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Hi I'm Linda Soper

I'm a Mormon. I was born in Colorado but have lived in Texas most of my life..it's a great place to be.

About Me

I am a single mom and have been for 29 years now....I have depended on the Lord and his blessings to get me through the years of raising a family on my own on a tiny budget. I know we are blessed because I have always paid tithing, so the Lord has always made sure we had a roof over our heads and food to eat. It was never steak but we ate, it was never the Hilton but we had clean beds to sleep in. I enjoy sewing and crafts. I started working when the girls were in school, I started college classes at the same time. I began subbing at the local school and went to classes in between. It has been hard to raise a family, go to school, and working all at the same time. I moved to Fredericksburg because of my parents. I know the sacrifice of being with my children instead of always being gone is worth being so poor.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 11 years old with my family. At first I was baptised simply because my folks did, they had visited many churches at that time. When I was baptised I shivered deeply because the Holy Ghost was witnessing to me of the truthfullness of the gospel. As I attended, all of my religious questions were being answered. The gospel fit...it made sense and felt right.. I have held firm to the church for I cannot fathom living my life, with its many problems, without the gospel. I know that Heavenly Father listens to our prayers and answers them. He blesses us much more than we realize. He blesses us through others as well. The church is very organized and runs efficiently. We have our own welfare system and take care of our own and expect all to work as well.

How I live my faith

The church is always very active in the community as well as being aware of its members. Within our own area we visit and call each other diligently making sure that all are doing well and attending to needs. In the community we do projects and help whenever we can. The church actively sends help to people around the world. As an example: we recently had wildfires in Bastrop...clothes, food, and supplies of all kinds went to help our neighbors who lost everything in the fire. As for myself...I direct music at church meetings( even though I cannot read music). I select music for the meetings as well. I also try to sing whenever given the opportunity, choir or special numbers. I have been the leader for different organizations..teach lessons...order church literature for others and worked with the youth for many years. Serving in the church has helped me to grow and mature into a better person.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Linda Soper
The world is full of uncertainties. We are losing track of the important things in life. Being self reliant is an important factor in our lives. You cannot have good self esteem if you must constantly depend on others for your needs. Working gives us a sense of self worth and of being needed. It makes you feel good about yourself. It feels good to be able to help others. If everyone worked toward being self reliant the world would be a much happier place....maybe even no poor among us at all. It is important to be prepared for emergencies...gosh..look at what is happening here in the United States... fires in Texas and California...flooding along the mississippi...storms along the east coast. With emergency supplies at hand you can last several days until help arrives...and hopefully it does come. When has it ever hurt to be prepared for anything? Show more Show less