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Hi I'm Olinda

I'm a retired illustrator, previous missionary with Swedish, German & English roots and a cancer survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love creating! - whether it's painting, drawing, sculpting, gardening, writing and publishing family histories, doing genealogical research, flower arranging, cooking, or home decorating. Being close to nature while traveling, camping, or hiking promotes peace, contemplation, and appreciation for the power of God to create beauty for our enjoyment and delight. I love music! - especially classical and religious - singing in choirs, small groups and with my family, and attending live concerts together.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon partly because my father became a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was a young child. He had been taught by missionaries, but it wasn't until my parents' house flooded right before Christmas that he made a change. The local members of the Church came and helped clean up the mess and also replaced the damaged presents and tree, even though they didn't know him. He was impressed that they truly lived their religion and not just talked about it. He also was deeply moved by the teachings of life after death, because his older brother, whom he dearly loved, died as a child. My dad had a spiritual experience late at night at his second job that confirmed to him that he would see his brother again. He knew the Savior made it possible for all mankind to be resurrected and enjoy the associations we have hear- forever. As a teenager, I realized I needed to be "converted" myself. I tested the commandments by repenting, asking God's forgiveness, making amends for mistakes I had made. I have seen and felt the tangible results of following Him and serving him my whole life since that time. He taught, "Man is that he might have joy." He calls to everyone with outstretched arms, "Come, follow me." Besides the Bible, I know the Book of Mormon contains God's dealings with ancient inhabitants of the Americas over a 1,000 year period. The prophets of that time preserved His teachings for us, in a day when fewer and fewer people are reading the scriptures and more and more are denying the divinity of Christ. It answers the deepest questions of the heart and gives warnings and directions for our day and age. I feel close to God while reading it and living what He taught. I know that if more people would ponder and live the principles Christ teaches in that book of scripture, the world would be a glorious peaceful place.

How I live my faith

Living my religion is a complete way of life, far more than attending a service on Sunday morning. Who I am, how I treat my husband, my family members, neighbors- the lonely, sick, needy, or poor, how I speak, or how I dress, what I choose to read, or watch what I choose to eat or don't, my work ethic, my desire for continual learning, what I teach my children, what my lifelong goals are, what my understanding of the purpose of life and what I desire to be doing for eternity after this earth life, what my mission here is, what God expects of me--and a myriad of other things in daily life, are all influenced by the principles and commandments that Christ taught during his ministry that are still taught in restored original Church. I am motivated by His example to be obedient to the Father's will, and strive daily to be teachable, faithful, compassionate, forgiving, kind, loving, generous and thankful.