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Hi I'm Linda

I live in Hawaii, am happily married , the mother of 7 children, and I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Registered Nurse and loved working in the birthing field. We couldn't get pregnant and finally had the chance to adopt our children, each as newborns, through adoption. We were so very grateful to each of the birthmothers who so lovingly and unselfishly placeing their children in our family. I made the decision to give up my career, be a full time Mommy, and devote my life to our children and family. By the way, after 17 years of infertility, I gave birth to a baby,too!. We raised the kids in the country home schooling, riding horses,milking goats, and loving all the fresh fruits and veges. All of this was possible because I have a great husband who works very hard in the building field. We make a strong and united team because of our deep love for each other and other devotion to the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

My husband and I met in a California nightclub, he playing in the rock 'n roll band. We had been together for six years and had moved to Washington when we were introduced to the Mormon church through a wonderful missionary named Larry. He and Pete taught us the 'discussions' and within two weeks we chose to be baptized on Valentine's day. During the discussions we felt so warm and good inside as we heard about Heavenly Father's love and plan for us. My husband was especially touched to hear about our 'eternal progression'. That made so much sense to him. He was intrigued with all they were teaching us and read a lot of the Book of Mormon. They actually lovingly called him the 'sponge'! I will never forget the first time, during one of the discussions with the missionaries, when we all knelt, while my husband said his first verbal prayer. I fell in love all over again! I never had thought about how important it was to me to have a strong, spiritual husband until that moment. Since that time, our marriage and family has always been subtly, deeply, and profoundly guided by our Lord, Jesus Christ. We were lucky that our oldest child was only one when we joined the Church, so our whole family life has been Christ centered. I feel so very blessed to have started our family life and marriage on the 'right track'. I know, beyond any doubt, that God lives and that His son, Jesus Christ is my Savior. I am so incredibly grateful to Jesus for His suffering and sacrifice that He did so that I have a chance to repent and continue all my life to work towards returning to Heavenly Father when I leave this earth. I couldn't do it without Jesus Christ! I am so deeply thankful for the blessing of our whole family being sealed for time and all eternity in one of the Lord's Temples. My faith and testimony mean everything to me and is the basis of my whole life!

How I live my faith

My husband works with a lot of college students at a nearby college so I am very involved with that too. We love helping, supporting, and just being friends with young people as they start out in the world on their own. They are so full of energy and fresh perspectives of the world.

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?

Linda
Because we have children from all different ethnic backgrounds, this is an important issue to me. One of my sons is African-American and other children are American Indian, Samoan, Filipino, etc. My children been members their whole lives (they are all grown up now) and my boys hold the Priesthood, just like any other young man in the Mormon church. There are absolutely no restrictions in the Mormon Church based on race or color. I so proud of my African-American son who is serving a mission in Minnesota! Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Linda
The people of today have so many vices and temptations to face and deal with. Being in a strong, stable, and loving family is, by far, the best environment for each of us as we make our way through our lives. The Mormon Church knows this and teaches that through the love and nurture of a family, children grow up with the best chance to be wholesome, kind, giving people. Show more Show less