Linda Draper

Linda Draper

University Communication Strategy Coordinator

Linda Draper was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She attended Ricks College prior to serving in the Texas Fort Worth mission. She graduated from BYU-Hawaii with a degree in English and Political Science.

Linda moved to Rexburg in 2003, and has been a communications specialist for LDS Philanthropies and BYU-Idaho for 15 years. She is currently a marketing strategy coordinator in University Relations.

Linda is a sister to three, niece to nine, cousin to 24, aunt to 9, great aunt to four, and auntie to 53. She is engaged to marry Ioobi Bunatao this August, and will then become the adopted mom to four children.

Linda enjoys home improvement projects, power tools, and outdoor activities, especially swimming. She also likes to pretend she has control over her life.

Spiritual Preparation

Please respond to the prompt below on the devotional discussion board:

Life can take some strange turns. There is a sizeable gap between the way I thought my life would go and how it has actually unfolded. How do we respond when our unique experience diverts from what we had hoped or planned for? I appreciate this advice from President Dallin H. Oaks:   

“If we have faith in God and if we are committed to the fundamentals of keeping His commandments and putting Him first in our lives, we do not need to plan every single event—even every important event—and we should not feel rejected or depressed if some things—even some very important things—do not happen at the time we had planned or hoped or prayed. . . . Faith and trust in the Lord give us the strength to accept and persist, whatever happens in our lives” (“Timing,” BYU Devotional, Jan. 29, 2002). 

And this supporting counsel from Elder Neal A. Maxwell:  

“The issue for us is trusting God enough to trust also His timing. If we can truly believe He has our welfare at heart, may we not let His plans unfold as He thinks best?” (Even As I Am, 1982, 93). 

How has being ready to act on the Lord’s timetable blessed your life?