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Hi I'm Lyndsay

I'm a mother, a wife, a graphic designer, an author, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My days are spent chasing little ones, escaping laundry, and pursuing the creative. We recently moved to the mountains of Heber City, UT, where we spend a lot of time gasping at the beauty right out our front door. I'm learning to balance form, function, and family as a stay/work-at-home mom. I am a convert to the Church. And my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ defines who I am as a wife, a mother, and a daughter of God.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2002. I grew up in a loving home, where I was taught to have a relationship with God. I attended church fairly regularly at the Episcopal church close to our home. I was active in my youth group, and often read books about spirituality. But certain questions repeatedly went unanswered. Though I was very happy, I felt there was more to faith than what I was finding. When I was about 21 and in Graduate School, I started wondering if there is a church today that is similar to the structure of the church when Christ was on the earth. Wouldn't that offer some definitive answers? I just didn't connect with the youth programs on campus, and didn't attend church. But I thought about spiritual things often—quietly feeling a void that needed to be filled. Then I met my (future) husband. There was an instant feeling that I knew him. There was no question that something was different about him and our relationship. There was one small detail, though. He was a Mormon. I didn't know much about his faith or the LDS Church. His faith was very important to him. And since he was so important to me, I wanted to learn a little more about what it meant to be Mormon. He didn't push his beliefs, and was patient and answered questions when I asked. When I felt I was ready, I began to attend mid-week bible study for students (called Institute), and Sunday services. I recognized immediately that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints felt truly genuine. Here were all of these students my age, like me in many ways, but they were so dedicated to their faith. And they were so NORMAL! I felt a real connection with the friends I was making, and the principles I was learning. The LDS Church was a very natural fit. It was then that I asked to take the missionary discussions and learn more. I was especially careful to express that this was my own choice. I was not doing this for anyone else. I wanted to do it for me. I began to meet with the Sister Missionaries—two young women my age, who were dedicating a year and a half of their lives to sharing the message of the Gospel. I tried to listen to what they had to say with an open heart and mind. Consistently, our weekly meetings brought clarity and answers to questions I had been looking for. It felt just like "remembering." And when I didn't understand something, I was encouraged to pray about it, and receive an answer for myself. I learned some very significant things. I learned that the LDS Church is a restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. That God knows and loves me, and has a plan for me. I learned that I can ask anything in faith through prayer, and it can be answered. That our families can be sealed together for eternity. I felt at once a happiness and an urgency. I knew what I was hearing was important. I knew I wanted to be a part of it, and that it was already a part of me. I made the decision to be baptized. It was not without personal sacrifice and concern for my family's feelings. But I wanted to do what I knew was the right thing for me. I remember being confirmed as a member of the Church—the day after being baptized—when worthy hands of the Priesthood were placed on my head, and the gift of the Holy Ghost was bestowed upon me. I felt a literal rush of warmth and peace. That day I was gifted with the guidance and comfort that I had been looking for.

How I live my faith

Faith is not something only reserved for Sundays. It is an integral part of our lives. We live our faith in the way we care for our family. We strive to be good neighbors and members of our community. We pray together as a family, and even our very young children have learned to bow their heads or say "amen." Faith, the principles of the gospel, and spiritual themes are a regular part of our conversation and day-to-day life. We are also active in our church. The church building is just down the street. In our ward (another word for congregation), my husband teaches Sunday School. And I serve in the Young Women program. I organize activities, teach occasional lessons on Sunday, and provide support and guidance for the girls.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Lyndsay
The Temple is sacred, not secret. You may have heard that saying before. But it is one of the best ways to explain it. The Temple is the house of the Lord. We go to the Temple to make covenants with God, learn and progress, and seal our families together for eternity, generation to generation. Because of the sacred nature of the Temple, we do not speak openly and casually about it, even among members. It is important for Members to be spiritually ready to receive the knowledge and blessings of the Temple. When I joined the Church, I was required to wait one year before going to the Temple. I took a Temple preparation class to learn about the commitment I was going to be making. The LDS Church has many wonderful publications about the history, purpose, and use of ancient and modern Temples. Photos of beautiful Temple interiors, and more in-depth information about the importance and purpose of Temples make them a great resource. The LDS Missionaries can provide you with these publications. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Lyndsay
Absolutely! Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our faith. Like many other Christian denominations, we know him as our Savior. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint is a restoration, not a reformation, of the original church organized when Christ was on the earth. We believe in the Bible (both the Old and New Testament), as well as the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is holy scripture, similar to the Bible, and also testifies of Christ. In all that we do, we strive to grow closer to Christ. He is our brother and our redeemer. We believe he is central to a great and wonderful plan our Father in Heaven has for us. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Lyndsay
My favorite answer to the first part of this question is something my husband likes to say, which has a sweet and honest sentiment: "Men need the priesthood so that they can be more like women." The priesthood is the authority to act in the name of God. This, for example, is used in ordinances such as baptism, or to give blessings of health and comfort. Women have innate qualities in our very nature which are essential to the balance of the Church. I have personal gifts as a woman that my husband doesn't have. I can serve in capacities that he cannot. In no way do I feel left out, or of less significance because I don't hold the priesthood. I have been given equally important blessings and abilities as a woman, wife, and mother. Women have innumerable opportunities to serve and lead within the Church. Holding the priesthood does not equate to holding a position of power. Women are asked to serve within the church in many important capacities, including performing sacred Temple ordinances reserved only for women. The Relief Society is the global organization for women within the Church, and it is one of the largest women's organizations in the world. Womanhood and motherhood are celebrated, respected, and honored. Women are considered equal in the Church, and there is no sexual discrimination. And while men administer the actions of the priesthood, both men and women receive the same blessings of the priesthood. Together, we are able to support and sustain each other. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Lyndsay
Yes. We believe in and study from both the Old and New Testament. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Lyndsay
I have always believed in God. From the time I was very small I knew He was there, listening to me. I was raised in a loving family that acknowledged the presence of God. There has never been a point in my life when I questioned the existence of God. I felt Him in every joy and blessing. I felt Him when I was in pain or emotionally hurting. I felt Him guiding me to make decisions in my life. And even though I cannot see Him, I just know with a certainty that there is a God who loves me—that he is my Father in Heaven. It's been a truth in my life that I have been able to carry with me, without fail. It is the reason I was so open to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the truths I was learning about God. To me, many things tell me there is a God. I see patterns and miracles in the structure and existence of life on Earth. I see God in my children every single day. I see God working in my family and marriage. I see small and simple things happening every day, that add up to great courses of direction in my life. For me, this is God's hand. Just as I can feel the wind, but see only its effect, so I see God. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Lyndsay
The Holy Ghost is also known as the comforter, or the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Ghost, we can feel love and peace. We can pray and have impressions or receive answers from the Holy Ghost. The Spirit testifies of truth. Having the Holy Ghost with us means we are blessed with a stronger, closer relationship with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We can listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, which will always guide us in the right direction. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Lyndsay
We believe that the family is the most important unit on Earth. We also believe that families can be together forever. In holy Temples, families are sealed together for all eternity. We will not be separated by death. Instead we will be with our loved ones again, even after our earthly lives end. I love and rely on this wonderful promise. Show more Show less