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Hi I'm Mindy

I am a daughter, a mother, a wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Melinda Bishop, and I prefer to be called Mindy. I have been a member of the church my whole life. Even though i was born into the church, i didn't get my true testimony until I was 21. When I graduated from high school in 2007, I didn't go to college right away because I really didn't want too. A few months later I turned 18 and that is when everything started. I met this guy named Matt and we started to date. Matt was not a member of the church and in fact he was a self proclaimed bad boy. He had been arrested on several occasions and he drank and smoked and occasionally did drugs. I was at this time going through my "rebellious" stage due to some issues at home. Matt and I started to be intimate about 1 month into our relationship, he was my 1st. I became pregnant about 3-4 months into our relationship and at this time my family had pretty much nothing to do with me. When my son, Brayden, was 2 months old I left Matt and started off on my own. I was broke and a single mom with no where to go and no one to help me. I was working 2 jobs, and barely making the rent on my apartment. I lived that way for at least another year or so.

Why I am a Mormon

After almost 4 years of rebelling against the church, I got this really strong impression that I needed to go to church that coming sunday. That 1st sunday back was the hardest and scariest thing I have ever done. It took a whole lot of time and effort for me to feel comfortable at church again. My next step was to talk with my bishop. I had a sit-down meeting with him, but i was not ready to confess my sins to him. A few months later i decided to start going to the single's ward in my area and that is where I met my guardian angel, Russ. Russ and I dated for about 4 months and in that time he helped me too become fully active in the church and have all my blessings restored. On my birthday though, Russ broke up with me. I was crushed and was not sure why he helped me and then left me. A month or so later I got my answer. I met Kyle, who is now my husband. Heavenly father places certain people in your life at certain times and even though they may not stay around to long, they do what they have been sent to do even if they themselves don't realize it. I am a Mormon not because of Russ but because the Lord, through Russ, helped me to see the truth. My husband I were sealed in the Temple for time and all eternity and we are working on him adopting my son. I am a Mormon because I know that this is the only true Church on this earth. I realized that if I wanted to live with my family beyond this life and into the next, I needed to be faithful and to follow the Lord's commands. Great blessings come from being LDS, Mormon, and I would really like to share the gospel with others so they may have the opportunities and blessings that I have received.

How I live my faith

My husband, Kyle, and I have been asked to "team teach" some of the youth in our Church. We specifically teach the children who have already turned 8. Every Sunday we prepare a lesson from our manuals that helps the children to understand and to know the teachings of the Church. This is a HUGE calling because we are influencing these young children and teaching them the way of the Lord.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Any man of any color or nationality may be a priesthood holder. To be a priesthood holder, a man has to be worthy to hold those "keys". That is the only "restriction". Any Man, Any color. Show more Show less