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Hi I'm Linda

I'm a convert to the Church, a retired HR Manager, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I wasn't born a Mormon. The Missionaries knocked on our door 40 plus years ago. We didn't know much about the Church, only that there was a beautiful Mormon choir. The Elders seemed really nice, but when they started talking about a young boy (Joseph Smith) who saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ standing in mid air . . . well, that was pretty far out. They asked if we would read the Book of Mormon. I agreed saying, "Sure I'll read your silly book, and I'll tell you everything that's wrong with it." The Missionaries just smiled . . . I think they sort of grinned . . . and said that would be fine. Dave and I were baptized about two months later, and we've never regretted it.

Why I am a Mormon

My first remembrance of attending the Mormon Church was meeting so many happy, friendly people. It was easy to make new friends because everyone was genuinely interested in getting to know us and wanting us to come and be part of everything that was going on. Every Sunday we learned new things, and the questions we had were easily answered -- everything we learned made us happy. There is always lots to do at Church, but being involved teaches you how to live the gospel, become a better teacher yourself, share your talents, and learn to serve others.

How I live my faith

Living your faith is easy if you understand that Heavenly Father loves all His children and wants us to have joy in our lives. Then you know if you follow His commandments, you will be happy. Commandments aren't given to control us; they are given to help us make choices that will bring us joy. The gospel gives my life perspective. Life is more than what we do today. It is what we did before we came to earth, what we choose to do while we are here, and what we will be able to do when this life is over. To help us make righteous choices in this life today we have the love of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, we have the Holy Ghost to verify truth, the scriptures to teach us, and words of today's Prophets to guide us.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Linda
Because Heavenly Father loves all His children, it would be a tragedy if our ancestors, who never had an opportunity in their life times to hear the gospel, were denied the blessings we enjoy simply because they were born in a time when the gospel was not available to them. Through my genealogy work I have been able to find more than1500 members of my family and perform vicariously their baptisms and other Temple ordinances. One of my sisters, a non-member, was concerned that I was having our ancestors baptized into the Mormon Church. I assured her that even in the next life all of Heavenly Father's children enjoy the right to choose for themselves. All may accept or reject the ordinances that have been performed in their behalf. Performing baptisms for the dead is another service we can give to our family members. Show more Show less