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Hi I'm Linda

I have always lived in Utah. I love it here! My husband and I have a family of eight boys. Life is good and I am a Mormon!

About Me

My name is Linda. I have always been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My husband and I are the parents of eight boys. The oldest is 44 and the youngest is 24. All have served two year missions for the Church. I loved being a mother and stayed at home to raise them. My husband was very supportive and worked very hard to make this possible. All of our children are married in the temple and as they begin their families they too have chosen to have the mother at home. It isn't the easy way, but it is best when mothers can nurture and care for their own children . No one will love and care for children as well as their own parents. We now have 30 grandchildren and we have decided to serve a mission ourselves. We will miss our very large family, but I know all will be well. We have faith and a desire to do all we can to help others find the blessings we have been blessed with. We are anxious to do the will of our Father in Heaven.

Why I am a Mormon

It was easy to be a Mormon in Utah. I grew up thinking everyone was. My fathers family immigrated from Holland and my mothers family originally from Whales came across the plains with the pioneers. Stories were told of trials my ancestors went through just to get here and through much tribulation founded places where there was nothing but rocks and dirt. I was pleased to belong to an amazingly strong,courageous and obedient people. As I became more aware of the world and finding out that not everyone was Mormon, I never lost my appreciation for what my ancestors did for their families in trying to keep religious freedom. On my mothers side, I have visited the land they were asked to settle in Southern Utah. It is a harsh land and they literally built a road on the side of a cliff to get their wagons to that place. It was arduous and unforgiving territory. But more amazing, they never gave up in their obedience to the Prophet in accomplishing what he asked them to do. On my fathers side, his mother was disowned by her family because she followed her husband here to be with the Church as he made a better life for their family. She prayed to know if she should stay or go and asked God that a white bird could come to her window stoop if she should go on to be with her husband. Heavenly Father sent instead hundreds of white butterflies all around her window in the dead of winter. She knew that she had her answer. None of her family members came to see her off with her two little boys. I am sure her heart was broken. She was escorted across the ocean by missionaries from the church and she never saw her family again. These stories of my loved ones, along with many others of similar nature and sacrifice, inspire me to keep the course and to hold on to all that they sacrificed for. Their testimonies inspire my own and together we have woven a fabric of truth and righteousness that will be passed on for generations to come and will stand the test of time.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve in our church. I have worked with the young women, cub scouts, young children, and organized many church functions and neighborhood parties. Mostly I have worked with the young children. I have loved them all and have learned more from them than they probably have learned from me. Once while I was teaching, one little boy was disruptive and frustrated. I stepped out into the hall with him. I knelt down so I could look into his eyes and ask a sincere question about his behavior. When I asked him why he was so wiggly that day, he honestly answered, "Because I am so hungry!" I told him I was hungry too, and that I had a little food in the closet and would he be able to last if I gave him some? He agreed quickly and off we went to get a little snack. He then settled down and participated much better. Children are special and so simple and honest. I find great joy working with them.