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Hi I'm Linda

I'm a grateful Mormon. It has made all the difference to me!

About Me

I am the wife to a terrific husband of 32 years. We have 5 lovely daughters & 1 son who died from a premature birth. Through marriage, we now have 3 awesome sons. We have 9 beautiful grandchildren- 5 of them Ethiopian. I love helping students connect with good books during the school year as their librarian. During the summer, I love to hike, camp, read & play. Eating fresh vegetables & raspberries out of our garden is great too, weeding not so much.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a wonderful Mormon home- one where prayers were said, scriptures read & close family ties. But I still had questions. Do I really belong to the true church? I had to become converted much the same as anyone else. My own testimony really grew when I moved away to college. A non member friend asked me how I knew for sure that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and not someone sent from the devil. I prayed about that- I wondered myself. As I was searching the scripture one day- my book opened to Jesus' teachings from the Sermon on the Mount Matt. 7: 16-20 "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringest forth good fruit but a corrupt tree bringest forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." That was my answer- I studied Joseph Smith's life and found for myself that the doctrines he taught were very good. And with each passing year, I have only had that testimony strengthened. The fruit of the gospel is very, very sweet.

How I live my faith

My faith is part of who I am- I know I can pray to my Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere and I often do- whether I am praising Him for our beautiful world while sitting next to a glacier lake or asking for His help. He is always there for me.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No and I am especially glad. I remember the June day in 1978 when our prophet, Spencer W Kimball declared that all worthy men of every race & color could receive the priesthood. I believe Heavenly Father's children from all generations past & present will have an opportunity to embrace or refuse the saving ordinances the priesthood provides. I believe Heavenly Father restored the priesthood at this time because it was His plan & timing. Having spent time in Ethiopia, we have enjoyed these humble, spiritual people. Since our daughter & son in law are now in the process of adopting 5 Ethiopian children of their own, we are particularly grateful that blacks now have this privilege. Show more Show less