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Hi I'm Linda Buonforte

I'm a Mormon. I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 19 years old. It has richly blessed my life.

About Me

I have been married for 27 years. I am the mother of four boys and two girls, all adult children now except for my 16 year old daughter who we still get to enjoy at home here in South Carolina. All my other children are currently living in Utah. My two oldest sons got married a few years ago just two weeks apart from each other. I'm positive that daughter- in-laws don't come any better than the two that are now mine. I love them dearly. Eight months ago, I became a grandmother for the first time when my oldest son and his wife had a beautiful baby boy. I've been fortunate enough to have been a stay-at-home mom all these years. I have loved every minute of it and have found it very fulfilling. Now that all my children are mostly raised, and because there is no greater work I would enjoy more, I am currently a child care provider for five other families with children of various ages. Besides caring for children, I enjoy reading, writing, movies, crafts, decorating, music, spending time with family, spending time with friends, and helping others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. I am the third of five children. My mom was born and raised in Rome, Italy. My dad was serving in the military there when he met my mom, brought her to the United States and then married her. The marriage ended when I was just 5 years old. My mom remarried another wonderful man who I immediately loved and was happy to call "dad" but sadly he died when I was in the 7th grade. It was at this point in my life that I felt a desire to attend church, maybe to try to understand the loss of my dad, maybe for comfort but probably for both reasons. Although we were Catholic, we never really went to church but I decided to give it a try. I started going to the Catholic church that was in walking distance to my house. I can still remember the good feelings I would feel on the way home for having gone. As I started studying and trying to figure out what was expected of me as a Catholic, I became intrigued with literature I came across about the LDS church. For the first time, I started to understand what it meant to keep the Sabbath Day holy. I admired reading that members of the LDS church tried not to work, shop or participate in sporting events and recreational activities on Sunday. I admired that it was against their religion to smoke, drink and engage in premarital sex. I was only fourteen years old but it all rang so right and true to me. The more I read, the more I felt that "these good things" are what I wanted my life to be about. As I continued to study, I found the gospel principles easy to understand.The more I learned, the more confident, guided, and happy I felt. My mom didn't share my excitement. I'm sorry to say that her concern and my confidence about wanting to join didn't always mix well and was the source of some turmoil and contention over my remaining years at home. I did finally join the church at the age of 19. It has truly proven to be the best decision of my life. I think my mom would now agree. :)

How I live my faith

Two years after joining the church, I had the privilege of serving an 18 month mission in Portugal. Shortly after my return, I married and began a family. I have always tried to be diligent in teaching my children correct principles by word and by example. I've been a member of the church now for 32 years and have had many opportunities to serve through the many positions I've held within the church. No position in our church is a paid one but we all sacrifice and work hard to do our part and keep things running as they should. I have been a primary teacher and a nursery leader. I've been a leader in our Primary (children's) organization as well as in our Relief Society (women's) organization. The high school age teens of our church attend an early morning seminary class every morning before school starts. I had the privilege of teaching seminary in my home for one school year and probably learned as much as (I hope) they did! I am currently the Young Women President in our ward for the second time.