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Hi I'm Linda

I'm a Mormon. I am a wife, mother of 5, grandmother of 11 and friend to many.

About Me

I was born and raised in Idaho's Magic Valley - a very Agricultural and Recreational area. I learned at a very young age the value of hard work and then play. In the summer we would camp, hike, horse ride, swim, water ski and play baseball. In the winter we would snow ski, sled, stay warm by the fire and enjoy hot apple cider or chocolate. I left home at 18 to attend BYU. I met my first love in Sept. and we were married in June, after he graduated from BYU. We have been married for 38 years. I left country living and for the past 33 years have lived in Texas - in the city - raising our family. We have 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls. Our 2nd son passed away when he was 6 weeks old. I work for The Church in the Seminary and Institute program. I have worked for 18 years with the youth from age 14-30. I started piano at age 6 and continued in lessons through age 18. I currently play the piano in the Sunday women's meeting at church. I enjoy sewing and make many of my clothes, children's clothes and many gifts. I love to cook, bake, garden & can. I have catered many weddings, funerals, conferences, dances, etc. from 5-500 people. I love to create with food - it becomes my canvas. I have served as a PTA President in Elementary and Jr. High, receiving the Lifetime membership award. My family is my greatest achievement. I love my home and having it filled with family and friends. My great love is for the Scriptures and the peace and comfort I find in them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family. I was baptized at age 8. My story really begins 15 years before I was born. My father grew up in Colorado. He went to Utah in early 1941 with his job and they teased him to "watch out for the Mormon girls". He had never heard of the Mormons - he had grown up a Catholic. So upon arriving in Utah he met his first Mormon - and they married. After 10 years of marriage and 3 children, something was missing in their family. My father took the missionary discussions. He was a heavy smoker and drinker. He was a former test pilot in the Army Air Corp during WWII, Insurance Salesman and avid sportsman. Child #3 passed away at 18 months the day after Christmas. My father started asking questions of why?, what is this life about, where do we go when we die. The missionary's shared with him the Plan of Salvation and gave him hope. He was finally baptized after several years of being taught by the missionaries. My parents have always been my guide and example. As a teenager my fathers example was very important to me. I knew that if the Church was good enough for my father to change his life and give up the vices of the world - it was for me. It was worth my effort to find out for myself. I never doubted what I had been taught. I studied the scriptures. I prayed every day and received answers to my prayers. I have been given blessings by my father and husband in times of trial or for strength. I know I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father that loves me. I love being a woman in the Church of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I know that the Holy Ghost is a guide in my life, who brings comfort and is a witness of Jesus Christ. I know that we have a Prophet on the earth today. The gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through Joseph Smith by the authority of Jesus Christ. I too had my third child pass away as an infant. I find peace and comfort in the blessings of the Temple and an Eternal Family.

How I live my faith

I currently teach the Adult Religion Class for our Church. We are just finishing the New Testament and will study The Teachings of the Living Prophets in the summer. This is a weekly weekday class that we study the scriptures and share thoughts and feelings and many times great food. It is good to be spiritually and physically fed at the same time! I love studying the scriptures. I find answers to my questions, comfort in trials, parenting and marriage helps, peace in the teachings and hope for the future. I have come to know Jesus Christ through study and prayer and am so grateful for His guidance in my life. I love sharing the message of the Gospel with others. I am also responsible for the Compassionate service - this includes arranging meals for families who have illness, new babies, deaths, moving, etc.; providing rides, babysitting, meeting the needs of families in our area. Some of my greatest joys in life have come from serving those in need or working along side someone and getting to know them better. Serving our brothers and sisters is truly the gospel in action and draws me closed to Jesus Christ. I have seen lives enriched and changed as I have served to meet their needs. I am active in my neighborhood association - just meeting and knowing our neighbors makes a difference in a neighborhood.

In whom should we have faith?

Linda
We should have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He came to earth to fulfill the law and to bring the power and authority of God the Father to the Earth. He came, taught, established the Church, died, atoned for each of us and was resurrected that we might return to our Father in Heaven. He is the sure foundation to build upon. It is to Him that we put our faith, belief and trust. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Linda
Under the direction of the Lord Jesus Christ the Prophet is Chosen. He is then sustained (ratified, supported by) the membership of the Church. Twice a year at a General Conference of the Church the membership is given the opportunity to Sustain the Prophet and other leaders by a show of raising the right hand to sustain. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Linda
We love to celebrate with song, dance, good food and people. We celebrate Christmas and Easter as special holidays honoring the birth, life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I collect Nativity scenes and have about 75 that are displayed every year at Christmas. We celebrate the Resurrected Christ and do not use the cross as a symbol in our church. We choose to use our individual lives and the way we live as a symbol of being followers of Jesus Christ. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, and Fourth of July and other National Holidays in the US. We celebrate National Holidays in the countries that we live in. We honor the Sabbath day as a day of worship and set aside the things of the world that day. We dress in our "best dress" for our church services. That would be clean, modest clothing. Suits, dress shirt, nice slacks or pants and ties for the men and boys; modest in length and style of dresses or skirts for the girls and women. Clothing appropriate for church and not an athletic event. Our buildings have gym's or multi-purpose rooms for use during the week. We enjoy all sports from basketball to broom hockey and music, theatre and dance. We have regular dances for the youth and other activities on a regular basis. We would dress appropriate for the activity. We have a great camp program for Young Women and also participate with the Boy Scouts for the Young Men. Show more Show less