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Hi I'm Linda

I'm an optimistic daughter, wife, mom and grandma who seeks truth and beauty which is why I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The question "what do you do?" usually stumps me. I do have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education but have never formally taught school. As a teen and young adult I worked in the family grocery store, yet I don't have an occupation to put on a resume. I cook, sew, read, clean, plant, write, research, applaud, teach, but no skill is great enough to identify me. What I do mostly is love. Coming from a family of loving, supportive parents and two brothers, I dreamed of a wonderful husband and many bright and happy children. That dream has come true with delightful grandchildren adding to my joy. From an early age, I've been interested in getting to know other people. Although fairly shy, I have always loved being around individuals and groups, relishing in similarities as well as differences because we are all children of God. I've lived long enough to appreciate change and growth, even, or especially, when it is uncomfortable at the time. The loss of children, home, income, health all have taught me to rely on my Heavenly Father. Volunteer service in schools, hospitals and church have stretched my abilities while filling my need to help others. I have a great appreciation for those who came before me, a heritage rich in sacrifice and service. My responsibility is to honor their name and memory.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon through and through. I have never doubted the existence of my Heavenly Father and His presence in my life. Having been taught by faithful parents, by precept and example, I have always known that God has a plan for me and for all His children. I thirst after those principles and characteristics that will bring me continued peace and joy. How could I not be a Mormon and wish to share when I know so many truths?! I know that Heavenly Father loves me. I know that I have a Savior who makes it possible for me to repent regularly. I know that He understands my challenges, physical pains and needs. I know that the Holy Ghost is my friend and companion, teaching, guiding and comforting me daily. I know that hardships and trials are for growth. I know that miracles happen because I have witnessed them. I know that by serving others, I am serving my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I know that because of covenants and ordinances, my family will be together forever!

How I live my faith

If I truly know that we have a Heavenly Father that loves me, then it naturally follows that I want to serve Him and His children. This is accomplished by being patient and loving with my family, being a good neighbor, being kind and friendly to strangers in line at the grocery store, helping those who are sick or grieving, sharing my resources, volunteering in the community and serving in various capacities in my church congregation. I have been given opportunities to teach children and teenagers in the schools and church as a volunteer. I love to see others find the wonder that comes through reading, expanding their world of learning. I also love to see others discover the joy that learning gospel truths brings to daily life. I have been able to serve as a leader of large women's organizations in the church as well as youth groups. Sometimes these positions have taken time and energy that created a need for prioritizing and and finding a balance with my mothering and home duties. Always I felt strength through prayer and study as I've served. A few years ago I helped young unwed mothers with decisions relating to their babies. Just this year, my son and his wife adopted a baby as a result of a young woman's decision to give her child a home with both a mother and a father. What a blessing this is for all involved. Recently my doctor husband and I served as full time missionaries in the Southwestern United States for two years. Our responsibilities included helping watch over the health of full time missionaries in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. After having six of my children serve as missionaries all over the world, I marvel at the strength and commitment these young men and women have for serving, at their own expense, yet at great benefit for others. Currently, my husband and I teach an adult religion class on the New Testament. This is a case of the teacher learning more than the students! I love to serve!