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Hi I'm Linda Grace Cox (Bailey)

I'm a happily married mother of 8 grandmother of 14, I have Multiple Sclerosis and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a happily married mother of 8 and grandmother of 13. I was born in Michigan in 1963, graduated high school in Anchorage, Alaska in 1981 then graduated from college at BYU, Utah in 1987. After obtaining a bachelors of social work, I became a part-time group counselor at the abused women’s shelter in Anchorage. In 1990 I decided to stay home full-time. I consider myself a "professional homemaker" and I had a blast raising my children! In 1995 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which put a speed bump in my plans to go back to work as a counselor when my kids were in school. It’s been a tremendous experience. I've learned that we are all unique human souls of infinite value, irreplaceable. This life is a perfect classroom for me. Everything that shows up in my journey is put there for a reason. It is God-allowed adversity. In 2012 I started MSrelief.com and now with others, we are helping those with MS choose Joy in their MS reality. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints October 10, 1981. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ has restored His church through Joseph Smith. The LDS Church is the vehicle that will take us back to Him. As a member of this church, I live a wonderful life, of course full of bumps and bruises, but I’m helped and supported by God himself (through the hands of His people) to get through and I’m honestly happy because of it! Read the Book of Mormon, ask God if it’s true and find out for yourself!

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Because being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints makes me happy! I know that Jesus Christ has restored His church through Joseph Smith. I haven’t always known that. Until I was 16 years old I had never met a Mormon. As a senior in high school I was a professed atheist. I sat behind Denise, a Mormon in chemistry class. Denise’s relationship led me to meet her brother, Rob, who was home from college waiting for his Mission call. Rob was devoting two years of his life, at his expense to preach. I listened to the missionaries. I learned from them and more about the church from the lessons he taught by example. I attended other churches to compare for myself. I prayed to receive witness that there was a God and if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the “only true church”. I was getting grief from my family and friends for even considering it. Even so, I knew it was true. When I told the missionaries I was ready to be baptized, they were very excited! I was baptized a year after I was introduced to the church, October 10, 1981. Thirty years later, my testimony is stronger than ever. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the vehicle that will take us back to Him. As a member of this church, I live a wonderful life, of course full of bumps and bruises, but I’m helped and supported by God himself (through the hands of His people) to get through and I’m honestly happy because of it!

How I live my faith

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints on October 10, 1981 as soon as my mom gave her permission. When I joined the church I embraced the gospel with my whole heart. I have tried everyday to follow the Savior in everything I do. I have had the opportunity to serve the local saints in many positions in the wards where we live. I have taken care of the kids in the nursery, taught children Sunday school, been a leader of the youth group, taught Sunday School to adults but my favorite calling was the leader of our woman's organization, the Relief Society. I have remained close to the Savior during good times and bad. I have learned that the plan of salvation is truly the plan of happiness. I've been blessed through the years to raise 8 beautiful children who have grown to be contributing members of society. I have a passion for genealogy and temple work. When the Anchorage Temple was dedicated I was able to attend every week until my health would no longer allow it. Now I'm blessed with a care-giving husband who gets me there at least once a month. During my early years with multiple sclerosis I learned to the depth of my soul that I am, we all are, divine children of our Heavenly Father. Knowing this, there is no need to judge or feel offended. I know that the only person we can change is ourselves and I use every day while on this earth to prepare to meet my maker. I am truly happy and my desire is to help others find joy.