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Hi I'm Linda Bosanko Shattuck

I grew up in California, andI love the beach. I grew up as a hippie; called a Jesus freak, I loved it. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm unique. During an object lesson on "The Spice of Life", I was singled out to be red hot chili pepper! I have a zest for life and I'm very outgoing. I love people who are positive and uplifting! I'm a two time survivor of brain surgery and also a Stage 2A breast cancer survivor going on two years! Many people may think that my biggest challenges have been to my health, but the biggest challenges I find in life is finding the time to do all I want to do for others. I love humanitarian work and as a result of my health struggles, I can see more clearly now the need to serve and be sensitive to others who have lost their independence. I too lost my independence in 1992 due to epilepsy, but I gained something better...my dependence on God. Being a child of several divorces, I had a great desire to know where I came from and about my roots. A genealogist by trade and by hobby with many relatives and very little sense of family, I soon came to realize that I am simply...A Child of God. I couldn't have any greater heritage than that. He loves me, as he loves each of His children as we have all sojourned together on this earth, learning from our experiences and from each other. My greatest desire is to show my appreciation to my Savior, Jesus Christ for saving me in spite of my shortcomings and sins by turning my weaknesses into strengths and serving his other children that in in need of earthly angels. It is a great privilege to spread His good news with love by serving others.

Why I am a Mormon

While it's true that I have an extensive Mormon heritage, including pioneer ancestry, I couldn't say really that I was "born" into the church. At a young age, I was exposed to many countries, religions and cultures. As a couple, we are well-traveled, and I also traveled as a child. I remember a lesson as a young child, in a Sunday School class, where the woman looked at each of us and bore her testimony of God. She looked into my young eyes, and simply stated "You, are a child of God". It was from that humble beginning that a seed of faith and hope swelled up inside me. No matter what else happened in life, I held onto that. Life gives it's lessons, and I'm convinced we are here to be tested and tried and measured. The simple seed of faith has grown into a strong tree that fierce winds and storms have not been able to uproot. That same tree has been beaten by the storms of life, but my roots have remained strong and in tact. Perhaps it's the tears of trials and the tears of joy that have actually been nourishing those roots all along... I am indebted to my Lord for his example of strength and perseverance and for his dedication to the Truth. He is the way. He loves us and he wants us to love each other. My greatest joy will be to see His face and see those who have passed on before and hold them in my arms and thank them for the Legacy of Love and faith they left for me. I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is truly the Good News. It's the way out, it's the up, and it's the way home.

How I live my faith

I love the young people of the world. They truly are our future leaders. I have enjoyed teaching in an early morning religious seminary for high school students. My favorite service is teaching Bible and value driven lessons to young primary school age children to help strengthen them in their families and their daily life. Currently, I am a Family History Consultant and I help families search out their roots, to help them gain a great sense of worth, and a greater appreciation for their heritage. My desire is to help them start their own Legacy of Love by habits of good record keeping including scrapbooks and journals. I heard it once said "A birth certificate proves you were born, but a journal proves you lived". I have learned much that has strengthened me in my life, from the journals of my ancestors. I have gained strength from their strength as they overcame great trials in their life through faith in Jesus Christ and in a loving Heavenly Father. It is knowledge of this eternal relationship which gives me my greatest strength. Together with my husband, we have raised three children to the Lord. Through marriage of our daughters, we have two additional sons joining our family. Two of our children have served missions. Our son went to Rio de Janerio, Brazil and loves the Brazilian people. Our daughter served in London, England and it is her home away from home. Our eldest daughter serves the Deaf community with all her heart, as a nationally certified interpreter for the Deaf. She is also the mother of our very first grandchild, and so the Legacy of Love continues. As parents, it's our greatest joy to see our children serve and love all of God's children. Our youth are our greatest assets in life, and they deserve the best we have to give them....our time and our love.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Linda Bosanko Shattuck
We believe that families can be eternal units. After we die, those relationships are as valued and cherished as they were on earth. Our bodies and spirits united are what comprises of our soul. When our bodies separate from our spirits in death, our spirit progresses to the spirit world. Our greatest desires are to be reunited with our loved ones who have passed through this mortal existence. I believe that when I progress from this life to the next, I will see my loving grandparents, aunts and uncles and sweet little niece who did not stay with us for long in this life. Many in the world have not had the opportunity to learn of Jesus Christ and we believe that teaching will continue beyond this life in the hereafter. I look forward to being reunited with my loved ones in the next life. Families are complicated and it takes great effort to become a cohesive forever family. This life is the best place to insure an eternal family in the next, by always being kind to each other and treating each other with respect and love. Show more Show less