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Hi I'm Lynda

I am a teacher, a program director, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the small town of Cottonwood, Arizona, USA. I was born the day the Russian satellite, Sputnik, went into the sky. I came into the world at a time when science and new discoveries were changing the way people would live and believe. Although I was taught the LDS faith as a child and baptized when I was 8, I drifted away in my youth. I spent many years exploring other beliefs and philosophies. After a turbulent, whirlwind season in the world, I came back to the LDS faith in 1981. For the first time, I studied the gospel teachings with more than mortal curiosity. I prayed to know on a spiritual level if the Book of Mormon was true and if God really knew and cared about me. I received undeniable answers to these and other important questions. Since that time I have developed a relationship with my Father in Heaven that continues to direct my life to this day. Over the years I have lived many places and taken on many roles. I taught Sociology for 20 years at various colleges across 4 different states. I have managed non-profit organizations and worked with programs of all sorts, including: HIV/AIDS intervention, suicide prevention, community mental health, and working with felons coming out of prison. I met many great folks along the way who taught me a lot. My husband and I are currently serving as full time missionaries for the LDS church in Auckland, New Zealand. Our assignment is to support family history throughout the Pacific.

Why I am a Mormon

I have many friends of other faiths. I am glad that my religion encourages me to be open and accepting of others while I do the best I can to live my own beliefs. One of our "Articles of Faith", a set of statements about our basic beliefs, states: "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege - Let the worship where, what, and how they may". I am eager to invite others to learn more about my faith if they are open to it. Still, I can respect other people who believe differently or who may live by different standards. Jesus Christ taught that we should love our neighbors - even those who may be very different from ourselves. I have a strong testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me follow that teaching.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have had many opportunities to learn and grow through giving service to my church. I have at various times taught young children, high school aged youth, and adults. I enjoy teaching classes for my church as it helps me to gain a better understanding for myself about the principles of the gospel. An important part of living the gospel for me is attending the temple regularly. I am so grateful that we now have temples all over the United States and throughout the world. Where ever we may go we make it a priority to find our closest temple and worship there as often as possible.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Lynda
The people I am closest to in my personal life are those who I can be open and honest with. My very best friends are those who I talk to on a regular basis and who I take the time to listen to and get to know well. Those same principles hold true for getting to know Father in Heaven. When I pray with sincerity, opening up my heart to share my true feelings and concerns, I allow myself to open to Him. When I study the scriptures as if I just received a letter from a dear family member or friend, I find passages that feel like they are meant especially for me. So long as I am conducting my life in such a way that I can be worthy of having the Holy Ghost with me (which doesn't mean I have to be perfect, but I have to be truly trying to follow the gospel teachings to the best of my ability), then I begin to receive impressions and promptings that strengthen my testimony and help me know for sure that Heavenly Father truly does know who I am. He loves me and wants the best for me. He wants to to come home to Him. That makes me even more dedicated to living my life so that one day we can be together again. Show more Show less