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Hi I'm Linda

I am a wife and mother. I am grateful to be a Mormon!

About Me

I am a mom to two young children, ages 6 and 3. I enjoy reading, running, playing with my family, and learning new things. I have a degree in mechanical engineering but have chosen to be a full-time wife and mother. My husband and I both agreed that I would stay home to care for our children and live on his income alone because my role as mother is the most important job I can do.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager, I started wondering about the meaning of life. I found books and other materials about different churches. I even attend church activities with a Presbyterian friend. One day, I was watching TV and saw an ad for a free video called, "Our Heavenly Father's Plan". Something prompted me to call the 800-number to request the video. The missionaries came to my door a few weeks later to deliver the video. I invited the missionaries back to share with me their message, which touched my heart. The message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ answered all my questions and I was baptized a couple months later. Thus began my journey as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I was welcomed with open loving arms. I've met some wonderful people and friends in the LDS Church. I have grown personally and become a better person because of the principles of the gospel taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My faith has been an anchor when I have faced challenges such as job loss, health problems, and discouragement.

How I live my faith

I love being a part of an organization that focuses on reaching out to others and helping each other. As a youth, I attended early morning scripture study class and participated in service activities. I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and enjoyed the rigorous engineering program there. It was wonderful to associate with young people with the same values as me. As an adult, I have taught young children at church, organized activities for adult women, and led others in organizing activities for the congregation. Currently, I am working with the young women in our local congregation. I also regularly visit adult women to share burdens and give encouragement.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Attending church is the highlight of each Sunday for me. Church meetings typically last 3 hours. Visitors are always welcome. The first hour is usually Sacrament Meeting, when the whole congregation meets together. The second hour is Sunday School. The third hour women and men attend separate meetings. During the second and third hours, children and youth also attend classes for their age groups. The focus of these meetings and classes are on worshiping and learning about God and Jesus Christ. During Sacrament Meeting we partake of the sacred ordinance of the sacrament to remember Jesus Christ. Pieces of bread remind us of his body which was hung on the cross. The water represent his blood which was shed for us and help us remember that it is through his blood that we can be cleansed of our sins. After the administration of the sacrament which usually takes 10 - 15 minutes, speakers invited from the congregation present messages on topics related to gospel doctrine and principles such as faith, service, reverence, etc. Show more Show less