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Hi I'm Linda

I was born in the UK, raised in Tasmania the small island at the bottom of Australia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and my husband is also a Mormon. Between us we have 10 children, 9 of whom are grown up, and none of them still active Mormons. I have 3 sons (2 married, 1 with 2 children of his own) and a daughter who has cerebral palsy; my husband has 4 sons and 2 daughters (2 in long term relationships but not married). The age range is 14 to 37 years. I am employed as the manager of a not-for-profit community centre in my town but have previously worked as a manager in an in-home and community care service, managed a bakery/cafe, worked as a Law Clerk and TV production assistant. I have done a lot of theatre productions as stage manager but now get my creative satisfaction from scrapbooking, quilting, making cards and painting.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was a child and I was baptised at age 8 years However, our family moved to a different town and my parents stopped going to church. In my mid-20's, I was married and had a child and was contacted by church members. My husband joined the church and we went on to have 3 more children and all 4 were raised in the church. However, my husband became disenchanted and wanted to do other things which conflicted with church attendance and we stopped attending. After several years I felt the need to return to active membership. My marriage subsequently ended but I continued going to church and participating fully. I have never looked back. After 13 years of single parenting, I married a man who was an answer to prayer. He was not an active church member at the time but had been. I knew he would return to full activity in the church because I had prayed for a relationship with someone who was righteous and would be beside me for eternity, and my prayer was answered. During those challenging years as a single parent my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ grew stronger than it had ever been. It is said that a testimony isn't a testimony with the 'test' - I know without a shadow of doubt that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and the joy and blessings which come from successfully facing and overcoming challenges in life are very real. My testimony is very important to me as it gives me knowledge of where I came from before I was born and where I am going after I die, why we suffer and have difficulties (or why bad things happen to good people) and an eternal perspective on this mortal life. It gives me strength, purpose and direction. Why am I a Mormon? Because I know that the Book of Mormon is true and is a second witness of the Holy Bible. Knowing that fact I cannot live my life contrary to the teachings contained in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. This gives me great joy and peace.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon I have a calling (or job) within the church and at the moment that job is to look after the spiritual and temporal welfare of all the women over 18 years old in our area. Jesus Christ taught that when you serve others you are seving Him. I try to be a good example of the Gospel as I serve in my calling, work and participate in community activities. I truly believe that if you have a testimony of Jesus Christ you need to live as He taught at all times and I try to do that. I am certainly not 'perfect' but I try to live as a witness of Christ at all times.

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the power and authority of God on the earth. I am truly grateful that my husband holds the priesthood of God and uses it to bless me and our lives. He is able to give me healing blessings when I am sick, and bless me with strength when I am weak. Show more Show less