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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 31 + 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 67 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 the fact that Doug and I have been blessed with 9 children, 9 in-law children and 31 grandchildren. I love each one of these 50 individuals that make up my family. 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. He knows and loves each of His children. He trusts us to become the best we can become, and He will help us with anything.

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 I chair a committee that provides a once-a-month activity for all the ladies in our neighborhood. We plan events that assist those in need, teach each other new skills to strengthen our families, and have some good old fashioned fun. 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 support my husband who has a calling that takes quite a bit of time and preparation to bless the members of our church and community. We are looking forward to serving missions as soon as he is released.

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 - to the contrary, I feel it exalts Him, and encourages me on a daily basis to follow His example. Show more Show less