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Hi I'm Linda

My husband worked in the World Trade Center in New York City. Before September 11, the spirit told us to move away. We were safe.

About Me

I am a mother of 5, grandmother of 13 with another on the way. I love to read, fish and help others. After a mission to Uruguay, South America, I got a degree in Spanish. I am now in Florida helping my aging parents. I love to go occasionally to a local fishing pier at dusk and watch the brilliant sun set as well as the dolphins, manatees, fish and even sharks come through. When our kids and grandchildren come to visit we love to go to the beach. We also visit a nature preserve to see alligators and other wild life. What a wonderful world we live in.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was a toddler. The following year, they sacrificed to drive all of us from Illinois to Salt Lake City to be sealed together forever as a family. While growing up, I was taught the gospel by loving teachers. One thing that I have always done is OBSERVE. I saw the dedication of my parents. I thought a lot about everything going on around me. At a very early age I decided to find out for myself if the gospel was true. I observed, prayed, meditated and know that this is the true church of God. At this point I had to distance myself from some friends who were not good influences in my life. It was a lonely time, but well worth it. Since then, I have been blessed with many wonderful experiences reinforcing the reality of our Heavenly Father and His great plan for all of us. My husband used to work in the World Trade Center in New York City. A few years before the tragic day of September 11, the spirit encouraged us to move away from there. We didn't know why, but we were obedient. We were safe down in Tennessee when the towers came down. We have been through some very difficult times, job lay-offs, cars dying, house burning, illnesses, etc. But through it all, I know that my Heavenly Father is real. He loves me, watches over me. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that because of his loving sacrifice I can repent and be forgiven of my sins and buoyed up in times of weakness. He is my elder brother whom I love and admire and aspire to be more like Him every day. As we continue to live the gospel and be faithful, I look forward to many more years of being guided by the spirit in my life. I love the gospel and look forward to the time when the Savior will come again to reign upon this earth and bring peace to all mankind. That will be such a glorious time.

How I live my faith

While in Utah, I had the opportunity to help in the community. One year, on my birthday, I went out and found Family Friendly Businesses to be acknowledged by the community. Great birthday. I especially loved organizing a Sub-4-Santa in our city. We even did more than just gifts for children. We would find help for broken cars for the struggling families. This was very rewarding. With my husband, we co-founded a family week, a community council and an interfaith event. I loved working with so many wonderful people. I was also on the outreach council for a local hospital and the parks and trails advisory committee. I learned so much during this time, such an enriching experience. In the LDS Church, I have served in many capacities. I have been a visiting teacher since I turned 18 and became a member of the Relief Society, our women's organization. Because of this opportunity (and living in many areas of the country), I have been able to get to know so many wonderful women and their beautiful families. I have had the opportunities to get to know, love and help young mothers and aging sisters. I have been a Relief Society President, 3 times. I really enjoy teaching classes also. I first taught the adult class, Gospel Doctrine, when I was 20 years old. When teaching a class, we have a great opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of individuals. My biggest love is helping others. As times get tougher, there are more and more in need of love and help. When I was a young mother I was called to serve as the President of the Primary association. Helping with the little ones in the church was a ton of fun. I am getting older now, but am still busy with visiting teaching, being a Ward missionary and teaching new member discussions as well as doing a lot of genealogy. I look forward to continuing an active vibrant life of service. We are currently planning a huge Stake Family Day activity were everyone can just come with friends and have fun.