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Hi I'm Alinda Sue

I've been married for 29 years and together we've had 6 children. I love music, languages, and learning new things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and mother but not a grandmother - yet. With five daughters ranging in age from 14 to 25, it is only a matter of time. For right now though, the girls are all in school and enjoying it. Between them they are studying four different languages: Japanese, Spanish, French, and German. It's fun to work with them in their studies because it gives me a chance to learn - or refresh in the case of Japanese and Spanish - vocabulary in those languages. Learning should never be confined to just a school building. That's what I've tried to instill in my children. Our house is filled with books, reference materials, and various musical instruments. Although I don't play any instruments well, they've always been there for the children to play with. Now, evenings in our house are filled with impromptue jam sessions and harmonious singing. Even my son participates. Although he is the oldest, at age 27, he has a very limited vocabulary due to a severe developmental delay and autistic behaviors. He's good at keeping tune, even if he doesn't get the words right, and keeping rythm on his drum or the guitar we bought him (because he kept "tuning" mine.) He loves to sing songs from the radio and hymns in church. Overall, we are a fairly tight knit family. To me "family" means sharing our lives together through the good and the not so good. We come out stronger in the end.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm told that as a baby I had been baptised Presbyterian, but I remember attending several different churches with my mom when I was little. When I was about the age that most LDS children choose to be baptised (about 8 or 9), I started taking an interest in the Bible on my own and started walking up to a local Presbyterian church with my younger siblings. I became active in their youth programs and in Sunday School as I read the Bible - but there were some things I was learning at church that just didn't seem to match what I was reading in the Bible: the nature of God, why there were no more prophets, etc. As an Osmond fan (it was the '70s after all), I had heard about Mormons but didn't know anything about the church. It wasn't until I had a friend in junior high who was involved in the church that I learned a little more. One day, a short time after I saw her in a play that her church put on, we were discussing what are plans were for that evening. She told me that she was going out on "splits" with missionaries. For whatever reason that I still don't know, I said to her "I'll be home." She came that night with one of the sister missionaries, and I found what that missionary had to say matched those things that I had been seeing in the Bible. I understood the feelings of the prophet, Joseph Smith, and could feel the truth that God (Heavenly Father, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost) spoke to other people in other parts of the world, as recorded in the Book of Mormon. After praying to know the truth, I knew for a surity that God does talk to prophets today. That Jesus truly is alive and standing on the right hand of His Father. That Jesus suffered in Gethsemani and suffered death by crusifiction so that we all may break the bonds of death and have the chance to return to the presense of our Father in Heaven. It's been 34 years since I entered the waters of baptism at age 14, but my testimony of the truths I learned that year has done nothing but grow stronger.

How I live my faith

Being LDS is more than just going to church; it is a way of life. It affects our choices in the foods we eat, the clothes we wear (modesty being the rule here), and how we interact with people. We attend our meetings on Sunday and we often meet during the week to learn and to serve. We are all responsible for checking on the welfare of all the members of our "ward" - and for reaching out and serving the community as well. We try to make our home a small piece of Heaven on earth. We are not always 100% successful, but the important thing is that we continue to try, growing stronger as a family with the continued attempt. Sometimes, it's just the little things: taking the time each night to pray and read a little from the Scriptures together as a family (We're currently working our way through the Book of Mormon.) or discussing what family members learned at church or in Seminary. It's remembering the concepts repentance and forgiveness that Jesus taught us in our daily interactions. We take our whole families to church. It's been said that an LDS sacrament meeting can be a little "loud" - just as I imagine the scene was when Jesus said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me..." Not too long ago, my children were the babies occasionally crawling between the seats. Even now, when my son with his autistic behaviors can be heard saying "I be quiet" at full volume, he is accepted at church because we've been told that children should to be taught to be reverant when they come to the meetings, but the important thing is that they come. I know he's 27, but he is still a child... as perhaps we all are. We are all children of our Heavenly Father.