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Hi I'm Linda

I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a semi-retired school teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of eight children, and was raised by parents who were members of the Church. I grew up in a small town, but had opportunities to take piano lessons, experience success in 4-H, and participate in high school activities. My youth and young adult years were busy with school, church, 4-H activities, and babysitting siblings. I attended BYU after graduating from high school, and earned a degree in Home Economics Education. I returned to my hometown after graduating from BYU and began working for the Cooperative Extension Service. During this time, I met my husband, who was a student at the local college, and we were married in the Salt Lake Temple. After my husband graduated with his degree in Science Education, we moved to Eastern Colorado, where we both were offered teaching positions in a small school. We taught there for two years, then had an opportunity to move to a larger community. I taught middle school and high school home economics (now called Family and Consumer Sciences) in the same school for 30 years. I retired two years ago, but was asked to come back to teach two classes this fall, so am back in the classroom on a part-time basis. My husband and I were never able to have biological children, but did have the opportunity to adopt a son and a daughter. They are now adults, and each have a child. So I have a lovely granddaughter and a handsome grandson.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family - the oldest of eight children. I honestly cannot remember ever having doubts about the truthfulness of the Gospel. Both of my parents had callings in the Church, and they lived the Gospel principles. They loved each other, and set a wonderful example for my siblings and me to follow. The first talk I remember giving was about Joseph Smith's first vision - I was about 8 years old. As I told that story, I knew, even at that young age, that the story was true. I was blessed with good friends who were also LDS, good seminary teachers throughout my high school years, and the opportunity to attend BYU after high school. My testimony solidified at BYU. I was given the privilege of studying the scriptures in a whole new way, of applying Gospel principles to my academic studies, and of sitting in devotionals, listening to Church leaders give counsel and guidance. Those experiences gave me so much strength! My faith was never really tested until after I was married and realized that I would probably never have children. Being a mother was all I had ever wanted to do! Teaching school provided a way for me to nurture and influence young people, so that helped. Eventually, my husband and I were able to adopt two children. While they have made choices that have brought sorrow and heartache to me, they have also added joy and hope to my life. The Church and it's teaching bring hope and joy - that is what I love about it. As I have dealt with disappointments, the death of my parents, and life in general, I have been able to see a "bigger picture" and keep a positive outlook because I know that Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father love me and my family, and want what is best for us. They have provided a way for us to be an eternal family. I have great hope and faith in that principle. Because of my faith, I can face the challenges that lie ahead with confidence that, whatever happens, I will be OK.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being kind and patient with others. I have tried to see each student I teach as a son or daughter of God, and have made an effort to treat them with respect. I try to do the same with the other teachers in my building. I work at staying positive and happy, so that others can feel that I have joy in my life. I have worked with the children's program and the youth program in our Church. I am currently serving as the President of Relief Society - the organization for adult women in our Church. Service in the Church has given me opportunities to develop talents I did not know I had, and to meet and work with people I would not have otherwise gotten to know. My husband and I work in the Denver, CO temple one day a week. That is a marvelous blessing in our lives! The best way I feel I can live my faith is to be of service, to show compassion and understanding, to be honest and have integrity, and to be positive and straighforward when someone asks me about my beliefs. I want to be the kind of example to others that my parents were to me.