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Hi I'm Melinda!

I grew up in the border town of Nogales, Arizona. My parents are educators, so I followed in their footsteps...and, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the converted wife of a life-long member of the Church. I found the Church when I was at a place in my life that could have led me down a really wrong path. My husband and I met on an Internet dating site. What set him apart from the rest was his faith and his sense of humor. We are both sarcastic and goofy. I have been a teacher for 13 years. Even though it is not what I thought I would be doing when I graduated college, I know that it is what I am supposed to be doing. I teach 8th graders, which is a lesson in patience every single day. I love to read, draw, and spend time with those that I love. I am the only member in my immediate family, and I am ever appreciative that they are still in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

When I met my husband-to-be, I knew that his membership in the Church was important to him. As it turned out, there was a Church meetinghouse less than two blocks away from my home at the time. I walked in one Sunday, ready to find out all there was to know about the Church. At first, they thought I had transferred from another ward. I guess what I did doesn't happen all that often. I was able to attend church that day, and I discovered that I enjoyed being there. I received regular lessons from the missionaries, and when I knew enough to believe in what they were teaching - to believe in the validity of the Book of Mormon - I set a date to be baptized. The day after my 31st birthday, I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and my life has never been the same (in a really good way). My parents are devout Catholics, and at first they weren't sure about whether what I was doing was the right thing. They had faith in my judgement, though, and knew that I would never jump head first into anything that big. Now, though we still have our differences when it comes to everyday living, they still support me and see what a difference becoming a member has made in my life. I know that the Book of Mormon is true because I have read it. It coincides with the Bible, telling another story of the lives that have been touched and saved by Jesus Christ. I am blessed to know as much as I do about the Bible now because I learn something new every Sunday I attend church. Most importantly, I know how much I mean to a Heavenly Father that loves me and wants the best for me. Knowing this makes me rethink every decision that I make when it comes to how I live my life and what I find truly important. I know that little things can make a difference in the long-run, so I try to use what I have learned and listen to the Spirit so that I am always making the best choices for myself and my family.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday unless I am sick. I try to be as helpful as I can to those around me, like taking children off their parent's hands when they need a break at church. My husband and I try to read the Book of Mormon as often as possible. It really helps keep my life in perspective. We live the Word of Wisdom, which means even though I used to adore a daily Caramel Macchiato from Starbuck's, I no longer drink tea or coffee because I understand that they aren't healthy choices for me. I trust the leaders of the Church just as I would trust Jesus himself, and I take heed of what they tell me to be true. I am a visiting teacher to two fantastic women that I may have never gotten to know very well otherwise. It is an opportunity that I am extremely happy to have. The women in the Church are such awesome role models for me - they are great people, spectacular mothers, and lifelong friends. I help to organize the monthly meetings that are meant to enrich women's lives, and it has helped me to understand how much work there is to be done and how much I can help.