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Hi I'm Linda

I'm a wife, the mother of 8, grandmother of 24, great grandmother of one, and I'm a Mormon. I love my life!

About Me

I grew up an "Army Brat"---living in many places, and eventually meeting the man of my dreams when I worked for the U. S. Army. He seemed different than most of the young men I knew, and when I, living in Bible-Belt territory asked him if he liked to dance, he replied "Linda, the Mormons are the most fun-loving, game loving people in the world!" I was crest-fallen. I'd finally met a man I felt I could look up to and was now afraid he'd tell me he didn't believe in Jesus Christ. I believed in Jesus, but I had been taught many things about God that confused me and I'd been searching for answers for nearly ten years. I exclaimed: "Mormons! I've never heard of you." He said "Well, the real name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." "I still never heard of you, and I've studied religions. Where did you come from?" I replied and he handed me the Joseph Smith Story. That conversation was the beginning of a journey that has forever changed my life. In the process, not only did I discover my Heavenly Father, I found out He knew I was here, and the difference it made in my life has been and continues to be profound.

Why I am a Mormon

As nearly everyone has, I'd been through some very difficult circumstances in my life, and at the time of my introduction to this young man, I felt God, whoever and whatever he was, had deserted me. In the process of meeting with the Mormon Missionaries and being taught about Heavenly Father and His plan of happiness for His children, I was asked to pray. I politely refused. One of the Elders said quietly, "Isn't there anything in this world you are thankful for?" and I burst into tears. In that moment I suddenly realized I'd been the one who'd left Heavenly Father and despite all that, He now had brought into my life a man who loved me unconditionally and if he could do that, then maybe there was a God who loved me too. But more importantly, He brought the Elders into my life to teach me about the Church. Finding myself alone, I finally found the courage to kneel and begin to pray about what the missIonaries had been teaching me, but as I did so, I realized I hardly had lived what I thought I believed, let alone the higher standards I'd seen the Mormons lived and believed. I was up against that wall---the wall where you realize how much you need the Savior, how much you can't get from here to there without Him and His atoning sacrifice for us. It was in that experience that I came to know not only was Heavenly Father there but that He knew I was here and that what the Elders had been teaching me was true---and I KNEW it was true! That knowledge has changed, enriched and continues to bless my life and the lives of my family. It has helped us raise our children, face life challenges with optimism and faith, and given us the assurance that our marriage and family can achieve happiness here on earth, and that our marriage and family can last forever!

How I live my faith

Since 1969 when I became a member of the Church, I've had the blessing of serving in the woman's auxiliary called Relief Society in various capacities, teaching in Sunday School, and as coordinator of the program where women pair up and visit a few of the sisters in our congregation each month. For the last twenty years I've been writing to members who for one reason or another are not able to attend and as I have studied and prayed, the Lord has blessed me with messages of hope and love to share with them. As I have done so, it has allowed me to feel of the love Heavenly Father has for all of His children.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was restored to the earth as promised in the Holy Bible through the calling of a Prophet. As a young boy in the early 1800s raised in a family where reading the Bible was a normal occurrance, Joseph Smith had been taught to read it. At that time in his area of New Englad many great revivals were ongoing and different ministers were holding meetings, which Joseph and family attended. The many faiths differed among themselves causing Joseph to question and turn to the Bible for answers. As he did so, he came across the passage in James 1:5 that tells us "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." Joseph took that advice to heart and actually prayed expecting an answer and in response, God, the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. Over time and other visitations of heavenly beings, Joseph was commanded to organize the Church, and did so on April 6, 1830 in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tithing is a commandment as old as the Bible, and one that comes with a promise that the windows of heaven will be open to us as we pay our tithing. I have personally experienced blessings, including the birth of a child because of the blessing of paying tithing. See Malachi 3: 10-11  Show more Show less