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Hi I'm Linda

I grew up in Los Angeles. I love life, learning, road trips, geneology, sewing. I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Washington State with my husband and youngest daughter. We have a son, and his family in Utah and a daughter in Arizona. Our other children live near us. When we married I had 5 children and my husband had 1, then together we had 1 daughter for a total of 7 children. Two are married, and we've got 9 grandchildren. They are each a blessing to us and we love spending time with them. I grew up in Los Angeles which is where I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 20. As a teenager in the Hippie era, much social change was happening. Since my dad and I lived on Los Feliz Blvd when I was in High School, we enjoyed watching these young people and listening to their ideas as they paraded by to the Griffith Park Love-ins. After awhile though I began to notice an emptiness or hollowness in their lives and ideas and also in my own life. In Hollywood near my home, were groups from many Eastern and Western religions handing out pamphlets. One Christian group would even give tickets for a seat on their bus to kids who needed a place to eat and sleep, as there were many runaway kids coming to Hollywood. Not having been raised with much with religion, I became interested and would read the materials handed to me. I began attending over time, many different churches.

Why I am a Mormon

There were wonderful people doing many wonderful things for others in all of the churches I attended. Although on a social level this was marvelous to me, I craved something spiritually deeper that none of them had. I was determined to find a religion that would answer my spiritual longing with authority and not with different answers depending on the religion or to whom in the congregation I happened to be speaking. I became discouraged but remained interested and would always accept an invitation to visit a church. While attending UCLA I worked part time at a "Fotomat" booth. Two young men my age began dropping off booklets for the afternoon girl. They seemed very dedicated wearing suits and ties in 100+ degree weather. One day I decided to read their pamphlets. I had never heard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or Joseph Smith before. I had known some "Mormon" kids in school before I had begun looking into religion myself. Imagine my surprise when I started getting straightforward and understandable answers to my basic spiritual questions for the first time. As I realized this I was overcome with a feeling of comfort, recognition or of coming home. I now know this was the light of Christ or the Holy Spirit confirming my own feelings. I just knew then, with absolutely no doubt, at that moment, that this was the church I had looked for. When the other girl came to work, I told her about the continued feeling of warmth I had while reading the pamphlets. She told me she had had a similar experience, was taking lessons from these missionaries and that I could join her if I wanted. I found the missionaries to be patient, kind and knowledgeable in answering our questions about the Bible and religious doctrine and felt that same positive confirmation during every meeting. This girl and I became friends and room mates. We were both baptized that summer and are both still happily and actively involved in the church.

How I live my faith

Through the teachings of the church I've found an incredible source of definition, understanding, and happiness about why we are here on this earth and where we go after our physical death. As members we are encouraged to read, study, think things through and pray for our own individual answers to whatever questions we might have. I appreciate that I don't have to rely on anybody else or their opinion or interpretation for answers to my own study and yet I have never found anything to conflict with my own answers within the gospel or church, just a continued desire to learn more. In the church I have been privileged to work with children, teenagers and women over the years. I currently volunteer in the oldest continuous women's organization in the U.S. known as the Relief Society of the church, founded in 1842. I serve in my local Relief Society Stake Presidency and here we assist hundreds of women and families in our community and in our church through classes, service, and humanitarian efforts. The Relief Society is active throughout the world wherever the church exists. I would like to add that I have also been on the receiving end of this teaching, love and service which has sustained me and my family during difficulties we have had. Although my husband and I have had struggles, including losing our business because of the recent economy, we have found greater peace, happiness and security in focusing on living the teachings of Christ. It has amazed us how much time we wasted worrying about worldly things only to discover firsthand that when our priorities are focused on Him, everything else falls into place-even if not as we had thought they would. I am happier now than I have ever been because I have a deep well of strength in Jesus Christ and His teachings. I know that whatever happens in the world Christ will always be there to guide us if we are sincerely doing our best to follow Him.