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Hi I'm Linda

I'm a mom, grandma, and wife. I love to cook, four-wheel drive, and fix up my house. I was adopted at birth and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Oakland CA but adopted by a wonderful couple in Santa Rosa. My birth mother found me when I was 35. It was a wonderful experience. I was blessed to know her for 10 years before she passed away. I later moved to Arizona in 1994. I am a mom of four, three boys and a girl and step-mother of three boys. All are grown now, we love the grandchildren to come and visit. I love to drive my 4-wheel drive off road and see what's around the next bend and to go camping with my husband in our old Siesta trailer. We especially like to explore Colorado and southern Utah. I love to cook for family and friends. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving when everyone comes and we thank the Lord for our blessings and eat too much. I make a pretty good Cranberry-Pecan Pie. I have worked as a bookkeeper for most of my working years but my favorite job was as a draftsman. I love designing, especially kitchens. I recently started sewing again. Started when I was 12 because I got tired of the old fashioned clothes my mother made for me. Got tied up raising kids and running businesses so kind of fell away for a long time. Found it's like riding a bicycle, the fingers don't forget. I have been married three times. I always say the first was youthful innocence, the second was pure stupidity and the the third time is a charm. We have been married for 23 years. The hardest part was being a stepmother. Raising each others teenagers was very challenging. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ saved us.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Catholic and was a practicing Catholic when I was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints. My former husband was an inactive member when we married so I did not think it would be an issue. Our marriage had many ups and downs. During our third separation in five years he once again said that he wanted to come back, that this time things would be different because he had gone back to church and wanted me to go too. I often tell people that I was drug kicking and screaming in the back door. Not really. I met many wonderful people there. Because I had lived in the area for twenty years I knew several already, a girl I had always respected for her beliefs during high school and a neighbor I used to babysit for. As I learned about these people and saw how they interacted in their families and heard the testimonies of how the church was important to them, I wanted what they had. It took me a year of attending church, visiting with the missioinaries, getting to know what these strange beliefs were, to know that I wanted to stay. One day I was sitting in Relief Society, our organization for the women of the church, that the Holy Spirit overcame me. I KNEW that this is where I needed to be, I KNEW that this is what I needed to learn in order to raise my children to be the kind of people I thought they should be. I KNEW that no matter what happened with my rocky marriage that this was where I needed to be. A week later I finished up the missionary discussions and was baptised. I received a beautiful blessing and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Four months later my husband got itchy feet again and left. But he left me a stronger, more faithful, hope filled woman. When I prayed it was in gratitude for all my Heavenly Father had blessed me with. Healthy children, a house to live in, a job that enabled me to support my family and a church full of people that loved me, and knowledge of my Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. I didn't need anything more.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. I told the missionaries when I was investigating the church that I was as much Catholic as I was woman. I became a mormon because through the Holy Spirit I came to know that the Church of Jesus Christ was true, more complete, and was teaching me how to be a better mom, better wife, better Christian, and a better daughter of God. I now am as much mormon and I am woman. It is not just a church to go to on Sunday, it is a way of life. A life I love. I love the other members, both the perfect and the imperfect, like me. I have had many callings or jobs. Because we do not have paid clergy we all do our part and it helps us to grow. I have worked in the nursery with the 18 to 36 month olds. They are so sweet. I am currently a Sunday School teacher. I never thought I could be good enough but I see my own growth and I love learning more about the scriptures. I think my favorite job was as a Cub Scout leader. They didn't like sitting still so we found lots of active things to do. Hikes and a bicycle rodeo and learning to shoot bows and arrows and being in a parade were some of the highlights. I was amazed later to go to a girl scout function and the girls all sat down and listened when the leaders asked them too. My cubs never did that! My husband is retired and loves to volunteer at the Temple. Someday I hope to join him when I retire too. The temple is so peaceful and spiritual. It makes me feel closer to God and grateful for Jesus Christ. I love singing in the choir too. The hymns teach lessons in a different way and help me feel the Holy Spirit.