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Hi I'm Linda W

I'm a convert, a Mormon, a Mom, a wife, a Grandma too. I was a working single parent for years and years.

About Me

I spent most of my childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, but I also lived in Tennessee, Virginia, Arizona, and California before I was 7. I was an only child until age 12 - so happy for siblings finally. I graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with a double major in Biology & Psychology. I work for the US Civil Service with the Army in logistics - I've worked in Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Alabama. For over 20 of those years I was a supervisor and I enjoyed that. I will return next year, and am slowing getting used to that. Interests and talents? Piano, reading, hiking, bicycling, canoeing, camping, dancing, teaching, helping people solve problems and learn new skills, organizing, cooking, sewing, doing math, animals, babies (!), writing, visiting friends, singing – I often sing in the car rather than listening to music. I have 2 children who are grown, who I raised as a single mom. They each have 2 children, so I'm a grandma too. For much of their early education I home schooled them. That was hard as a single parent who was also working, but very much worth it. My husband and I got married after about 18 years of being divorced from our previous spouses. We had both given up on ever marrying again. The Lord had a surprise for us! We met at Church, serving together as Single Adult Reps. We are happily married and enjoy spending time together and serving others. My husband gave me 3 grown children, who have children and grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I know my Heavenly Father loves me and guided me into this Church. When I was a girl we used to attend the closest Christian church, and I was happy with that. When I moved to Detroit in the mid 70's I met the sister of a lady I was in Intern school with. This classmate had a candy jar with marijuana in it, so I was leery of meeting her relatives, but I am glad I was brave enough to meet her sister. Her sister introduced me to the Mormon Church when I asked her what there was to do in that town other than go bar hopping (things the interns tended to do), and that I didn't want to do that. She told me the Church she had just joined had a singles group that had recently went picnicking, square-dancing, and the like. I told her that was the kind of activities I didn't mind doing. She asked if I would like her to have the Elders call me, and I said yes. We didn't discuss the name of the Church, or anything. The following week a young man called me who didn't sound at all like an Elder - I was expecting an old man with a beard! They started teaching me the discussions and I liked what I was learning. I read the scriptures and pamphlets they assigned, and prayed about it, learning it was true in the process. I was baptized at age 22 going on 23. I have never regretted that decision. The evening I was baptized I called my Grandma to tell her my good news. My Grandma said she had always hoped I would join a good Christian church. I told her you can’t get any more Christian than the Mormon Church, and she was satisfied, going to Church with me whenever we visited.

How I live my faith

I am a visiting teacher, which means I visit ladies at least once a month to extend friendship and love to them. I am the pianist for our children’s Sunday School, called Primary, and love to play for the children, and sometimes I substitute for the chorister and get to sing with them too. I am a Welfare Missionary, which is 2 jobs combined. I help people with financial guidance needs and new members who need friend-shipping, etc. I enjoy telling people about Jesus Christ. I sing in the choir as a low alto. I volunteer with the local Boy Scout district as a Unit Commissioner, helping and guiding 3 cub packs. I love to read scriptures every day, and to talk about them with others.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Linda W
Anyone of any race or color can join the Church if they wish to learn about it and to gain a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father loves variety, and that applies to skin color, interests, and personality. We are all children of God, and He loves us. God wants us to love each other too. The Priesthood exists to serve God's children, and any male who is worthy through their good choices who is also a member of the Church, may be ordained to the Priesthood. The Church encourages all worthy males to become ordained and serve his children. Show more Show less