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Hi I'm Linda

I am 21. I'm from Monticello, UT, and just graduated from BYU. I'm on my way to the France Paris Mission this April.

About Me

Right now, I'm preparing to serve a mission. The decision to serve a mission was not an easy one; it was always something I wanted to do, but 21 felt like a really long time to put certain things on hold (marriage, education, jobs, etc.). After lots of prayers and ponderings, I decided to serve. For the next 3 years. I hurried to finish earning my bachelor's degree and "cram" in other educational experiences before my 21st birthday/mission availability date. I continued to work "3/4 time" at an elementary school to earn enough money to pay for the mission and school/life expenses. 3 years felt like forever, so I kept myself busy as I waited to serve my mission. Finally, on October 6, 2012, I turned 21. I was so excited to finally be able to finish my (nearly finished) mission paperwork. October 6, 2012 is an historic date. Just a few hours after I felt the satisfaction that I was FINALLY old enough to go on a mission, President Monson also announced the marvelous change in missionary age requirements. For about 10 seconds after hearing it, I was crestfallen, feeling stunned, sad, and (ridiculously) a little betrayed... This great new change did not seem to affect my life at all. But immediately after that 10 seconds of sorrow, the most exhilarating feeling of excitement and joy overwhelmed me. I am going to be part of an army! An army that is going to fight Satan head-on. What a privilege it will be to serve alongside these freshly-called new elders and sisters!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to show Jesus Christ that I believe in Him. I am a Mormon because I know the principles, teachings, and scriptures in the LDS Church are truth. But I am also a Mormon because it brings me true joy. It has brought me peace of mind, hope, and happiness in a unique and deeply spiritual way. I am a Mormon because the price to become one is small compared to the rewards and benefits of being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I was able to go through the temple for the first time a few months ago. Since then, I have absolutely loved going to the temple. I have the advantage (living in Utah) to be close to temples, so I've been able to go many times over the past few months. Inside the temple, I have learned to better recognize the Holy Ghost. I have learned more about the characters of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. It has also helped me realize the importance of marriage, integrity, and my divine nature. I had a church leader when I was a teenager that really taught me the joy that comes from simple, daily acts of service. She taught me by example how to serve people like the Savior would serve them--stopping by to visit a neighbor, taking out someone's garbage, helping a busy mother with groceries, taking time to listen to a stranger who is experiencing some health problems... These types of service are all around me: she taught me to notice some of them. So I try to help at least one person every day by doing one of these types of activities. Taking the time out of my day to notice someone else has helped me be grateful for my Savior--it is not easy to do! But Jesus Christ showed us that, though it isn't easy, taking time to help someone in need is the way we can every be like Him because that is exactly what He did. In my ward, I am the piano player. This has been a great learning experience because I am not a fantastic piano player... it has definitely helped me become more comfortable playing in front of people! It's also shown me how powerful music can be. Music can touch the heart so quickly and effectively. I'm so glad we use music to invite the Holy Ghost to be a part of our meetings.