Hi I'm Linda H.
I'm a Mormon.
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.