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Hi I'm Linda

I grew up in Oregon and have lived in Arizona since the 80's because I love the sunshine! My children are here too. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am retired from doing clerical and bookkeeping jobs most of my life. My favorite job was working for the Forest Service in Western New Mexico because I enjoyed being in the mountains. I raised 3 children and sometimes they still need a little advice! I love to work on my family genealogy. I have found a lot of information back into the 1500's. I am totally into alternative healing and read a lot on the subject. I have had a lot of struggles in my life and realize now that those struggles helped me to grow in spirit and character. (Too bad not in stature as I am 4' 11" and shrinking!) The Lord Jesus Christ never left me alone in these struggles but rather helped me through them. I am very blessed and have now been sealed to the love of my life for time and all eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS church when I was 19 years old. I was divorced with a little boy. Fortunately, my grandmother lived with me and took care of my child and the house while I was working two jobs. This allowed me to spend quality time with my son when I was at home. My friend, Donna, that introduced me to the church is still my closest friend even though we live miles apart. I was seeking truth and wanted to know how to put my life on a stable course. The church I was attending at the time seemed cold and somehow lacking. Donna had told me many things that I had never heard before, like there are prophets on the earth today to guide us and direct us toward eternal life. Her dad at the time was a "Seventy" and serving as a missionary with his companion. I suddenly felt I wanted to hear their lessons and asked them to come over. I knew beyond any doubt that this message was true with every word they spoke before I ever read the Book of Mormon. It was as if the Holy Ghost had lifted a portion of the veil so that I could see the truth of these things without even uttering a formal prayer. I was baptized within 6 weeks and finally started to feel that I was on a course that would bring peace and serenity to my life. I wasn't aware, however, of how long that would take and how many speed bumps would hurl me into the air! Jesus never said it would be easy, only that it would be worth it.

How I live my faith

Over the course of these past 43 years since I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I have remained faithful. Through my many trials the Lord has sustained me even though I admittedly became angry and discouraged at times. Through all that, I never denied him and he has never left my side. In between trials I have had many opportunities to grow. I have taught the very young and been a leader in the youth program. I visit ladies in the ward group and now am teaching a lesson once a month in our ladies group. The programs in the church have done more for me than even I realize. At 19 years old I would never have been able to speak in front of a group any more than I could fly. Gradually I learned to overcome that fear. I have learned more from my years in church than I could have with any two masters degrees. My favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5 and 6. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." This is so true. It is not always easy to have complete and total trust in the Lord but I have found that when I do my life flows so much better. Too often we let fear overcome us. A post it note by my computer states: "Choose to live by faith and not fear".