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Hi I'm Linda

I grew up in the Old West. My kids grew up in the Old South. Now we're a global family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho, one of five children, with Mormon pioneer stock on my dad's side, and my mom the first member of the Church in her family. They were wonderful parents. We grew up happy. My husband and I met as missionaries in Naples, Italy in 1972, then met again at Brigham Young University. We have lived in Utah, Texas,and Tennessee. We are the parents of eight children. Our family is my greatest joy and my hardest work. Growing up happy did not fully prepare me for growing up, but being a wife, mother and grandmother is finishing the job. We are blessed with a wonderful son-in-law, five amazing daughters-in-law, and twenty grandchildren. After the children left home, I worked as a substitute teacher in the Memphis, TN, area. My favorite subjects were languages, English, and history. I loved working with all those great young people. My personal interests revolve around literature. I love to read and write, and even to watch good movies. Over the years I have written many things on a small scale. I am still writing. I hope some of my pieces have made a difference in other people's lives. After we retired in 2014, we began fulfilling a life's dream to serve as senior couple missionaries in the LDS Church. From August of that year to February of 2016, we served in the Italy Milan Mission, in the Prato/Florence area; as of August of 2016, we are serving in the Italy Rome Mission, in the Pozzuoli/Naples area. We have come full circle from where we met in 1972!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it is the way to accomplish what I have come to earth to do, as part of the great Plan of Happiness laid out by our Father in Heaven, with Jesus Christ the Redeemer at the center. I am a Mormon because from a child, that is how I was raised, and because over time, striving to apply the things I was taught, I came to develop my own personal relationship with God, through the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Time after time, often after having gone on in my own way and stumbled catastrophically, I have sought to apply the principles I have learned and found them to be rock solid; there has always been an answer, or comfort to keep on going. Everywhere I turn I see, hear and feel witnesses that The Church of Jesus Christ really is the Kingdom of God on the earth, complete with revelation from Heaven, and with authority to act and move this kingdom forward in His name. I am a Mormon because the Holy Spirit has sewn the truth of it into the very recesses of my soul every day and every year of my life. I am a Mormon because my progenitors built that foundation for me - as expressed in a poem by Vilate C. Raile : "They cut desire into short lengths And fed it to the hungry fires of courage. Long after when the fires had died, Molten gold gleamed in the ashes. They gathered it in bruised palms And handed it to their children And their children’s children forever." I feel the duty and privilege of fulfilling that charge. I am a Mormon because I have a testimony that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, sent to earth at this time to be the instrument in restoring the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth, and in handing to us the knowledge vital to the preparation for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I know that The Book of Mormon is true, and that we receive revelation through a prophet of God today. I am grateful for the inestimable gift of membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

Before we became full-time missionaries, I served in many different ways in the church, usually in a teaching position, but sometimes in leadership positions. I was also privileged to serve in the temple, as well as a "visiting teacher", which gave me a chance to get outside myself by reaching out, making sure specific sisters' needs were met. I grow to love the people I am privileged to serve. I have never "lobbied" for a calling; each one was what the Lord wanted me to do at the time, because He called me through his duly appointed leaders. Therefore, I know I can go to the Lord and receive specific help and guidance for the people He has called me to serve, including now as a full time missionary. During our first mission we worked mostly with the young single adults in our area of Italy. We sought to share our experiences and our testimonies in such a way that these marvelous young people might be strengthened and renewed in their focus on eternal values, in all the decisions they are called upon to make at that age. Here on our second mission, we are working more closely with the full time missionaries, seeking to strengthen the core in these two branches where we serve. We are deeply impressed with the missionaries, the members, and those who are learning more about the Church. I don't know who is the greater beneficiary! Yes I do - it's me. I strive to stay close to our children and granchildren, and to support them in their challenges and opportunities. We are very grateful for technology! I strive to take every occasion to stand as a witness of the things I know to be true. I look for opportunities to do good. I carefully study the Holy Scriptures and work to develop and keep a strong relationship with my Father in Heaven and His Son. I cannot live without prayer; there is no way I can know what is best for myself, our marriage, our family, or the others in my circle, without seeking and receiving divine guidance, that personal connection with my Father.