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Hi I'm Melinda Voisin LeBlanc

I'm a Cajun from South Louisiana; I love gardening and volunteering for animal rescue and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my high school sweetheart in 1974; we have 4 super kids and 8 grandchildren that I think are just awesome! I am a retired Army Reserve Master Sergeant and have loved serving my country. Presently I am a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar for the great state of Texas and have been a poll worker for the last three years. I also volunteer one day a week at a Christian church sponsored resale shop and food bank. My other volunteer job is with a charitable organization that assists in animal rescue, adoption, and transportation. I am taking Spanish classes at our local Senior Center because I think the Spanish language is so beautiful and I would love to converse with some of my Hispanic friends in their native language. I understand Cajun French since my parents and grandparents all spoke French at home but I was not to talk French because it was banned at school. I really wished I would have learned to talk French. I do cook in the Cajun style and every Christmas Eve we throw a wonderful Cajun food party for family, friends, and anyone else that shows up on our doorstep! We live in a 1939 bungalow that we are slowly remodeling (time and money thing) that hopefully we will turn into a B&B sometime in the future. We enjoy people and food so I think this will be a lot of fun (I know there is a lot of work too but that's ok). I really like gardening so I have a small vegetable garden in raised beds in my front yard along with several orange, fig, and pear trees!

Why I am a Mormon

Joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was not a spur of the moment thing for me. All of our family had been Catholic for generations and changing was not an easy decision. I was introduced to the church through a friend at military monthly training and my husband was introduced to the church by a co-worker. We studied the doctrine with his co-worker for 9 months and then went on vacation to Utah just to make sure this church had everything they said they had and was no "fly by night" organization. Everything was better than I had imagined - that was 32 years ago! We were baptized by my husband's co-worker and have never looked back. It was hard with our family at first but after they realized we really didn't change (except for the better) they didn't mind. It has been great being in the church because the doctrine is so sensible and easy to understand. I love having a kind Heavenly Father and a Savior who will love me no matter how often I stumble and fall. I want to be like them. We and our children have always had good people to rub elbows with whether it has been in our own church group or half way around the world. If you are a member of Christ's church you automatically have friends everywhere there is a church group in the world! I know that Christ lives and I know that if I follow His example with all my heart that someday I can live with Him and Heavenly Father again as well as the members of my family whom I love so much.

How I live my faith

I believe that to become like Christ I need to try to do things like Christ would do them; I always keep that in mind as I start each day. Wherever I go I greet people with a smile, you just never know who needs a little kindness at the moment. My church responsibilities include visiting several ladies from church and being a good listener and friend to them - I have come to love them so much that I look forward to our visits. I also help our full-time missionaries teach lessons which is very exciting - I just love it when "the light comes on in the attic" of someone investigating the church. They think it will be so hard to understand when they first start out but when they realize it is all so simple they are truly amazed! It is all just common sense and love. I also do volunteer work in the community and I like to take on the jobs that others don't like to do so that they never feel threatened for position and I can act as a motivator for younger folks in the organizations. I always do what I say I am going to do so that people know they can count on me. I truly believe the Lord helps me to be able to work hard and keep my promises as I strive to serve others and become like my Savior.