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Hi I'm Linda Fullmer Wangsgard

I was born in Utah. I have lived on both coasts of the United States. I have 9 children, and 38 grandchildren. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t believe in a higher power. My parents weren't the church going type, but even as a child I felt secure in the fact that there was a God and He loved me, watched over me, would help me through trials, and trusted that I would become the best I could be. I had neighbors and friends who invited me to go to church, and I found greater understanding of our Heavenly Father through scriptures and prayer. In my 71 years on this earth, I have lived in Virginia, Utah and California, owned a motel business in Montana, taught swimming, and elementary school, am a Master gardener, and love genealogy. However my greatest joy comes from our family. I love each one of these 58 individuals that we belong to. I have each of their pictures in my home. We visit as often as possible,I remember their special occasions, we e-mail, text and call often. I rejoice when they have happy news, and my heart breaks when they are struggling. I know some of their hopes, dreams and talents. I trust each one of them to become the best they can become, and I believe they know that I would do anything to help them. Because of this, it does not seem strange to me that an all powerful Father-in-Heaven knows and cares for me in the same way, and He has provided a way that my family can be together in the eternities.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Utah. My family did not attend church, but as teachers, neighbors, and friends reached out to me, I had occasion to attend without my parents. It felt right to worship and have God be a part of my life. The teachings of the church felt comfortable, like an old sweater. As a teenager I decided to study the scriptures on my own, and test the things I was taught. I studied other faiths, and attended other churches with friends and neighbors when the occasion arose. I had been baptized at age 8 and attended faithfully, but I wanted a spiritual witness that this was really Christ's church restored, and the only one who could answer me was God. As a married wife and mother living in California, I finally got my own witness that this was the truth. I love the organization - the activities - the doctrine - the encouragement to reach out and lift those around me - the temple - the music - the community. I love the confidence that comes with knowing that because of the grace and loving kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ, all things are possible. Because of my many non-member friends, I have been given many (what I would call) anti-Mormon materials. I have read them all, prayed about them, and come away with a stronger-than-ever testimony that Joseph Smith did indeed see God the Father and His son Jesus Christ, and he was given the authority to establish His church on the earth in its purity. I love everything about this church!!!

How I live my faith

-Currently Doug and I are Stake Self-Reliance Specialists. We are implementing the churches self-reliance initiative that has been started in the U.S, after much success previously around the world. It has been such a blessing to understand this inspired course for all those who want to learn how to improve their temporal and spiritual lives. -We are leaving in a few days to start a 6 month mission at Cove Fort. -The last 3.5 years Doug and I have been able to serve my 90, and 93 year-old parents so they can stay in their home. This has been the best way we have found yet to follow in the footsteps of the Savior. Our mission is just 30 minutes away from their home, so we will be able to continue serving them as we serve at Cove Fort. - I and a partner visit a few women in their homes each month. My assignment is to watch over them, and be sure they know they have a friend who will be there for them in good times and bad. -I try to be a good neighbor and give freely of my time, talents and money to worthy causes. - I strive to become a better wife to my husband, a better daughter to my parents, a better grandma and mother to our posterity. -What would the Savior do? I ask myself that often, and try to get inspiration from the Lord to answer it.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Linda Fullmer Wangsgard
I love this question: To my born again friends: It seems to me that the main difference between your definition of grace and mine is the word "repentance". Jesus died so that we would have the gift of grace which opens the door for repentance. Without grace there would be no hope for any of us to enter heaven. A friend once told me "We are all on a conveyer belt to hell. The only question is if God reaches down to save us, or if we raise our hand to be saved." I believe the raising-of-the-hand version is the one taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That hand raising we call repentance. I can choose to humble myself, repent and then His perfectness covers me and my sins are forgiven. I do not feel this lessens His sacrifice - on the contrary- I feel it exalts Him, and encourages me on a daily basis to follow His example. I once heard a talk that described grace similar to a mother paying for piano lessons. They are paid in full, no reimbursement required, but her hope is that the student will take advantage of the gift to develop and grow by practicing. That is how I see grace: A completely free gift, but we decide how much we are willing to make use of it. Show more Show less