Robert & Linda Malseed
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Linda Gayle Baxter
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I was born on 1 Mar 1946 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  After graduating from Sandia High School in 1964, I attended the University of New Mexico for a little while, worked at Sandia National Labs, and then went to Silver City, New Mexico, to attend Western New Mexico University (WNMU).  WNMU was a highly rated school for educators.  I earned my bachelors degree in Elementary Education in 1970 and my masters degree in 1971.  Most of my teaching career was spent in the Belen school system in Belen, New Mexico.  I taught first, second, and third grade classes until 1989.


Travel:  Robert and I enjoy traveling around in our Safari Trek motor home.

Genealogy:  After inheriting several family histories, I began to look for information about my ancestors.  Robert is also interested in researching his family history.  We have combined travel and genealogy by making trips each year to the genealogical library in Salt Lake City.  We have uncovered much information.  (see Genealogy)  Among our findings are that we share a rich Christian spiritual heritage.  (see Testimony)

Silk Ribbon Embroidery:  I have been doing silk ribbon embroidery for several years, and have taught a couple classes at church.

Sampler detail Detail of a small portion of a Sampler project that I taught in our church's women's ministry.

(Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)
Blue Ribbon bear My blue ribbon winning teddy bear on display at the state fair.

Stained Glass:  

window.jpg (24275 bytes) This is a stained glass window I made for my brother's house.

Tole Painting:  

lindas_tole.jpg (11291 bytes) One of my tole painting projects.

Giraffes:  I have been collecting Giraffes for many years.  We have hundreds around the house.  (Pictures, figurines, jewelry, etc.  Not real ones.)  We also had a Giraffe mural painted on the back of our motor home.

trek_mural.jpg (14762 bytes) Mural on our Safari Trek.


I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior during Vacation Bible School after the 3rd grade.  I was blessed with a wonderful Christian heritage, a great-grandfather and a great-great-grandfather who were pastors of their respective Mennonite Brethren churches in Oklahoma and Kansas.  I remember my mother telling me how my grandparents prayed for their future grandchildren even though they had never met us.  Through the loving guidance of my parents, Sunday School teachers, prayers, Vacation Bible School, and experiences the Lord sent my way to show me my need for Him, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  Growing up, I was very shy and found that relying on prayer and trusting the Lord got me through this shyness and drew me out of it.  The Lord gently guided me to the college He knew was best for me and teaching position experiences with the people that would continue to help me grow in my Christian walk.  I have learned to trust the Lord in everything.  This isnít always easy, but the Bible assures me, "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalms 37:4)  I have seen Him be faithful to His promises in many ways.  The Lord has opened and closed doors of opportunity to guide me.  In 1978, the Lord brought Robert to me.  We were married when I was 33.  (Sometimes the Lord teaches us patience, but waiting on His best is always best.)  I have been active in serving at Hoffmantown Church, and have been singing soprano in the choir since 1978.  God has given me great peace in knowing that I continue to propagate that Christian heritage that He gave me.

One doesn't have to have a great spiritual heritage to find peace in a personal relationship with the Lord.  That relationship is a free gift from the Lord and, in fact, there are no prerequisites for receiving it at all!  Having Christian ancestors doesn't make anyone a Christian - it just helps you realize that you need that free gift.

Like all gifts, you get to make a choice to accept the gift or reject the gift.  I realized for the first time that I wanted to receive the gift when I was 8 years old.  I knew about the gift but I had never received it.  Until you receive it, you are rejecting the gift.  How about you?  Have you asked God for His gift?  It is never too late!

God's Promise
Eternal life is a gift you cannot earn.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23 NIV

Receive Him
Simply knowing about the gift of Jesus isn't enough. Knowing about Jesus doesn't make you a Christian... receive Him.
"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" John 1:12 NIV

You can accept this spiritual gift by simply asking God. It's called prayer and it could be as simple as the following sample;

God, I know I am a sinner and I ask your forgiveness. The best way I know how I ask for the gift through your Son Jesus who died for me and rose from the grave so that I might have eternal life. Thank you God. In Jesus' name, Amen.

If this prayer sincerely reflects your heart then God says that you are his child. John 1:12 Congratulations!

Christianity is not a religion it is a relationship.

If I can help you with this decision about being a Christian let me know. 

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