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Hi I'm Linda Cain

Am a wife, mother of three and grandmother to two children and have an allotment.

About Me

I enjoy seeing the beauty of this earth that has been especially organised and created for us - in and out of the UK. I also love the opportunities we have to be involved in creative processes - from growing vegetables and flowers, baking bread and cakes, knitting, sewing to creating spreadsheets, plans and a family. Family comes first of course! One of the first things I learnt about the church was that families are very important and that the family unit can continue in the eternities. I love doing things with my family, even though my children have fled the nest now. Other things I enjoy include sending parcels to the troops in Afghanistan, trying to improve my wholemeal bread and cake-making skills, trying to knit and sew (yes, there's a lot of trying here!) Growing vegetables brings me a lot of satisfaction - although it is hard work at times. But then aren't most things like that? I enjoy researching my family history - so far have discovered roots in Ireland and Germany and my maiden name hails from Spain. My interest in political, art and design history and literature shows in my History & Literature degree - although on clearing out the loft recently I realised I'd probably forgotten most of it! Still its something I enjoy dipping into again every now and then! I loved the atmosphere at the Paralympics last year and going to see Jerry Sienfeld at the O2.

Why I am a Mormon

Joining the church is the best thing I ever did. In my late 20s I was having a hard time seeing what was right from wrong in the world - media seemed to be my greatest influence and in all its forms was sending conflicting, confusing messages. I had been taught to believe in God and Jesus Christ as a child, but church lost its appeal as I became a rebellious teenager and my questions were unanswered. As the full name of our church implies - "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" - I am still a Christian and now feel that I have the answers to those questions, such as: What is Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit like? What is a soul or conscience? If I have a spirit, where was it before I was born? What is my purpose on this earth? Where will I go when I die? Will I ever see my family again? These, and more, questions have been answered by reading and studying The Book of Mormon. It is exactly what it says it is: "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." Anyone who genuinely wants to know the answers can find them in this book. The Book of Mormon is companion scripture to The Holy Bible - we use both. Although I have been ignorant, naive and made mistakes in my life I now feel at peace and have a contented spiritual happiness. I am not perfect and just try to do my best. I know I am not an insignificant spec in the universe. My life matters. My choices matter. I am a Mormon because life, and what I and my family do with it, matters to me.

How I live my faith

By helping to send parcels to the troops in Afghanistan I am simply sending a few treats and a spiritually, uplifting message of hope to those troops who may not have family or anyone corresponding with them. It is about 'loving thy neighbour' and not any political endorsement. It originated when two of my nephews were serving out there a few years ago. They were blessed to have good family contacts while others had no one. We all enjoy the community spirit and feel-good effect that helping gives. While not expecting any replies from the troops we have had several very appreciative letters from troops thanking us. I think the Saviour wants us to make a positive difference, however small. We have a Helping Hands humanitarian programe at church where we can get involved locally to help our community and I've had some great experiences with voluntary work at church - we are a lay church, so we all take turns and 'muck in.' I've got to know people quicker and closer and learnt from them about life and the gospel of Jesus Christ. At the moment I'm working with three wonderful women advising and training the local leaders of our women's organisation. We also enjoy organising practical and spiritual activities for them. As I'm essentially a pretty shy person - its a great way of helping and making new friends. Service to others is one of the main things Jesus Christ teaches us and we help non-members as well as members of the church - we are all equal in the eyes of God.