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Hi I'm Linda

I’m a grandmother, preschool teacher, mother, wife and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a preschool teacher for over 25 years. I have always loved and felt comfortable around children. I even went back to college and finished my training in early childhood education. As much enjoyment that I get from being in the classroom, my joy is even greater being around my own children and grandchildren. I have five children who are now grown and have families of their own and I’m grateful that they all live close by so I can be a part of their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I came from a family that was less active. My family said they were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but we rarely went to church when I was young. Because my family was less active, church leaders and teachers, would pick me up and take me to primary (a church meeting dedicated to teaching the children ages 3-11 about Jesus and His gospel). As a child, I felt the spirit at a very young age. My primary teachers told me that God loved me and that I could pray and God would answer my prayers. As a 5 year old I did pray and I received an answer. I was feeling lonely and crying, so I went outside and sat down on the curb and thought about what my primary teachers said about Heavenly Father answering prayers. I decided to ask Heavenly Father if He was real and if He loved me. At the moment, while I was saying my prayer to God, the clouds parted and rays of sunshine suddenly shown down on me. But it was more than the sunshine I felt; it was His love for me that warmed my whole body from the inside. I knew at that moment that God was real, that He knew who I was and that He loved me. I learned as a 5 year old that my primary teachers were right; Heavenly Father answers prayers even when we’re little. This experience has stayed with me my entire life. I have never once doubted His existence.

How I live my faith

I don’t know if this experience is why I’ve chosen to be with children professionally or if it is a gift from God. I just see the good in all children. Because I felt His love so strongly, I wanted to always do what I knew was right. I choose to go to church when my family went to watch movies. I was determined to go to church and keep the spirit and that feeling of peace with me. When I got married my husband was in the Navy and would go out to sea a lot. I remained committed to attend church no matter how lonely I felt or how difficult it was with my rambunctious little children. I’ve served mostly with the children, passing on that legacy that my primary teachers taught me. I teach the children about Heavenly Father and Jesus and their love for them. I have also shared this message with the youth and the adults. I am willing to do whatever the Lord asks me for He has been my constant support through good times and difficult times. I know that He loves me and loves everyone. The gospel is true and brings us great happiness by following the Lords teachings.