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Hi I'm Linda King

I'm a Mormon. I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and founder of a non-profit whose focus is to end domestic and dating violence.

About Me

My husband, John and I married in 1980. It was a second marriage for both of us. We put two families together and there were difficult times and we had some losses. Two of my step-children were killed before 1995 and in 2001, I lost my daughter, Lisa, to an act of domestic violence. It was this loss that caused me to step forward. With quiet assertiveness, and a calm, yet passionate voice, I began to speak out against Domestic Violence. A voice that clearly defined Domestic Violence, told of the warning signs, explained what victims, their families, and community members could do to protect those being abused and make abusers accountable. Beginning in 2002, while serving on the Board of Directors for MADD and the Coalition for the Homeless, in El Paso, Texas, she started speaking to thousands of high school and middle school students about dating and domestic violence. Then Commanding Officers at Fort Bliss had her speak to the soldiers stationed there. UTEP (the University of Texas at El Paso) asked me to be the keynote speaker for their "Take Back the Night" program. I enjoy speaking to various Law Enforcement organizations and training volunteers for the Center Against Family Violence in El Paso. We travel with our three plays that address domestic and dating violence. Now John and I make Arizona our home, and enjoy being close to our children and grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

When John and I began dating, I was a member of the Church of Christ and was raised with a strong foundation for living the teachings of the Bible. My parents taught me basic gospel principles. John was a Mormon and I knew little to nothing about the LDS Church - mostly what I had heard was that they were a little weird. When John and I fell in love and determined that we wanted to spend our lives together, he told me that his religion was very important to him. He told me that he knew a little about what I believed and could not embrace it and would I be interested in looking at his beliefs. I told him I would not reject something that I knew nothing about. I did tell him that I was not interest wasted in a religion that was only a Sunday religion. He assured me that that was not the case with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I began meeting with the missionaries and while the teachings seemed very familiar to me there was much more to this religion that I had anticipated. It was a way of life, a chance in attitude and a family-focused religion that I knew would make me a better wife, mother and person.

How I live my faith

Because there are opportunities for members to be active participants in the church programs, I have been able to learn outstanding skills that will serve me well for the rest of my life. My favorite calling (assignment) has been in Public Affairs. I have served in this calling off and on for 13 years - it is the best calling EVER. I get to work with community organizations and city government to do service projects and help net work and organizations activities to benefit the less fortunate and downtrodden men, women and children. My church has given me countless opportunities to step out of my comfort zone and search for those in our community who need the resources that I have learned are available. Recently, the volunteer department of the City of Mesa asked if I could help find volunteers for the Arizona Celebration of Freedom event. Through effective coordination and networking, we were able to provide about 280 volunteers for this year’s event. The reward is seeing the volunteers report back that they had a wonderful experience and want to serve again and again. Because all members have opportunities to do public speaking in church, this has served me well as I go out and speak to hundreds of groups on a weekly basis about domestic and dating violence and healthy relationships. My experiences in the church have helped me to grow as a person and increase my professional talents as well. My faith in Jesus Christ has been my rock while dealing with the loss of three adult children and I know where they are and that I will see them again.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Linda King
In my calling for the Church I serve in Public Affairs. It is my pleasure to help many organizations that have no association with the Mormons, except to learn that they are concerned about their community and want to help wherever possible. We seek out opportunities to help through donating food, clothing, time, manpower. I recently was priviledged to meet with a small church pastor from another religion. Their church was having a baby shower for about 200 low income new mothers in our community. The church was able to donate $500 worth diapers to help benefit that worthy cause. We often donate $500 worth of food to shelters on an annual basis. I can definitely say - Mormons help all . . . not just their own. Show more Show less