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Hi I'm Linda

I'm a Mormon & a school teacher. I read a lot, tat, knit, sew, cook, hike, & I love to take long country road drives.

About Me

Well, I wear several hats--Mom, Grandma, Wife, Sister, Daughter, Teacher (school librarian by profession), geneologist, and friend. I am the eldest of 3 daughters, mother to 4 children, and grandmother to 7 children. My husband and I will be married for 39 years (by 2012). I commute 2 hours a day for my elementary teaching position in rural Montana. My favorite time of the year is actually all year round. I love seeing and experiencing each season (especially winter). Our median income is lower middle class, we have a home, 4 cars (2 being driven by 2 of our daughters), and work at keeping our yard looking neat and clean. I have just completed my Masters of Library Science. My husband and family helped me through surviving sepsis (where the body shuts down before death). I love reading, learning new facts, going for long drives, being active in church, and visiting our grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was growing up in another town in Montana, I was being raised by a single mother with 3 little girls and we were active in a Lutheran church. In middle school, my mother remarried and we all moved to Dillon, where the family attended a Baptist church. The differences between the two churches were astounding to me at that time. While in middle school, I was kicked out of Sunday School on several occasions. for asking questions that the teacher was unable to answer. These questions that bothered me were: A. In Revelations 7:4, the scripture mentions 144,000 which was not fully explained. I felt that there were over the thousands of years so many really wonderful people that should go to heaven, that why should I try to be good, as so many more were better than I could ever be. B. I was upset with the concept that if little children and babies died, that they would not go to heaven since they were not baptized. C. I was also upset that there were so many millions of people who have lived on earth that have not hear of Jesus Christ and it was explained that they would all go to hell because they had not been baptized. D. Also upsetting was that anyone who was not a member of that particular Baptist group (Southern), they would also go to hell, even though they may belong to another Christian church. All of these assertions seemed so opposite of a kind and loving God (which I now refer to as Father in Heaven). They were confusing and frustrating and equally confusing and frustrating for the teacher of those classes. When I read the Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, and then started reading the Old Testament again, everything fell into place. My questions were answered. I have never regretted becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I have a strong testimony of the gospel truths.

How I live my faith

My husband and I are very active in the Church. We are the ones that others can always know that we will be there on Sunday's or at other times that we have committed to. Over the years I have been a long time Primary teacher (children ages 3-12), Nursery teacher (young children ages 18 months to 3 years), Primary pianist, ward organist, Stake organist, Relief Society President (and counselor for another president), and Relief Society teacher (adult women's organization). Currently I am Relief Society pianist, Visiting Teacher (I visit with 5 different women each month to try and help them both spiritually and temporally), and fill in ward organist. I love going to Church each week and believe that it is may own personal advocacy session to be a better person as I go through the week. Weekly partaking of the sacrament is one of the most sacred blessings that we have to remind us of our commitments we have made and to know that Heavenly Father loves us, he gave His only Begotten Son. Going to church regularly, reading the scriptures and praying several times a day provides the basis for the growth and sustaining of my testimony. Serving others brings joy and growth of love for them (especially my family). I am not perfect, but I am a good person actively striving to be a better person each and every day. My goal is to hear the Savior tell me "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" when I pass on to life after death.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

This church offers answers to many questions that are either ignored by other organizations or incomplete answers are given. The basic questions of who are we, where did we come from, why are we here and what happens after death are provided within scriptures and teachings. Life here has a specific purpose for everyone and death is not to be feared. Families are the basic units of society. Within the church, the importance of families are stressed and supported within all programs of the Church. Heavenly Father's gospel is a gospel of love for all people. Show more Show less