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Hi I'm Linda S.

I am a mother, a neighbor, a geologist, a bassoonist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother to six boys and two girls. I am married to a great husband. I am a stay-at-home mother to young children. I graduated from college when my oldest child was nine months old. I enjoy playing the bassoon, volunteering at my children's schools, sewing, scrap booking, and baking. As a family we like going on nature walks, biking, and camping.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But as I study the scriptures, pray, and attend church meetings, my understanding and knowledge continue to grow and I feel the Holy Ghost confirm to me that the gospel is true. I don't know what I would do without the friends I make, the support of the Relief Society (the women's organization), or the Primary that helps to teach my children the gospel. The church helps me in every way to raise my family in a world of ever-changing values. Sometimes I feel discouraged, but the church lifts me up, strengthens me, and keeps me going. I know that Jesus Christ has restored His gospel to the Earth again, since the original church He organized was destroyed. I believe the Bible to be a record of God's people on the European Continent. And I believe the Book of Mormon to be a record of God's people on the two American Continents. Both books of holy scripture testify that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the Living God. I am thankful for a loving God that teaches His children how to live a happy life by keeping the commandments, and following His son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Some things I try to do on a daily basis is to read the scriptures and pray, both by myself, and as a family. Each week we attend church where we take the Sacrament, and strengthen each other in the Gospel. I try to love and serve my neighbors and friends. The bishop in each ward is responsible for assigning each member to do a job in the ward. In the past some of my "callings" have been to serve as a Sunday School teacher for the youth, a Primary teacher to the four-year-olds, a Cub Scout Committee chairperson, and a music leader.

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

Linda S.
The Church does NOT endorse political parties. It does encourage us to be politically active in our communities. I try to always be an informed voter, and to study all sides on an issue. I do my best to vote for candidates who I believe will best represent me and my values. I love this country. I value our freedoms. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Linda S.
Absolutely not! We help everyone we can. We are all God's children. As a friend or a neighbor, I'm always ready to lend a helping hand. Sometimes I help a neighbor who is moving, or babysit, or bring in a meal to someone who is sick or going through a hard time. I also donate money to disaster relief funds. I especially enjoy making blankets and baby clothes for those in need. I periodically volunteer my time to help repackage food for the community food bank at the church cannery. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Linda S.
I love that in Jesus Christ's restored gospel, nobody will argue or fight with you about religion. Members and missionaries will only teach and answer questions, politely and cheerfully. You are expected to study the gospel then ask God through prayer if what you are learning is true. If what you are learning is true, then the Holy Spirit will tell you in your heart and mind. You will feel happy and things will make sense. There is no confliction or confusion in true principles of the gospel. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Linda S.
We believe in keeping our bodies healthy through eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting plenty of sleep. We never want to be addicted to to anything. When we are healthy, we feel good, we have energy, we are happier, and our brains work better in school or at work. It's easier to work hard and play hard. It is essential for being the best mother I can be. When I am sleep deprived, and I don't get good food to eat, then I don't feel like myself. Most importantly, It is easier to feel the promptings of the Spirit on a daily basis. Some reasons it is important that the Spirit can communicate with us is so we can be taught truth, we can know of ways to help others, or we can be kept out of harm's way. If one was, for example, drunk, then it would be difficult to recognize those spiritual promptings. I am so thankful that Heavenly Father cares enough about us to teach us to be healthy. Show more Show less