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Hi I'm Melinda Thompson

I am a wife, mother of 8, grandmother of 25. I am a do-it yourselfer and I love to do family history work.

About Me

I was born in Seattle WA but grew up in San Jose, CA, the third of six children. I love the ocean or any other beautiful body of water. I came to Utah at 18 years old, as a freshman at BYU where I met my husband. We got married the next April and spent most of the first year of our marriage in Texas before coming back to BYU. I have always loved children and always wanted to be a mother. We have raised 5 daughters and 3 sons in Utah. Our children and their spouses have served missions in Costa Rica, Seattle WA, Mexico, Hungary, Canada, Kennewick WA and England. Now I enjoy being a grandma! It is so fun to see my children raise their own children. They are awesome parents! I love to snuggle with my grandbabies and watch each of their personalities as they learn and grow. They all love each other and we get together often. We celebrate birthdays, go on walks in the neighborhood, go camping, visit nearby lakes to fish, play in the water and built sand castles on the beach. I bake my own natural yeast whole wheat bread, and love to crochet or sew baby blankets. I have built walls in my basement, put a roof on my house, tiled my bathroom floors and showers, and built a chicken coop! I would rather work-out by working hard to accomplish a task. Over the years, I have collected a few favorite quotes that I like to share... "I always take one day at a time, unless they all attack at once." "Don't trade what you want for eternity, for what you think you want today."

Why I am a Mormon

I have Mormon Roots! Many of my ancestors were early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My 2nd great grandmother Johanna left her homeland of Sweden, alone at just 18 years of age, to come to America, to marry a Mormon missionary she had previously met in Sweden. When she arrived in Utah, she got busy preserving apricots for a woman who sewed her wedding clothes and was married the next week. The life story that she wrote before she died, inspires me to be brave, to work hard and to learn all I can to make my contribution in this world. I love to learn about my ancestors. Knowing of their struggles, helps me to endure mine. Knowing of their faith in God, strengthens mine. Going to the temple often helps me to keep an eternal prospective and soothes my spirit. I know that we existed before we came to earth and I know that we will go on after this life. I have been taught by the spirit with feelings, dreams and sometimes actual words have formed in my mind. There have been a few times when my life has been saved by unseen angels who protected me. I am grateful to know the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is my Savior and the Light of the World! He is the one who marked the path and led the way back to our heavenly home. The older I get the more I am excited to actually see what will happen next. I will be happy to be reunited with my Savior, my grandparents and many other family members and friends.

How I live my faith

I have served in many leadership positions and I have taught the children, youth and adults of my congregation in Sunday meetings, weekday activities and Summer Girls Camp. I enjoy sharing my feelings and insights of the gospel at church, at home or in a natural setting. I appreciate the beautiful world that was prepared for us, to be our earthly home. Currently I am a family history consultant and I love it! I teach members of my congregation how to use the website: familysearch.org to trace and document their family tree. It seems like a giant human jigsaw puzzle that we are putting together piece by piece. I enjoy going to church to renew my baptismal covenants each week by partaking of the sacrament. The church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners. We all fall short and need the blessings of the atonement to progress in this life. I pray to show my gratitude for my many blessings. I pray to feel the love and comfort of my Heavenly Father. I pray for strength to bear my struggles. I pray on my knees, when I loose my keys, on my walks, in my car, in my mind whenever I want. I am grateful that I know that there is a God who loves us. He has a plan for us and that he will guide our footsteps along the path of happiness. Sometimes hard times come, but the knowledge and power that we receive along the way is worth it!