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Hi I'm Melinda

I am a daughter, an older sister, your best competition in the limbo, a chocolate peanut butter lover and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Utahn, born and raised, and I love it. I am the oldest of three in our household of five. My younger siblings used to copy everything I did. It used to bug me, but now I understand it's just because they love me and think I'm cool for some reason - so it's a compliment! Family is the most important thing to me and I love them a lot. I'm a lot like my parents, and like to think I got the best genes of both of them. haha. My mom's responsible-ness, and my dads chill-ness. It makes for a good combo. I still need to perfect it though. Life for me is about learning and growing. Everyday is an opportunity to improve on the last and come closer to becoming the person my Heavenly Father wants me to be. I love to be active, basketball is my passion. Being only 5'1" is not an excuse to not play; and niether is being a girl. Don't get me started; I'll play for hours. I have always loved school and learning. I started college and am studying business management, but I put that on hold for a bit for something more important - to serve the Lord as a missionary and preach his gospel and bring others the happiness it has brought me. I find happiness in lots of things. I like to make up words - and that comes from serving in south Texas for the past year as a missionary in the Spanish, English, and Tex-Mex languages. I love to run in the rain and eat all the chocolate I can get my hands on. And I love my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to be. But more importantly, because God wants me to be. It's not really about being "mormon," but about following Jesus Christ's example the best that we possibly can even though we are imperfect. I have prayed and asked my Heavenly Father which path he would like me to follow and I know that this is His path. Only in and through our Savior Jesus Christ can we make it back to our heavenly home with our Father. God has provided guidance for us in our journey here on earth and I am so grateful for that. The scriptures, the words of His prophets, and promptings of the Holy Ghost are what lead me. I know God has restored all of his gospel truths through a modern prophet, Joseph Smith. Because of the fulness of the gospel, I can have real happiness in this life and eternal life with my family in the world to come. That's why I'm a Mormon. Because that is what will get me back to live with my Father again. There is no other way. And I love it.

How I live my faith

Right now I have put my life on hold. Yes. I left college, friends, famliy, the only state I've ever lived in, and everything that was familiar to me to, come to South Texas to serve a mission for my Heavenly Father. As a representative of his son Jesus Christ, I preach His gospel to my brothers and sisters here in Texas. The life of a missionary is not easy, but oh..is it rewarding. Getting up early every day, working through the endless heat and humidity, and rejection, and opposition, and always being tired, pays off every time I become an answer to someone's prayers, see the light of the gospel change someone, and watch my brothers and sisters enter into the waters of baptism to start a new life as a follower of Christ. Anything I gave up for these short 18 months doesn't even matter. I try to be the best example I can and share what I have come to know with others so they too can feel the joy of the gospel.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Melinda
Well, if you really think about this question, and you think about the nature of God and how he loves us and wants us to be happy, it would only make sense that we should have our families with us forever, because they are the one thing that brings us the most happiness in this life. The world has lost this very important doctrine and settles for "till death do us part" or "as long as we both shall live." Is that something fun to look forward to when marrying the so-called "love of your life"? God does not want us to marry just for this short period of time we spend here on earth. He wants our family relationships to continue beyond this earth life. Just like God is forever existing, so can our familes be. When we are married in the temple, or the house of God, by someone who has God's power - as was restored in His true church - we can be united, or joined with our families for all of eternity. My family will be together in heaven and yours can be too. That is God's plan. Show more Show less