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Hi I'm Linda

I was raised in the Catholic faith. I had questions about the purpose of life. I found the answers. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I loved my childhood! I grew up attending a parochial school and went to the Catholic Church each Sunday with my family. I loved to swim and do springboard diving and synchronized swimming. I competed in each of these while growing up and eventually coached all three at the recreational and/or high school levels. I began to have questions about life and it's purpose when I was in college. This led me to investigate other religions, often "church shopping" on Sundays with my college roommates. I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 20 years old. I married when I was 22 and we raised a family of 6 children. We have 11 grandchildren. I enjoy reading, walking and watching springboard diving during the Olympics.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in my first year of college I began to have questions like: Does it really matter what we do while on this earth? Are there consequences to sin? What happens to us when we die? Although my college roommates and I attended many churches over the course of a semester, none provided solid answers to my questions. Meanwhile, you need to understand the background of the circumstances I was in.. The year was 1971, the hippy movement was in full-swing, and moral values were on the decline. I was dating a young man who was pushing me to take the relationship to the next level by moving in with him, but I couldn't let go of the morals I had been raised with. Was I prudish and old-fashioned for not adopting the new standard the world was declaring to be right? One day I was pondering all this while sitting outside the door of my history class waiting for the professor to come. I was joined by a young man whom I recognized as one who usually sat behind me in class. He noticed I was deep in thought and asked me what I was thinking about. Usually being shy around young men, I surprised myself when I blurted out: "Have you ever wondered why we're here on earth and what happens to us when we die? I mean do our actions have any consequences later?" This young man's face lit up and he said: "Boy have I got answers for you!" It turns out he was a recently returned missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and had spent two years teaching about those very things. He invited me to meet with him and two other "young men" who could answer all my questions. Of course the two other "young men" were missionaries for the Church. Our meeting was interesting, but did not really answer my questions. During those days, the missionaries had an order to the lessons they taught, and they did not vary from the order. My questions fell into lessons #2 and #3. Lesson #1 was the one they taught, and it left me with more questions and no answers. However, that was not to be my last contact with members of the Mormon Church. That summer I was employed at a local swimming pool teaching swimming and diving lessons. There were ten of us who worked together that summer, and I was the only female. I soon came to realize that not only was I the only female, I was also the only non-member of the Church. I was invited to every youth dance and activity possible and enjoyed one of the most memorable summers of my life. I made a whole new circle of friends who knew how to have a good time without drinking or using drugs. They did not use profanity and were very respectful and kind to me. I began to wonder if it could be their religion that had such a big influence on the kind of people that they were. Then three things happened that influenced me in my decision to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. First, the pool manager invited me to attend Church with him and his family. I don't remember anything in particular that was said that Sunday, but I do remember how I FELT. There was a spirit in the meeting which I had not felt in all my "church shopping" days. There was a RIGHTNESS that I felt in being there. Second, I agreed to meet with the missionaries once more. The same feeling I had while attending church hit me when the missionaries taught me that it was possible to extend the family relationships we have in this life into the eternities. Somehow I KNEW that to be true. I felt like I had always known it. The third thing happened when the missionaries gave me a Book of Mormon and asked me to read it and to pray to know if the book was the word of God. That was my biggest challenge. I didn't know how I was supposed to KNOW! Would I have a vision, or hear a voice telling me it was? I read and prayed and read and prayed. Finally I remember telling Heavenly Father that I would not go to bed that night until I had received my answer. It was a long night. I never did see a vision or hear a voice, but in the morning I KNEW. A sweet peace filled my heart. I felt happy and excited and SURE. I made my decision at that point and knew that more than anything else, I wanted to be baptized a member of this Church.

How I live my faith

Currently my husband and I are serving a full-time, three year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We oversee 160 missionaries and are responsible for their health, safety and spiritual training. This has been the most wonderful opportunity of my lifetime. We work along side of some of the most wholesome and positive young adults around, and like each of them, we are privileged to share the good news that the Church of Jesus Christ has been re-established on the earth and that the answers to life's questions can be found in a volume of scripture known as the Book of Mormon.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Linda
This was one of the main questions I had when I was "church shopping." I am grateful to now know the answer. We believe that the purpose of life is to prepare to meet God - to live with Him eternally. One of the greatest gifts God has given us is that of our free agency, or the power to choose right from wrong. Our life is filled with choices each day, and each day we exercise that agency in the choices we make. Do our choices put us on a path that will lead us back to God? By reading the scriptures such as the Bible and the Book of Mormon, we can learn about the commandments God has given us, His expectations if you will, that will lead us back to Him. In exchange for our choosing to be obedient to His commandments, He offers us eternal life, living with our family and Him forever. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Linda
I have now been a member of the Mormon Church for 37 years. Being a member of the Church is like joining a large family. We visit each other monthly, we worship together weekly and we have many opportunities to serve each other. The Church has a large variety of youth programs and activities for men and women. All of these are staffed by us as members who without monetary recompense, gain valuable experience in teaching and leadership. We feel great joy and satisfaction as we are involved in this service. Being a member of the Mormon Church is a way of life. We are dedicated to teaching our children correct principles so that from an early age they may know the blessings that come from making right choices as they go through life. For me, personally, deciding to be baptized a member of this Church was the best decision I could ever have made, for myself and for the family we have raised! Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Linda
Yes! We believe that through the power of the priesthood (the same priesthood held by Jesus Christ), sacred ordinances performed in the temple can unite a husband and wife as well as their children for eternity. It makes such perfect sense that a loving Heavenly Father would want us to develop these family ties in this life and then extend those relationships into the eternities!  Show more Show less