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Hi I'm Linda H.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in northeast Tennessee. I'm a 2nd generation Mormon. My parents were converts and some of the first members of the Church in the area. My father was the branch president for many years. A branch president is equivalent to a pastor of a small congregation. We held a home Sunday School at our house during WWII. The Church was always important in our lives. I had a wonderful childhood, but my adult years have been hard. I am a 10 year survivor of cancer. It was a mountain I didn't feel I could climb, but the Lord carried me over that mountain by sending many angels in the form of ordinary people to help me. Unfortunately I have been married and divorced twice. I made many mistakes in my younger years. My youngest son is in the picture with me. We both forgave my 2nd husband who had many problems. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we were both able to forgive him and move on with our lives. He died tragically, and I hope he will find peace. I feel no bitterness towards him, nor does my son. To be able to truly forgive is a miracle. I feel no bitterness. I am free and at peace. Currently I am retired and live with my oldest son and his family in California. I help my son and daughter-in-law with my grandchildren. My son is not active and his wife is not a member. They are very good people. I try to set a good example. I am a singer and a writer. I write stories about my family, usually with Southern humor. It is my goal to do a story on each family member. Music is a big part of my life. I sing in Church choir, and solo in Church on Sundays and I sing Broadway and Jazz for Church parties. I also like to do crossword puzzles and do counted cross stitch embroidery. Both my parents, my brother, all my wonderful aunts and uncles are gone. I still have cousins I am close to but I miss my immediate family. I know I will be with them again. When life was so hard, there were times when I could feel my father's presence. I know our families are very interested in us and watching over us. I had a profoundly handicapped daughter who died when she was 24. Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ I know that she is with my parents and is now well and whole. I am very involved in researching my family. I am working with some of my cousins and each of us has taken a different branch of our family to concentrate on. It is both rewarding and a sometimes frustrating work.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in the Church, and I have always believed it was true, it wasn't until I was able to forgive my 2nd husband through the Atonement that I began to know our Savior in a personal way. The Savior has been there with me through the hard times in my life. I had read the Book of Mormon earlier in my life, but in the last 6 or 7 years I have studied the doctrines of the Church and read the Book of Mormon over and over and each time I read it, my conviction of it being the word of God has grown until I can say I know it is true. I am currently studying the Old Testament, and as I understand the symbolism and how it points to Christ, it has become exciting to understand the truths found in the Old Testament, and how it builds on my understanding of the New Testament. As I have studied the scriptures, my testimony has grown until I can say I know this is the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that He lives and because He lives I will live again with all of my family. He loves us individually and he knows our names. That is a great blessing to me. Life can be very hard, but I have always found help for my problems through our Savior and in staying close to the Church.

How I live my faith

I have held a number of callings in the Church throughout my life. In our women's organization called the Relief Society, I visit the women in our ward which is equivalent to a congregation. I was asked to visit a lady who was inactive in the Church. This work is inspired. Several ladies had tried to visit her and encourage her to come back to Church, but had been unsuccessful. When I met her we just clicked and now she is my friend and she is active again. I also visit a lady who is 90 and blind, and I have been able to help her with some of her problems. This reminds me of the parable of the lost sheep. We should never give up on trying to help those who are lost and looking for truth. It is rewarding to be able to help others. I have been activities chairman of our congregation. It sounds like fun to put parties together, but it is hard to organize a party for over 200 people. Our church does not have paid clergy and so we all go where we are needed. The beauty of it is that we grow and become more connected to church members. We also grow in our organizational skills and also learn more about how to live a Christ-like life. Through service, we help others and help ourselves in the bargain.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Linda H.
In many ways Mormon women are just like other women in the world. We like to shop. We like movies that make us cry. I love ice cream and chocolate. Now who can't relate to that. We love our children, worry about their welfare and are so proud of them when they do well. We struggle and we thrive. Life is about learning and growing, and we are all alike in many ways and we are unique in other ways. The Priesthood has been a great blessing in my life. We can all partake of the blessings of the Priesthood. I have received many wonderful blessings through the power of the Priesthood. I have been healed of major illnesses, including cancer. Our Heavenly Father is a God of order. Everyone has their special assignments. A righteous Priesthood holder's job is to lead the family with his wife by his side as an equal partner. If he is dictatorial, his power is diminished. The mother brings the children into the world, and the Father and Mother together as equal partners raise their children. Children need the unique gifts that women and men bring to the marriage. When done properly, there is harmony and peace. Every woman in the Church has many opportunities to grow and learn right along with the men. We preside in presidencies over our women's organizations. We speak and pray at the pulpit in our sacrament meetings or worship service. Through the Church, we have ample opportunities to reach our potential and enlarge on our talents. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Linda H.
In today's modern world there are so many ways available. If you have a friend who is a member they will direct you. At this site, you can make contact with missionaries or you can chat online. Also at this site and at the lds.org site as well, you can find a meetinghouse close to your area. Information regarding address and time of meetings is posted. Just show up for services. We will be so excited to introduce ourselves. The missionaries will teach you and guide you. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Linda H.
The Mormon Church began with a prayer by a 14 year old boy named Joseph Smith. He had a question and he took it to His Heavenly Father. "Which church should I join?" He was visited by the Father and the Son and they appointed him to be instrumental in bringing back the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. This occurred in 1820 in New York State. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Linda H.
The fulness of the gospel has been revealed to earth once again. Truths that were taught in ancient times, have been once more brought to earth. Through the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we learn that we lived with our Heavenly Father as His spirit children before we came to earth. There, we learned and grew. We receive bodies here to learn and to grow more. We are eternal beings. Our soul lives on after we die and through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we will one day be reunited with our bodies as they will become immortal. This earth life has a purpose. It would be truly tragic, if we went through our trials and gained all this experience, only to have it disappear after we die. You might say we are like a three act play. Our premortal life was Act I, our life here on earth is Act II. If we make good choices here on earth, we will have a happily ever after in Act III. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Linda H.
Eternal families are essential to Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness for us. In our premortal life, we shouted for joy when this plan was presented to us. Our Heavenly Father created us to be male and female so that we could bring His spirit children into the world. Happiness is best achieved when children are raised by his or her own father and mother who are legally and lawfully married and committed to each other. The Lord has given us explicit instructions that there will be no sexual conduct outside the boundaries of marriage. This law applies to all members of the Church. I am single and I am chaste. The Lord has not made us perfect. All of us have things to overcome. Some of us have trouble with anger. Others, struggle with issues like pride, or selfishness. Feelings which are not acted upon do not create problems. I can feel angry, but if I control it, I have done nothing wrong, and have helped myself to overcome something that is detrimental to me. Acting on impulses creates the problem. My heart goes out to people with same-sex tendencies. I know it it is very hard, but the Lord has promised us that He will help us if we turn to Him. That may sound simple, but I also know that He never said it would be easy, only that it would be worth it. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Linda H.
Christ set the example for all of us by being baptized Himself. He taught that baptism is essential for our salvation. Baptism is an ordinance that is performed by those having the proper authority or Priesthood. He taught that immersion is necessary. Symbolically, we are buried and as we come out of the baptismal waters we are born again. We are new. All our sins are washed away. At our baptism, we make covenants or promises to come unto Christ and to take upon ourselves His name. We take these covenants seriously. In order to become more like Him we must do our best to live His commandments and strive to be more like Him in every way. It is a process that will take our entire life by progressing line upon line, and step by step. It doesn't happen overnight, but baptism sets us on the right path to salvation. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Linda H.
The Book of Mormon is a record of God's dealings with His covenant people on the American Covenant. The holy Bible is a record of God's dealings with His covenant people at Jerusalem. It is also a 2nd witness of Jesus Christ. The Lord has said that out of the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses, He will reveal His word. The Book of Mormon compliments the Bible and helps us to better understand the Bible. Many good men did their very best to get God's word to His children. They did the best they could to translate the Bible, but it went through so many translations, that some parts are hard to understand or are missing. The Book of Mormon has been translated only once, and it has been translated by the power of God through His servant Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon helps us to understand the Bible better. Show more Show less

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

Linda H.
Absolutely. Our Heavenly Father loves us and he has organized us into families which consists of a mother and father and their children. I can't imagine that He would let us be here together on earth, only to be separated after we die. This earth is a probationary period, where we learn and we grow. Through the ordinances performed in the Temple, marriages are performed that are eternal. These marriages do not end when we die. We have assurances that we will live with our families forever. Heaven just wouldn't be heaven without our families. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Linda H.
Our Lord Jesus Christ. If we come unto Him, He will walk with us always. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Linda H.
Absolutely not. Polygamy was discontinued in 1890. Today, anyone practicing polygamy is excommunicated. There are splinter groups that have taken upon themselves our name, but they are not affiliated in any way with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Unfortunately this has caused a great deal of confusion. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Linda H.
Our Heavenly Father has given us a great opportunity to live and grow here on earth. He has given us the gift of our mortal bodies to house our spirit for we are literally the spirit children of our Heavenly Father. He loves each and everyone of us and wants us to do well. If we take care of our body, it will serve us well to help us grow spiritually. If we abuse our body, we will only reap misery. The Lord has a mission statement. "For this is my work and my glory, to bring to past, the immortality of man." Someday we will die, and then because of Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice, we will be reunited with our body. He expects us to take care of it. It is a gift from Him. Show more Show less