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Hi I'm Linda Arnold

I've taught math for 28 years. I have seven children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My mom is a twin, but her twin died at birth. I have seven brothers and two of them are twins. One died at birth and the other after a life with severe disabilities died in his late twenties. I am married, have seven children and three are triplet boys. One died at 4 days, one at 3 1/2 months and the third is disabled. I love working or playing outdoors as long as I'm in the water, it's early morning or evening, or there is lots of shade. The heat and I are not friends. I love to garden, camp, read and a variety of crafts. Rappelling was a college favorite and occasional river rafting is still enjoyed. I taught elementary in grades 2, 4, and 5 for six years. I and have spent the last 22 years teaching 7th and 8th grade math. Recently I have worked with another teacher to create an online accelerated math course and am currently working on a blended model of instruction using IPADs and discovery group projects for our math classes. I also have currently worked with a local University to improve education of pre-service and in-service math teachers.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS church when I was eight, but that is not why, as an adult, I devote so much of my life to living by the principles taught in it's doctrine. Life isn't easy for anyone. We all have our own trials to overcome. Burying three sons in just over a year, though difficult and heart breaking, would have been unbearable if it wasn't for the knowledge that I have that we are sealed as an Eternal family and that I will see and hold those sons again. As difficult as losing a child is, dealing with others that have emotional, physical or behavioral issues can be equally or more challenging. The pains of death diminish as time passes, but the daily struggles dealing with a variety of disabilities is ever sharp. I lean on my faith in my Father in Heaven, His Son Jesus Christ and the revelation or answer to personal prayer through the Holy Ghost on a daily basis. I know that the atonement of Jesus Christ not only allows for forgiveness of my sins, but provides a bridge between what I can do or effort I can give and what the end result needs to be. When it is 1:00 a.m., my son is manic and can't sleep, I'm beyond exhaustion and fall asleep on the floor in front of my son's room, the Savior steps in and causes my son to fall asleep long after the effectiveness of his sleeping medicine has ended. I work hard to be self reliant, but how could I possibly think that I could do this by myself. I hope everyone has been blessed with enough challenges in life to realize their dependency on the Lord. If not, then pray for challenges that will help you walk a finer line down the center of the path that leads you back to your Heavenly home. I love my Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ. I know that the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as restored in the latter days is found only in the doctrines and Priesthood authority in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I find the teachings and commitments to be uplifting and empowering.

How I live my faith

I love working with children. Currently I have the privilege of serving in my Stake as the Nursery Leader. This is a calling that allows me to visit and provide leadership and assistance to those who care for and teach the 18-month to 3 1/2 year old children on Sunday mornings. I visit 4 or 5 of my neighbors each month to see how they are doing and offer help if there is some need that they have. It's so fun to get to know them and I don't feel isolated in my community.