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Hi I'm Alynda

I was born and raised in California. I teach at BYU-Idaho but most important I am a wife, mother, and gradmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college when I was in my 50's. I will admit that it is much harder to study and remember when you are older, but I wanted to show my children that education is vital and that finishing something you start is essential. I took classes from my husband and his colleagues which was certainly the impetus for doing my best work, and I consider the overall experience one of my greatest victories. After graduation I was hired to teach in the Culinary Arts Department at the university where I studied. I am grateful everyday for my association with these wonderful students and I love every minute that I am on campus. I play the piano, in fact I actually taught lessons for some 20 years before coming to Idaho. I love to sing, with my husband, children, and grandchild. I love to cook and am always looking for a new recipe to try. I love to read and I enjoy designing, sewing, and the hand work on my quilts.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family who was active in the Mormon Church. I cannot remember a time when I did not know about Bible and Book of Mormon stories. As a family we went to church every week and I participated in activities as a child, youth, and young adult. I came to understand though even when you are surrounded by the truth, you must come to have a testimony of your own. I can recall as a young adult yearning for the comforting assurance that what I had been taught all of my life was the truth. I needed to know for myself. I began my journey of soul searching, reading the Book of Mormon, praying in earnest, and then waiting for the Lord to teach me. I can still remember standing all alone in my grandparents dining room being overcome with a sweet feeling that what I had believed all my life was true. I have felt that same confirmation over and over again throughout the years. I have the truth as well as the peace and safety that comes from living what I know.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to teach what I know is true. I taught high school age students an early morning religion class where we studied the Bible and Book of Mormon. It was a great joy to have all of my own children in my classes and it gave me an opportunity to share my testimony of the truth with each one of them everyday. I have loved visiting members and neighbors in their homes, sharing meals and a spiritual thought with them. I recall taking a meal to a neighbor who had suffered a miscarraige and she asked me why I would take the time to do that for her. My reply was that as we associate with each other and see a need, it's simply what we do; we stand together and support one another. When my children were in elementary school I taught music in their classes and volunteered to help with reading and math. I taught a class for adults in my congregation for several years and enjoyed studying and learning about topics that help us live more like the Savior. I served as an election precinct worker for many years which was a way I could participate in our local governing process. It was also a great way to meet neighbors, who then became friends. I have taught classes for our adult women as we share our knowledge in the quest to become better wives, mothers, and friends. I have learned the great value of work as I have organized and participated in local events in our congregation. I know that when we work together we see each other the way the Lord sees us and we build bonds of friendship and love.