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Hi I'm Linda

I grew up near Washington, D.C., and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full-time homemaker. I love genealogy, puzzles, and creating things like cards, digital scrapbook layouts, and quilts. I like to work with teenagers and enjoy having my home filled with young adults. I like old-fashioned things like bottling peaches and going for walks. My goals are to build my faith, strengthen my family, and serve others.

Why I am a Mormon

Focusing my life on Jesus Christ makes me happy. I grew up being taught the principles of the gospel by my mother and felt as a child that they were true. Ever since, I've tried to model my life on Jesus Christ. As I have followed His commandments, I have found peace and happiness. I have suffered from clinical depression at times, but I have learned that working with Jesus Christ to overcome my difficulties brings me a sense of balance and accomplishment. I am grateful God hears and answers prayers and blesses me with the Holy Ghost to guide my daily path.

How I live my faith

Because being a Mormon is a way of life, most everything I do is a manifestation of my faith. I like to serve others. I have enjoyed serving in school when my children were young and volunteering at the library. I enjoy bringing meals into the sick and giving members rides to the doctor or other appointments. I try to smile and show little kindnesses to people when I'm out. It takes so little to make someone feel like the world is a nice place to be. Because of this, I also like to send cards to remember birthdays or special occasions in the life of the people around me other than my family. Currently, I am part of the church's family history team who are digitizing microfilmed genealogical records. This will make it easier for family history researchers to find their ancestors. You can learn more about this at www.familysearchindexing.org. I do this every day and it brings me a lot of satisfaction. I also enjoy working with the young women in our church who are between 12 and 18. We have weekly activities that include everything from sports to etiquette lessons to value training to parties to service projects. I enjoy helping the girls plan and execute these things. I also help them plan and set goals. I love it! They are so sweet. Finally, I like the private ways of worshiping that others may not see. I enjoy reading my scriptures every day alone and with my family. I enjoy family prayer and family activities. I like uplifting music and especially enjoy hearing my daughter play the piano. I especially enjoy private worship with my husband when we have the opportunity to read together and go to church and the temple together to worship Jesus Christ.

In whom should we have faith?

Linda
We should have faith in God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. God is truly our Father. He has a wonderful plan for us to enjoy all the blessings possible. I have faith in Jesus Christ who gave His life and atoned for our sins, so we can be resurrected and cleansed from our sins and return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. I have faith that trusting in Him can help me overcome my weaknesses and sins. I have faith in the Holy Ghost who whispers guidance to me for my personal life and testifies of truth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Linda
Definitely not. We believe that all the people of the world are brothers and sisters all are spirit children of God our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Linda
Most definitely! God has always talked to His children both personally and through prophets. We are blessed to be able to have the record of these revelations in the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon, and other sacred texts. Show more Show less

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?

Linda
Women lead alongside men in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In a congregation ward of the church, there is a man serving as a bishop over the ward and a woman serving as the president of the woman's auxiliary the Relief Society. They are an indispensable team, working together to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the members of the ward. Further women lead the children's auxiliary. They also lead the young women of the church. In the home and throughout the church, men and women work side by side to administer the gospel. Men hold the priesthood to serve the members of the church. Women, although not ordained to the priesthood, also serve the members of the church. We believe that God's plan is for men and women to serve others. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Linda
They will tell you about Jesus Christ and His role in your life. They will show you how following Him can bring you happiness. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Linda
Yes. The Holy Ghost has whispered to my heart that it really happened. I'm grateful for the record we have that shows that Jesus loves all the people of the world--not just the people who lived in Israel in ancient times. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Linda
No. We revere him as a prophet. Through him, the Lord was able to restore his true gospel to the earth. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Linda
Jesus Christ chooses him through his current apostles on the earth. A man is first called to be a member of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles. At this point, he has already had experience as a local leader in the church. As an apostle, he serves for many years, testifying of Christ, traveling the world to bless the lives of people everywhere, and learning about church government. The senior apostle the one who has served the longest becomes the new prophet when the old one dies. This ensures that the man with the most experience serving the Lord leads the church. It is a great system. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Linda
A testimony is a feeling about God, the scriptures, the prophets, the church, that comes from studying, praying, and receiving a witness of the Holy Ghost. The witness is so strong that it becomes a knowledge. For example, my testimony is that God lives and Jesus is the Savior of the world and that He lives. I know the scriptures--the Bible and the Book of Mormon--are the word of God. I know that Joseph Smith was God's prophet to restore His true church to the earth. I know we have a prophet today in President Thomas S. Monson and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's church on the earth today. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Linda
Tithing is the way the Lord fund's His church. It is used to build and maintain churches, print scriptures, and support missionary work. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Linda
No. We believe God honors our right to choose. He does not tell us how to vote, etc. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Linda
This law is for everyone--men, women, teenagers. It means no sexual relations before marriage and fidelity to your partner after marriage. It means no touching of the private, sacred parts of your body except with your husband or wife in marriage. It is a high standard in today's world, but it is one that ensures true intimacy and oneness in marriage and a pure wellspring from which children can be brought into the world. Show more Show less