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Hi I'm Linda

I like simple things: Saturday waffle breakfast, seeing a hummingbird, a hug from one of my daughters, homemade granola.

About Me

I love feeling alive. I love color and painting. I love the early morning hours and will go outside and pick flowers and go oil paint them in my studio. It just about makes me feel like I could explode with happiness. The only thing I love even better is my family. I love my children. I love watching them grow up. Last week I was teaching them how to use a blender to make oven pancakes. During this summer I have tried to teach them how sew; that one needs lots of help. I love watching them try new things and have to think hard and keep trying. For sure my children and my husband take even more of my brain power and creative energy than my art! But it is so satisfying. My art (hopefully) will be around a couple hundred years. My children will be part of who I am forever.

Why I am a Mormon

Yes, I did grow up in the Mormon faith with parents who took me to church every week. But when I was 14 I started to question everything! Joseph Smith, God, the Holy Ghost, and every crazy thing I read from my non-mormon friends. I really wanted to know if all these things I had been taught were true. I started praying as I never had before. I watched two of my big sisters stop going to church. I prayed even harder but most of all I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. This is the anchor of my testimony. I still hear crazy things about church leaders of long ago--I don't think that will change---but I have no doubt that the Book of Mormon is true. I know these prophets of long ago really prophesied of the Savior, really served as missionaries, really had families and wayward children, really taught their children. I read their words, read their stories, read their challenges. I know they were real and that their testimonies of Jesus Christ and God are real. So, I don't have every church answer, and may not for a long time. But I know that Joseph Smith brought forth the Book of Mormon and translated it for ME, today, so that I could have more faith in Jesus Christ. So that summer long ago, that is what I learned. After months of prayer, lots of reading, lots of seeking and really really really wanting to know, I knew. I felt a warm peace inside of me and a calm peace in my mind too. Even now reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible help me feel close to God and remind me of what I learned so long ago.

How I live my faith

Little stuff matters. I am a mom to young children. I think how I speak to my children--both what I say, and how I say it---can reflect kindness or frustrated exhaustion. I am not perfect but I want to be a good mom. So I talk to God a lot in prayer. Sometimes I don't have a clue what to say when my daughters are pushing each others buttons and fighting but I know God is all wise and all knowing, so often I do a quick prayer on my way to help them sort things out. I am surprised at God's ability to help me talk calm, act wise, and not take sides. I think that how we talk helps our home feel peaceful and warm. Little stuff matters. I think how I speak to God changes how I feel about Him too. I try to talk to Him often, like a friend, and everyday. He doesn't talk back out loud or anything but I feel things in my heart. And I can always hear what he has to say just by opening my scriptures. This is how he talks to me. This is how I get the energy to talk to my children kindly, and more important: listen to my children. I think it is a miracle every single time I can be calm and cheerful when orange juice goes flying (accidentally of course) at breakfast (just before we are supposed to leave somewhere), or when one young daughter smacks another, when a tantrum starts, or when there is just too much to do and I feel tired. And since I know it is a miracle that God can help me be smarter than me, I say a quick thank-you prayer. I have got to say thanks, because chances are I am going to be asking for His help again, real soon.