What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Linda Suzanne

I like people. I like learning. I like to to have fun! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to sing, play the piano, teach, draw, play basketball, read, and dance. I'm married and my husband and I have four sons and two daughters ranging in age from 7 - 20. The oldest two are in college and our youngest just started first grade. I used to teach school and I also used to repair computers before taking on the home full-time. I graduated from college in Early Childhood Education which covers K-6. I was a missionary for eighteen months in Hong Kong and speak Cantonese. I was born in the northeast U.S. and claim the Washington D.C. area as home, though I moved to the South years ago and enjoy it here also.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Mormon Church, there comes a time where you have to make a decision for yourself what you believe. I remember as a 15 year old putting the The Book of Mormon to its test and I knew for myself that it was true. I also remember rethinking it as I prepared to leave as a full-time missionary when I was 21---did I really believe this??? I did. I also have thought of it since as I teach my children--does it really matter & is it true? It is. The standards as outlined in the "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet are amazing to me at the protection they provide from avoidable sorrow. Sometimes I think commandments can be looked at as restrictions, but someone pointed out to me years ago that they are the "known outcomes" and are such a blessing because most decisions we make in life we do not immediately know what the outcome will be. On these most important things, the Lord doesn't leave those things to chance for us--kind of like the "informed choice" documents. The Gospel teaches my children who they are and has guided our parenting and should take credit for the many good decisions our kids have made over the years. The Bible teaches about the Church that Christ organized while on the earth with apostles and prophets--the Mormon Church is organized in this manner. I am appreciative for access to Scriptures. I know understanding that we have a Heavenly Father who is aware and interested and adores each of us and who answers our prayers -- it brings a peace that has helped me carry on when life has been extremely hard. I don't have all the answers and I'm not perfect, but I know Who to turn to for help.  

How I live my faith

I hope as I interact with others they are left with love & encouragement to keep trying. At home I think is the most important place to be patient, kind, and to serve. I try hard to treat my family members the way I want to be treated--they actually are a lot of fun, so it's not a difficult task. I volunteer at my kids' schools. I've coached basketball at a local Baptist church's basketball ministry for five seasons. For the last year and a half at Church I was the music leader for the children 18 months - 11 years old each Sunday. This was one of the highlights of my week because kids come with joy and laughter. It was a lot of fun! Just recently I accepted a call to oversee the work of the sisters in our congregation. There are just over 150 women in our congregation. I also by assignment visit the homes of three of the women in my congregation at least monthly and assist them as needed--every woman in our Church has two women assigned to watch over her.