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Hi I'm Linda

I grew up in Utah, the second daughter of nine children. I am a wife, mother of six, a runner, and a musician. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah, the second daughter of nine children. I attended BYU where I met and married my husband. While still a student, I gave birth to my first child, and was blessed with the opportunity to juggle class work and motherhood enough to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, immediately after which I became a stay-at-home mom. After graduation, our family moved to Houston, Texas, where I gave birth to our second child, a son who was immediately diagnosed with a Type B Strep infection. We nearly lost him the first night, however thanks to many blessings and prayers, he survived. After 3 years, we were transferred to Oklahoma City, where we had our third child. It was also there that my husband decided that he wanted to attend law school. He applied and was accepted to Georgetown Law Center. We sold our home, our car and almost everything we possessed, loaded up a u-haul and set out for the East Coast. We spent 11 wonderful years in the DC area, struggling our way through school, finding a job, and having three more children. We transferred to the Atlanta area 6 years ago. Our oldest daughter recently returned from serving a mission in Thailand. Our oldest son is now serving in the Cape Verde Islands, near West Africa. My interests include: music, reading and running. I play the piano and violin. I am a marathon runner and will run in the Boston Marathon this April. My Heavenly Father has truly blessed me throughout my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Growing up that way, sometimes it is easy to take our way of life for granted. However, as a young adult, I truly wanted to find out for myself whether or not the church is true. I began to spend some serious time in reflection, pondering and asking whether or not the church is true. Though I did not receive an amazing manifestation all at once, I was able to find out "line upon line, precept upon precept" that the church is true and it has been a stabilizing influence for me throughout my life. I have read the Book of Mormon many times, and each time it has been reaffirmed to me that the book is truly another Testament of Jesus Christ and was brought forth through His power. Today, I can confidently say that I am a Mormon, because I believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the Earth through the prophet Joseph Smith and that it is the same organization that existed when Christ was here upon the Earth. I believe that our Heavenly Father has blessed us today with prophets, just like he did in ancient times, that can lead us and guide us according to His will. I believe that the Book of Mormon was truly given to us for our day and translated according to His will and through His power. It does not replace the Bible, but further enhances its teachings and makes the gospel message clear to us. I believe that we have a reason for being here on Earth and that there is a plan for each of our lives. I believe that families can be eternal through our Heavenly Father’s plan. I believe that if we will remain faithful and follow our Savior, we are able to enter the "House of the Lord", make sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father that will lead us back home to Him and make eternal families possible. I believe that I will be able to be with my husband, children, parents and brothers and sisters, in eternity. It is because I believe in these things, that I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life every day in the way that Jesus would have me. I do not do everything right, but I try very hard to do what I feel that He would do. I try to read my scriptures every day. Sometimes it is hard to get it in with all the other demands on my time, but I am trying to make it a priority in my life. When I read my scriptures, I feel that my life and problems are more clear and things fall into perspective. I also try to attend the temple regularly. The temple is the “House of the Lord.” Because it has been dedicated to Him and His work, it is one of the most peaceful places on the Earth. It is only there that I can put aside all of my worries and try to understand God’s will for me. I attend church every Sunday with my family. As I partake of the sacrament, I feel the spirit of our Heavenly Father, and can feel the cleansing power of the atonement as I try to repent of my sins. I am the leader of our women’s organization in the church in our area. Because of this, I have many chances each week to reach out to the women and their families in this area. I have been blessed to be able to provide food from the church for members whose families are without work. I have been able to coordinate meals brought in to families where a family member has undergone surgery, or had a baby or undergone some kind of stress. Currently we have two members of our ward who are struggling with cancer, and I am helping to coordinate efforts to support them in their fights. I have blessed to be able to lift and strengthen women who are struggling emotionally, physically or spiritually. This work has taken and continues to take much of my free time, but has been so rewarding to me. By serving, I am truly able to feel the Savior’s love for me and those that I serve. This is His work, and I have been very blessed to be a part of it.