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Hi I'm Melinda

I'm a perspective music therapist. An owner of 20+ instruments. Bilingual: Spanish and English. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I have served a mission in California and I got to work with the Spanish-speaking people. I have a mom and a dad, 3 younger brothers and 1 younger sister. One of my brothers served his mission in Germany, and is now engaged! My other brother is serving his mission California. I am studying Music Therapy at USU and I LOVE IT!!! Since my class load is low, I spend my extra time volunteering with a Music Therapist at a near by nursing home. I have loved getting to know people and listening to their story. I own 20+ instruments, but I mainly sing, play piano, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, harmonica, and whatever else I can get my hands on. My family is a swimming family, so my life has been filled with swim team, teaching swim lessons, and playing with my family and friends in the water. I loved my full-time mission and I love still being able to share with people what makes me happy and how they can gain that happiness as well.

Why I am a Mormon

At first, I was following the example my parents have set. I was baptized when I was eight years old, and since then, my testimony of the Restored Gospel has grown so much! I am staying strong because I know for myself, through sincere study and prayer, that this is the true church of our Savior Jesus Christ. It did not come all at once, but the calm peaceful feelings that only come from the Holy Ghost have helped my testimony grow throughout the years.

How I live my faith

I go about normal life with the thought in mind:what would Jesus do? It isn't always that easy, but it affects a lot of my decision making in my life. Studying the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, every day (at least for 5 minutes or so) really helps me understand what God wants me to do. A number of examples in my life have taught me to serve others and help those in need. Not just go serve food at a shelter, but search for those people or friends who need a hug, a hello, or even a smile. There is no greater satisfaction in life than to help someone else carry on in this world. I volunteer at the near by nursing home and help those people smile and laugh, and find peace.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Melinda
Women don't hold the priesthood because God wanted it that way. I am grateful that I have been able to see my dad hold the priesthood and that my mom has the special calling as "Mom". I have seen them shoulder the load equally together. My dad serving in his priesthood responsibilities and my mom in her church responsibilities in the Relief Society, Young Womens, and the Primary. Whenever I have been sick, my mom has been able to help me (medicine, clean up, sing me to sleep, etc) and my dad has been able to give me a priesthood blessing. I know that God's way is the perfect way. He blesses us the most when we follow His will, and when we have doubts, we can ask Him. He loves answering our questions! Show more Show less