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Hi I'm Melinda

I'm a daughter, sister, niece, aunt, I live with a disability and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single 40-year old woman living in southern Indiana. I love listening to all types of music, different crafts, reading, being outside in the summer as much as I can, spending time at Church, fulfilling my callings, and spending time in scripture study and prayer.

Why I am a Mormon

In a way this is easy to explain and in a way it's hard. The part that is easy is that it just makes sense to me. It explained to me where I came from, where I'm going, and helped me to see that those who pass from this life are not "lost" forever. There are so many things I have learned from the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. For me, it makes everything fit together. No one has ALL the answers to all the questions in the world, but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has more than any other. The parts that are hard to explain, many things have to be experienced by each individual in their own way.

How I live my faith

I currently help in an administrative capacity for the women's group in our ward. I keep track of the history throughout the year, and I help with helping Sunday meetings run a little more smoothly by preparing newsletters, and Opening Exercise sheets so they have an easier time conducting the meeting. I also help with coordinating the Ward Calendar for monthly events, I am a Visiting Teacher and I try to help out during Ward activities as much as I can. I enjoy giving talks whenever asked because it gives me a chance to share something I have learned and it helps me to grow and progress. I also do my best to help others and show Christ's love to those around me. I also read my scriptures and spend time in prayer daily

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Melinda
That's a good question. I think alot of it has to do with tradition, because for many people their parents, or grandparents and great grandparents, on down the line have not given themselves a chance to honestly listen to the message of the Restoration, they assume because it's not what they are used to, then it must be a cult, or "from the devil". It also has to do with Satan. He will do anything and everything he can until the end of time to deceive people into calling good evil and evil, good. I think it also has alot to do that other religions understand the Bible very differently because of erroneous translations and the traditions of men. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Melinda
When Christ was crucified, He appeared to the people in the American continent and set up His Church here just like He did in Jerusalem. Knowing what would be done to the Holy Bible through the centuries, He realized the need for a more accurate record of His dealings with His people. The Book of Mormon is literally 'Another Testament of Jesus Christ'. Just like the Bible talks about His ministry in Jerusalem and of other people in that region, The Book of Mormon talks about Christ's ministry in the Americas and the people who lived here during that time period. It explains doctrine that unfortunately was either removed or left out of the Bible. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Melinda
As a member, I have heard this quite a bit. Only it's put in more of a statement than it is a question. Some people are convinced that we worship Joseph Smith. This could be that they don't understand his role in the Restoration of the Gospel. But I can honestly, and truthfully say that No we do not worship Joseph Smith. We do honor him for his role in Heavenly Father's plan to restore His Gospel to the earth. And we honor him for being the first Prophet in this dispensation. We worship Heavenly Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Melinda
This is probably the most talked about subject regarding Mormons I have ever heard. No, the Church does not practice nor in any way advocate polygamy. So much so, that when members are found to be secretly practicing it, they are excommunicated. It hasn't been practiced by Church members for over 100 years. Still, there will always be those, especially in the media, who will associate the Church with polygamy and different polygamous sects. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Melinda
We do regard the Bible as scripture and we do believe in it as far as it is translated correctly. Over the centuries men, whether knowingly or unknowingly, have made errors in the translations leaving much of the original text out. We refer to those things left out as "plain and precious". Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Melinda
Our prophet on the earth today is President Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Melinda
This is one of my favorite topics, if not my favorite, because the Temple is my favorite place in the whole world to spend time. Many people have passed through this life to the other side without ever having had the privilege of hearing the message of the Gospel. Sadly, other religions taught for centuries, and still do, that those people are "lost" or doomed to spend eternity in a fiery hell. That is not the case. Because of ordinances such as proxy baptisms (baptisms for the dead), receiving endowments and being sealed to one's spouse and family for time and all eternity, there is hope beyond the veil. The Temple is where we believe the Spirit of God dwells. It is the most peaceful, sacred place on the earth. Show more Show less