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Hi I'm Linda

I'm an African-born, MD-raised, BYU graduate. I work full-time in D.C. while studying for my M.A in Int'l Relations. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised 12 years of my life in Cameroon, which is located in Central Africa. I came to this country at the age of 12 with my sister, joining our mom who works at the Embassy of Cameroon; I went to high school and college in the States. I graduated from Brigham Young University two years ago and I'm working full-time while pursuing a Master's in International Relations. My passion is Africa and everything it entails: my theory is that if we work with each of the African governments, enriching, developing and strengthening them, then it'll trickle down to the people; it HAS to. A people is only as corrupt as its state. All the aid in the world will be for naught if we are not giving them, us, the tools we need to sustain ourselves. When I'm not trying to save my beautiful continent, I enjoy basketball, soccer, reading, exploring my world with friends, dancing and singing off-key.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints a few months after coming to this country; my mom had already joined it. I learned about the Law of Chastity--no sex before marriage-- and the Word of Wisdom: no drinking, no smoking, no caffeine-- check! It was never a problem with adjusting to these commandments because I was brought up in a home where we didn't practice any of that. I did not grow a full testimony of the gospel until after my freshman year at BYU: it had been a ridiculously tough year, and I was placed in a tough situation where I started questioning my place at that school and in this Church. But I grew up in a home where scripture studying and praying was the norm, so I kept at it; I kept going to church, I questioned and slowly but surely I got my answers. I never had a lightning-bolt moment where I suddenly knew the Church was true, but my testimony grew as I kept doing the little things: praying, scripture studying, accepting callings at church, and finally bearing my testimony. A true testimony, where I knew, just as I know now that Joseph Smith had really restored the gospel in our dispensation, and just as he had faith that Heavenly Father would answer his prayer that fateful morning, I had faith that Heavenly Father would, can, and does always pull through for me. And He did. I KNOW that this church is true, I KNOW that Thomas S Monson is a prophet of God, and I KNOW that Jesus Christ lives.

How I live my faith

I am currently a member of the welcoming committee at church. I feel very strongly about this calling and what we do because I was once new in this ward as well: it is a big and transitory ward, it's very easy to get lost or feel unwanted or unneeded. We give these new members--just baptized or new to the D.C. area- a tour if you will of how our ward functions, the best ways to get involved in it and in the city. I do not kid myself in thinking that it's enough, but I hope it helps them just a little to know that they have friends in us, in me. I live my faith by striving to be honest in all of my dealings with others; I do not broadcast that I'm a Mormon, but I never shy from introducing myself to others, letting them know where I went to school and why. I like to think I'm a social person, I enjoy going out like any young person in the city, but I do not drink or smoke; I try to stay true to myself.