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Hi I'm Linda

I work in a library, have five grown children, really do like chocolate a lot, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm a wife, mother and grandmother. I work in a University library, and I love to read light things like juvenile and young-adult literature. I enjoy traveling. I really like to spend time with my family and we have fun playing games together. Sometimes we like to call ourselves "word nerds" because we like word games such as Boggle and Quiddler or Scrabble, among others. Most of the travel we do is to visit our children and grandkids or other family who don't live nearby. My husband and I have recently become "empty-nesters" and are enjoying our time together--but we mostly love it when our children and others come to visit us!  

Why I am a Mormon

Because I'm a Mormon, I have a greater idea of the direction of where my life should be going. I have a hard time imagining what it would be like if I didn't know that there had been a life before this one, and that there will be a life after this one. What would be the purpose of it all??? Knowing that we all have a Savior in Jesus Christ gives me purpose and direction as I try to follow his example in the way I live and in the way I treat other people.  I hope I can do the things I'm supposed to do, but because I'm a Mormon I know I don't HAVE to be perfect every day--I just have to try. We can all try, every day. I like to think that if more people did that--tried to be good--what a better world it would be. I know I'm not perfect. Neither is anyone else. But we should still try. Every day. It's a process, and I feel like I'm in good company with the best leader of all--our Savior, Jesus Christ. He loves us all and wants us to follow him.

How I live my faith

 I teach a class of 7 year-olds who will turn 8 during the coming year. At eight, we believe that children are old enough to be accountable and make decisions, and so they can be baptized into the Church. What an awesome responsibility, to help these adorable and, yes, sometimes rambunctious, wiggly, talkative and noisy 7 and 8 year olds, learn about the Gospel and prepare for baptism! They are all so excited about it and that helps me to remember what a blessing it is to make choices that can lead us back to our Heavenly Father and Jesus. We all have our agency. What a wonderful blessing! I've gone to one of their baptisms so far this year and am so looking forward to being there to see each of them, surrounded by supportive family and church members, being baptized into the Church. It will be a memorable day. I know my baptism day was. 

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

 Mormon women come in all varieties! Some are single, some married, some widowed, divorced. Some are full-time Moms, many have careers, too. Some are politicians or athletes. But ALL are important and yes, very much equal to men. Different, but equal. Men and women are important to each other and important to our Heavenly Father's plan. Our responsibilities are different than that of the men's in the Church, but are similar at the same time. Women AND men hold leadership positions both teach classes. Both have responsibilities outside the home to "Visit Teach" or "Home Teach", which is a way we have of watching out for the members in our congregation. Both men and women have vital roles within the family unit to help their families return to our Heavenly Father. I believe women are very special to our Heavenly Father and that we have vital roles to play in the plan of salvation. Show more Show less