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Hi I'm Linda

I'm a wife, a mother to 5 great kids, a sister, a daughter and a friend. I teach Early Morning Seminary and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to the man of my dreams for 23 years and we are the parents of 5 great kids. I grew up an "Air Force Brat" and between that and my husband's career, I've moved my home more times than I can count. These experiences have helped me to be very outgoing and friendly. I've been so fortunate to live in diverse places and make friends all over this great country and world. My formative years were spent in a small town in Central California, where I was active in the 4-H home economics program. It was there I learned to sew up a storm and make my blue ribbon lemon bars. I graduated with a degree in Family Science from BYU. All those skills have helped me greatly in raising my family. I take great joy in being a mother and while raising them, I've had several home-based businesses that have focused on helping people preserve their memories and document the stories in their lives. I love storytelling and preserving family history. I'm also active in the local schools, I'm a soccer and lacrosse mom and I serve in my church. Currently, I'm teaching Early Morning Seminary at 6am M-F to the local Mormon teens before they go to High School. I'm always working on ways to become a better teacher, as I have found all teaching skills are used in every aspect of my life. Finding a balance is a challenge, but I find that being actively engaged in good things and having my priorities straight keep me and my family running smoothly.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon all my life and my ancestry goes back to the first group of Mormon pioneers who crossed the plains from Illinois to Utah. However I, like each and every individual, has had to find out for myself of the truthfulness of the gospel. As much as I love the scriptures and am becoming more and more familiar with them as I teach them to my seminary students, my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ really comes from simple observation. I call it "the proof is in the pudding" approach. When you understand WHO you are, WHY you're here, and WHERE you're going, it just makes life more peaceful and joyful. All of us will have struggles and challenges and some experience tremendous pain in this life, but those I"ve observed who put God and our Savior FIRST in their lives and who are truly trying to live the Gospel fully seem to get through those trials well, have peace in their lives, and find happiness in spite of their trials. It just works! I have also found that my faith and the structure of the LDS church has helped me so much in raising my 5 children. The emphasis on family, the sound and practical doctrines, and even the amazing people we get to associate with have been so valuable and helpful to me as a parent. The sense of peace and community I feel each week in church is something that "re-charges" me and helps me find that sometimes elusive balance in today's fast-paced and somewhat impersonal world. I'm so grateful for my Savior and I've felt on so many occasions that He truly knows my name and is there for me. I've had so many prayers answered and because of my faith, I've always found the comfort I've needed in times of trial. I love my faith. I love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

Currently, I am a volunteer teacher for the Early Morning Seminary class for the High School students. This means getting up at 5am and teaching every weekday morning at 6am. I've always been a "night owl", so it is a huge challenge for me, but I LOVE it! The fact that sleep-deprived teens get up and go to a religious class that early in the morning truly amazes me. I LOVE working with the youth and learning right along with them. They inspire me and teach me so much. Each year, we study something different: Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Church History. Seminary is sort an "inoculation" against all the bad stuff they have to see in the halls of High School each day. It gets them awake, ready to learn, and reminds them who they truly are. Our youth today are bombarded with so many conflicting messages, negative language, immorality, and confusion, that they really need a daily dose of the good stuff to be able to deal with it in a constructive way. I am grateful for a church that gives us opportunities to serve in various capacities. We're asked to serve in ways in which sometimes we don't feel very qualified. But I've learned that when I have served with a willing heart (even with a little fear of the unknown), that the Lord has qualified me and helped me learn the necessary skills to be successful at whatever task I've been asked to do. It is through serving others that my faith, my capabilities and my confidence have increased. I also rely on my faith daily, as a parent. Raising five children is a challenge and I know that my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ are very aware of me and my children. There are so many times that I have prayed for parenting answers and wisdom has come to me out of the blue. I'm so grateful for a loving family and the knowledge that we will be together forever. That knowledge makes me work harder each day to keep my priorities straight and make sure my family knows that they are loved.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Linda
Having the influence of the Holy Ghost regularly in my life has always been such a blessing...one I try not to take for granted. I have relied upon it greatly as a parent. The Holy Ghost, also called the Spirit, has often whispered to my soul answers that I desperately needed....and always at just the right moment. I have been warned many times of things I would've had no way of knowing. For example, I have a son with Type 1 Diabetes. There were many nights I'd be nervous about something happening to him at about him slipping into a diabetic coma and not knowing. I learned to pray that I could get a good night's rest and if there was something I needed to know, I'd be alerted. I can't tell you how many nights I'd be awakened out of a deep sleep by the Spirit and I'd go find my son with dangerously low blood sugars. The Spirit has been a great protection to my children over the years when I couldn't possibly be everywhere and know everything. I have also had the Spirit warn me of danger and give me great comfort, even when alone. The Spirit has testified to me of truth and has helped me recognize error and lies. The Spirit is sensitive and, therefore, we need to live our lives in a way that the Spirit can be present. That means that I have to be careful of what I allow in my home in regards to media and environment. The presence of the Holy Ghost is something I can tangibly feel in my home...when it is there and when it isn't. I definitely prefer it to be there. Show more Show less