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Hi I'm linda grimsrud

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. My parents joined the church when I was 2. I have 7 kids and am an RN part time.

About Me

My family is my life. I love them more than anything. I have 7 kids - never changed a diaper until I had my first - I was a complete amateur. I got my B.S. in Psychology at BYU where I met and married my hubs. 5 years later I went back to school and got my RN. I've been working part time in that field ever since. I like to grow things - plants, food, and children. I enjoy spending time with my family and kids - hanging out on the weekends, vacations, reading to the kids, going to amusement/water parks with them, having lunch with them at school, and attending their extra-curricular activities. I am certified in BLS, ACLS, NRP, lactation, and grief counseling. I took up running 3 1/2 years ago to fight the middle age sags. My goal now is to run a half marathon in the leukemia and lymphoma run in San Francisco next fall. Now it is next fall and I am running in the Nike/LLS half marathon on Oct. 19th.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member all of my life so gaining a strong belief in God, Jesus and the Gospel was not a one time event for me, but a process. As a teen, I had to decide what I really believed rather than just rely on my parents' faith. As a result of making my own decisions, I made some serious mistakes. The pain, grief, and guilt that resulted led me to understand that what the "old men" on TV told us at general conference time was really the truth. Our church leaders speak to us twice a year from Salt Lake and I thought they were just a bunch of old men who couldn't possibly understand what it's like to be a young person. Boy was I wrong. They said that the commandments were not outdated or old fashioned and they are right! I learned for myself that true happiness and peace come from living the commandments and following the teachings of Christ. I have had some really good times and some really hard, bad times. I have been blessed with 7 living children. My 2nd child was stillborn, my oldest daughter had 2 bouts of Hodgkin's lymphoma during which my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and 3 of my children have left the church. These things have brought me a lot of grief and pain, but there have also been blessings - the cancer girl is almost 5 years out from her last cancer treatment and graduated from law school. Unfortunately, she has not come back to church. One of my inactive sons has asked me why I don't just leave the church too to avoid the grief and pain. I thought about this, but realized I just couldn't because I know the teachings of the church and the gospel are true and correct. All I can do is hope and pray that one day they have a change of heart, love them unconditionally, keep the faith, and try to be a good example to them.

How I live my faith

I have helped many bereaved mothers whose babies have died as part of my nursing career. It's some of the hardest work I have ever done, but some of the most rewarding too. I have served in the church in many different ways over the years. I have been a "visiting teacher" my whole adult life. In our church, we take care of each others' needs through women visiting 2 or 3 other women once a month. We visit in pairs and get to know each other, help each other, and become friends. I have visited a woman who is my mom's age for about 3 years now. At first I didn't think we'd have much in common, but I was wrong, and she has become a dear friend. I have also worked with the children - teaching and caring for the youngest ones while their parents attended Sunday School or served as teachers. I taught the 16 and 17 year old young women for 5 1/2 years - my favorite. I will always consider these young women "my girls." When our kids were younger, we offered and took into our home 2 different young women for 6 months each when they needed a stable place to be. I currently teach cub scouts - I have 3 sons who attained the Eagle rank and I hope some of these boys do the same. This past summer I served as the girls' camp nurse. The 12-17 year old girls go to camp for a week each summer. I had a great time and really enjoyed getting to know the girls. Our youngest son has chosen to serve a mission and has been in the California/Bakersfield area for almost a year. We miss him terribly, but know he is serving the Lord by sharing the message of the Gospel with others. We couldn't be happier about the choices he has made, where he is, or what he is doing.

What do Mormons believe about family?

linda grimsrud
Family is central to our spiritual progression and development. Growing up in the church I always heard that family is important, but I didn't really realize why it was so important until I had my first child. It was like a light bulb that went on in a dark closet. Children teach parents unselfishness and Christlike love more effectively than any other experience ever could. There was no way anyone could explain this to me without my becoming a parent myself. Show more Show less