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Hi I'm Linda

I'm a wife, mother, and teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have brought up my family and now I work with gifted elementary school children. I like to read, sew, play the guitar and sing folk songs. I am interested in my family history, and I have lots of photos, artifacts, and records of my ancestors.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was a toddler. I grew up going to church and learning the gospel through the education programs of the church. I have always felt a sense of safety and belonging, and a deep sense of the "rightness" of the doctrines I have been taught. I was baptized a member of the church at age eight. As I became more mature, I consciously applied gospel teachings and found them to be sound. When I was attending college, I made a conscious, adult decision that I would continue to be a member of the church throughout my life. I looked around at my church friends and acquaintances, and I wanted to keep associating with these good people who lived clean, innocent lives of service. I have discovered that none of those people are without faults, but they are honestly striving to be their best, and doing so through true principles and real power. I want to cast my lot with those people, and be one of them. Although I have worked and volunteered with many good people, I have never yet found any other organization with which I can so unreservedly and completely identify, practice, and feel loyal to. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday, and some activities during the week also. Since I was fifteen years old, I have had a church responsibility, starting with teaching children in church classes. Throughout my life, I have worked with toddlers, children, youth, women, and adults. I am currently teaching a class of five-year-olds once a week about following Jesus Christ . Once per month another woman and I are responsible to visit with, and be of service to three other women in our congregation. I am sometimes asked to bring a meal to a new mother or a person who is sick, or to watch children for someone in need, or to help with children's church activities.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Linda
I do not worship Joseph Smith, but I feel a deep gratitude to him. He obeyed the Lord in all the things he was commanded to do. They were very difficult things, and they were important in the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. To me, Joseph Smith feels like a brother who sacrificed a lot to prepare an easier way for me. He is not Jesus Christ, whom I DO worship, but he obeyed Jesus Christ and emulated him. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Linda
My grandmother, who was not a Mormon, told me that she believed in God when she was a young person, but that her college professor told her that people created God out of fear. This turned her from her belief. I think this change made her feel sad and unconnected. I feel sad that she took the word of a college professor over the word of God himself. One thing that tells me there is a God is reading the scriptures. They explain the nature of God, through His works, His words, His mighty miracles, and the eyes of those who have witnessed those things. I feel the presence of God, when I am sad or lonely or afraid, as a watchful, aware and compassionate Father who loves me. I also feel the presence of God when I am happy, contented, or aware of some kind of beauty-- the beauty of a sunset or a flower, or an innocent child, or an adult who chooses to act out of kindness instead of selfishness. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Linda
Attending church on Sundays is a public worship service where we practice our faith. We can invite anyone to join us and feel the Spirit of the Lord there. We teach and are taught, we have fellowship, and we renew our baptismal covenants. The temple is a place dedicated to specific kinds of work reserved for members of the church in good standing. We may only enter at the recommendation of our local leaders, and for the purpose of either being married, or participating in ordinances that are sacred and which pertain to the eternal nature of our relationships. Show more Show less

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

Linda
I have never in my life been told by a church authority to belong to a specific political party. We are always encouraged to vote and participate in the political process. Show more Show less