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Hi I'm Linda

I grew up in Southern California, but I now live in Washington. I am a wife, a mother, a college instructor, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I feel a deep affinity for my culture and for my family. While both my parents are American, my mother is also Lebanese. Her father immigrated from Lebanon to the U.S. alone when he was only 15, while her mother settled in Ohio when she was a young child. My father's ancestors trekked across the plains with the Mormon pioneers to help settle in Payson, Utah. I love my heritage and feel grateful for the traditions of my grandparents. I love to prepare Lebanese meals and to have food-centered gatherings with friends and family. My father's mother set beautiful tables filled with delicious sweets and treats. These traditions continue to help me feel a closeness with my sweet grandparents and my parents. I learned in my early years that gathering with friends and neighbors helps me to feel happy and connected. I try to create a similar connection in my classroom as I get to meet students from all over the world. Meeting these young students has made my life more interesting and fun. I believe that connecting with others is not accidental. These days you will find that I am busy with working at the college and spending time with my family. I have a wonderful husband, three terrific sons, and recently we added a beautiful daughter in-law. We also have a mischievous German short-haired Labrador pup named Rocky. We like to ride roller coasters and spend time outdoors. We love to laugh and go to concerts. I am happiest when I am with family--my present family and my past.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that I have a literal Heavenly Father who loves me and all of His children very much. I know that the purpose of this life is for me to grow and to learn how to become more like my heavenly parents. Heavenly Father did not send me to earth without a plan to return to His presence. I know that there is a plan for all of us and that this plan is the key to eternal happiness. I know that Jesus Christ is the key person in Heavenly Father's plan and that if I follow in His footsteps I will be able to have all the blessings that my Heavenly Father wants to give to me. I believe that Heavenly Father has not left me uninformed. He has provided me with tools such as the Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, and other modern scriptures to help me understand His plan. I also believe that we have a living prophet on the earth today and that through this prophet Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ continue to communicate with us to provide us with guidance and help as we need it. All I have to do is choose whether or not to listen and to act.  

How I live my faith

I am not perfect, but I do love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I have a great desire to feel close to them each day. It can be hard on some days. I have a temper and I am often impatient, especially when I am driving. Just ask my children and husband! But, I love the idea that I can repent and restart with each new day. This plan of happiness, or Plan of Salvation, gives me great hope to keep moving forward, in spite of my mistakes or messes. My faith in Christ and in Heavenly Father's plan is what keeps me going, even when things are hard. I feel closest to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ when I am serving others. For this reason it is easy for me to accept positions in the Church and in our community, but these callings or positions are not always easy for me to accomplish. Once I served as a Sunbeam teacher. This means I taught 3 and 4 year olds! You can imagine that this college teacher had to make some adjustments! What a bundle of energy and joy little children can be. I have also served in the Young Women's organization, the Relief Society, Cub-Scouts, Primary, and Sunday School. Currently, I am teaching an adult Sunday school class called Gospel Doctrine and we are studying the Book of Mormon. I also serve as a visiting teacher. Each month I have the privilege of visiting a few women in their homes or sometimes at the local Dairy Queen to share with them a spiritual message and to listen to how their lives are going. I enjoy these visits so much because these women often become dear friends. The more I serve, the more opportunities I have had to ask the Lord for help and direction. Heavenly Father listens and has helped me to grow.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Heavenly Father's plan includes giving righteous men the priesthood so that they can perform the necessary ordinances and ceremonies essential to completing this journey here on earth. Women also have key roles in Heavenly Father's plan. Mormon women often have leadership positions in the Church particularly in the areas of providing for the spiritual and physical welfare for other families, teaching youth and children, and in supporting the priesthood leaders as they perform their responsibilities. Women are a powerful influence in this world whether it is as community leaders, mothers, business leaders or in less conspicuous social ways such as in families, neighborhoods and in the home. I do not feel undervalued or marginalized because I do not have the priesthood. My role is simply different, yet equally as important. Heavenly Father requires both men and women to serve in His Church. It has been this way since the beginning. Show more Show less