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Hi I'm Linda

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a Mormon all my life, raised in a small town in Northern Arizona by parents who came from pioneer heritage and crossed the plains under the most dire circumstances. My father was a local church leader and ran a hardware store. My mother was educated, served a mission as a single woman, to the Eastern States and lived the remainder of her life devoted to serving others, including, but not limited to her own family, which consisted of seven children. With that background, the atmosphere around the family home was always interesting. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provided the spiritual structure for our family to grow and develop. When it came time to start my own family, I married a young man who grew up as a Methodist, yet he converted to the LDS faith when he was 18 years old, served a mission to Eastern Canada, and came home searching for the girl of his dreams (his words). We have been married for 46 years. I was fortunate to have been a stay-at-home mom, not having to find work outside the home; a rare condition these days. I worked as a dental hygienist before having children, and assisted my husband in the many entrepreneurial efforts he became involved with over the years, including the hands on management of a fast food enterprise. Today, I serve as an ordinance worker in the Mesa Arizona Temple and support our five children and thirteen grandchildren as mother and grandmother.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ("Mormon") since being baptized by immersion at the age of eight years old. As a young girl, I knew from my home life that what we had was special. I couldn't wait to become a full-fledged member. I had the same problems as other girls my age who belonged to a different religion, but because of the way my parents cared for me and because of the teachings I received, I grew to believe that Heavenly Father would answer my prayers, maybe not always on my time schedule or with the results I wanted, but He did answer my prayers. I set some lofty goals early in my life, wanting to be a mother most of all. My church leaders encouraged me to gain an education and learn to think for myself, but to be receptive to God's spiritual promptings. I knew that when I was baptized and received the Gift of the Holy Ghost I could count on those special promptings for the rest of my time on earth, and beyond ... so I tried hard to keep God's commandments. But because I am imperfect, I often fail, yet God is right there to pick me up and forgive me if I will just ask. My decision to become a member of the Church was made over 54 years ago, but I still remember the significance of that event even now. This was just the first step of many I have made since then, toward learning how to become more Christlike in my thoughts and actions. But I have never regretted my decision to be baptized and I have never regretted the life I chose as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am happy that I know where I have come from, why I am here on earth, and what this earth life is preparing me for when I leave here. It all started when a little girl of eight years of age decided to be baptized.

How I live my faith

Living a Mormon life is not always easy, but it has certainly been worth it. When we were raising our children at home, Sunday was a busy time of the week. It is the Lords day, set aside for doing special things. We attend a three-hour worship block of time each Sunday, where we are being taught or teaching or assisting those who are teaching from the scriptures. We believe in Christ's teachings as contained in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon. We are encouraged to make Sunday a time for family, so we try not to schedule time away from home. We find things to do as a family such as reading, writing in journals and scrapbooking, and then go visit a friend, take a plate of cookies to one who might be ill that day ... or just enjoy some time to ourselves. I serve as a Visiting Teacher in our local Ward (congregation), to three other ladies. My assigned companion (another sister in the ward) and I visit these ladies each month and do what we can to serve them. I also teach young adults, in a ward congregation made up of only single young adults from 18-31 years of age, about how to prepare themselves for a temple marriage. I also serve as an Ordinance Worker in the temple each Friday and find it so fulfilling to be involved in such a great work. The spirit in the temple calms me and keeps me grounded as I face life's challenges which fall upon all God's children, no matter their belief or faith affiliation. My husband and I are planning to serve a full-time seniors mission one day, and have begun preparing ourselves for the time when we will be able to devote full time, serving together in some part of the country at our own expense. We love helping others and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the "Mormons") provides us an opportunity, not an obligation, to give of ourselves during a time in our life when most are retiring and enjoying the fruits of their many years of working. This is our choice and one we will gladly make.