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Hi I'm Linda Harris Simone

I grew up in London. I survived polio. I became a Mormon. Nearly fifty years later, I am still happy to be a Mormon.

About Me

Shortly after I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I was given the choice of denying my membership or leaving home. With faith that my parents would one day welcome me back, I chose to go, and I went far--first to Canada and then to the United States. Graduating from university, I first became a folklorist and then a teacher. What I enjoy most, however, is being a wife, mother, and grandmother. In my spare time, I write, paint, and research our family histories.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon because I listened to the missionaries who taught me about the purpose of life from our Heavenly Father's perspecitve, and felt the witness of the Holy Spirit. I have remained an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have a testimony that Joseph Smith was called of God to restore his Church and that the scriptures he received through revelation--The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price--are the word of God. They are as much a vital part of my life as are the Old and New Testaments found in The Holy Bible. That our Heavenly Father continues to guide his Church through revelation to his latter-day prophets assures me of his love and that of his son, Jesus Christ. Over the years, my membership has brought me challenges as well as great joy and happiness.

How I live my faith

I have always loved young children, and for years I worked in the Primary organization. I hope, still, to be an example to them of one whose faith enabled her to leave home in order to keep her baptismal covenants. Currently, I enjoy being a visiting teacher and helping members and others interested in researching their family history.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Linda Harris Simone
I would add that striving to have a personal relataionship with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is a vital purpose of our lives as Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Linda Harris Simone
For me, it's simply that I want to be with my family into the eternities; I can't imagine being happy without the ones I love best. Show more Show less