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Hi I'm Krista Lynn

I'm an adoptive mother and a cancer survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been happily married to my high school sweetheart for more than 20 years, and we are the lucky parents of two children through the miracle of adoption. I work from home as a technical writer and management consultant. My hobbies are singing, writing, martial arts, helping my daughter prepare for kindergarten, and cheering my son at his baseball games. In 2005 I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, and I have long outlived my prognosis. Meanwhile, I find joy in mentoring others who are facing common challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into a Mormon family, but I would also consider myself a convert. I am a Mormon today, not because of tradition, but because I have learned for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is truly the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon many times, and the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me that it is the word of God. I know that priesthood authority resides in this Church, having been restored from its original source. As a result, essential ordinances are performed correctly and under proper authorization. These ordinances, and the Book of Mormon, help me know and draw closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. I have been baptized and I have received the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. I have been endowed in the temple and sealed to my family for time and all eternity. These blessings have been a lifeline for me through every adversity that I have faced, bringing peace and joy in any circumstance.

How I live my faith

I serve in the church as a teacher, a music chairperson, a choir director, and a cub scout den leader. I am also a visiting teacher to three wonderful women in my congregation, and treasure their friendships. My favorite calling is in the home, teaching my children the gospel through family scripture study, family home evenings/family gospel study, and family prayer. I also enjoy personal time to study the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and I keep a study journal to capture the treasures that I find during my studies. I pray, and I know that my prayers are heard.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Krista Lynn
We know that baptism is a necessary ordinance, and we know that God loves all of His children -- not just those who were fortunate to live at a time when baptism was available. We learn from 1 Peter 3:18-20 that the gospel was preached to those who were dead. The preaching of the gospel would be useless to these individuals unless it were possible for them to receive the ordinance of baptism. Being separated from their bodies in death, these persons have access to this ordinance through the vicarious (proxy) ordinances performed in the temple. As with living persons, baptism must be willingly accepted. Proxy baptisms are only valid if the person for whom the ordinance is performed is willing to accept it. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Krista Lynn
"And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil. And the law is given unto men. And by the law no flesh is justified; or, by the law men are cut off. Yea, by the temporal law they were cut off; and also, by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good, and become miserable forever. Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered. Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise. Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved" (2 Nephi 2:5-9) Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Krista Lynn
We believe in the intercessory prayer offered by our Savior, Jesus Christ: "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3). We believe that whosoever believeth in Jesus Christ "should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:15). We also believe that God's work and glory is "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Krista Lynn
2 Nephi 25:23: "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." We cannot be saved without faith in Jesus Christ, as His grace pays a price that we cannot pay. As we accept Jesus Christ, we accept His gospel of faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. We strive to keep His commandments. We exercise our faith in Jesus Christ by striving to follow His example. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Krista Lynn
Modesty and chastity are both expressions of respect and reverence for the sacred in ourselves and others. I have taught my children that when their dress and behavior are respectful, they encourage others to treat them with respect. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Krista Lynn
The Book of Mormon is an inspired translation of ancient records dating from 2000 BC - 400 AD, containing the history and testimonies of American inhabitants. Some originated from Jerusalem around 600 BC, and some originated at the time/location of the Tower of Babel. Every prophet mentioned in the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ. After the Resurrection and Ascension, Jesus Christ appeared to these "other sheep" that are mentioned in John 10:16. What is remarkable about the Book of Mormon is that it offers evidence of the divinity of Jesus Christ, it explains his gospel with plainness, and it exhorts every reader to learn for themselves whether it is true. I have learned for myself that it is true, and I love studying it regularly along with the Bible, to draw nearer to my Savior. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Krista Lynn
Jesus Christ provided the example for us to follow in our interactions with others. We know that charity is the pure love of Christ, and that we must develop this love in order to truly be his disciples. I also know that Jesus Christ has been extremely patient and generous with me, and quick to forgive and encourage me. This motivates me to try and be likewise with those around me. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Krista Lynn
We believe that the Lord does, and to do so He uses an orderly, peaceful means of succession in the presidency of the Church. Show more Show less