offer to the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon Church, but that was not reason enough to stay with this religion. After I left home for college, I realized that the Gospel of Jesus Christ had to have personal application in my daily life or it wasn't worth following. I couldn't be a Sunday-only church person. I searched through prayer and scriptures and made efforts to live my religion every day. The most important thing I have learned is that Jesus knows everything we go through, whether it is sin or abuse or sickness or death or financial challenges. I don't know how I could continue from day to day if I did not have this reassurance as well as the conviction that I am a beloved daughter of God. I want to please Him with my odedience and be worthy to enjoy His presence.

How I live my faith

I think the most important thing I do in living my faith is trying to exhibit love, patience and kindness in my interactions with all people. I am responsible for visiting three other women from our congregation on a monthly basis, and I go with my husband to visit one other woman and two families. These visits probably help me more than the people I am asked to serve. I have had music responsibilities in the Church since I was twelve when I started playing the piano for children's meetings. Now I play the organ every Sunday and lead the music in the women's meeting. I am very blessed that I can do this.