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Hi I'm Lindon

I'm a Air Force officer who loves all things weather, space, and sun...but my wife and three kids are the true light of my life.

About Me

I was born and raised in a Latter-day Saint family in Utah. Right out of high school I joined the Air Force ROTC and earned a degree in Meteorology at the University of Utah. During that time I also served a two-year mission for my Church in Guatemala. It was the happiest time of my life as I shared true principles with others and was immersed in the God's Spirit. A few years later I met my wonderful wife and married her in a Latter-day Saint Temple. Since then I have lived in six different U.S. states and South Korea. Along the way I have been blessed with three fantastic kids. My favorite military assignment was a solar radio observatory in northern Massachusetts. Science and spirituality have always gone hand-in-hand throughout my life. It seems impossible to increase in one without strengthening the other. A few of my favorite things include weather, astronomy, shooting, amateur radio, exercising, and outdoor adventures.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many Latter-day Saints born in Utah, I've been a member of the Church all my life. Nonetheless I needed to be personally converted and learn for myself that this is Jesus Christ's true gospel. Growing up I always felt the goodness of the Book of Mormon and felt that going to church was the right thing to do. At the age of 19 I chose to serve a two-year mission preaching the Gospel in Guatemala, even though I didn't necessarily have an absolute knowledge that my beliefs were true. About a year into my mission I had a incredible personal experience in which the Holy Ghost confirmed that the Book of Mormon is indeed true. That convincing experience, given to me straight from God, has formed the bedrock of my testimony that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that His Gospel is again on the earth. I say "again" because its full, pure truth was lost over the centuries following Jesus' death. But God has restored it and it will never again be taken from the Earth. The Book of Mormon proves this and stands today as another testament of Jesus Christ. When the Holy Ghost taught me that the Book of Mormon was true, I also knew that Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. Furthermore, truth is self-confirming! Living true principles always brings positive results (blessings as we call them). If you plant and nurture a grape vine, in time it will bring you delicious grapes...not thorns. My life has been filled to overflowing with precious fruit--peace, love, happiness, faith, spiritual guidance, and confidence during troubled times--because I've tried to live by the principles taught in the Book of Mormon and in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through the scientific method, I have tested the "hypothesis" of this religion and confirmed it so soundly with results that it is no longer hypothesis nor theory to me...but absolute fact! How can that knowledge NOT change one's life amazingly for the better? It has for me.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day by following the Savior's example and living His teachings. The greatest of His teachings is to love one another as He loved us. It's interesting to say, but being a father has especially helped me live my faith. The love I feel for my children is so hard to describe. In my interactions with other people, I try to treat them with same the love and consideration that their own fathers would. Immediately I'm filled with compassion for them, though I may barely know them! Our Heavenly Father indescribably loves all of His children, just like earthly fathers love theirs. What father does not pray daily that his children will be blessed, protected, and shown kindness by those around them? Additionally, I try to live my faith by being loyal to Heavenly Father. If I know a principle to be true, I strive to live by it. If the Lord asks something of me, either through an inspired Church leader or through the influence of the Holy Ghost, I make every effort to do it. My life has been amazingly blessed from daily, simple acts of obeying God's commandments. I have come to know that Heavenly Father pours out great favors on those who trust in Him. Furthermore I've come to realize that life is a test. I mean, I REALLY know it. The sorrows and sufferings we face on earth are hard to bear, but if faithfully endured they will improve us exactly as the Lord intends. When faced with choices between right and wrong, I've tried to let true teachings from God's living prophets and the scriptures guide my decisions. In so doing, my soul has found peace and circumstances always seem to turn in my favor. This direct evidence of God strengthens my faith, empowering me to confidently press forward through the school of life. As Mormons we believe that we chose to leave our Heavenly Father for a short period in order to gain experience on earth, knowing that it would be well worth it. We need to trust ourselves...and most of all trust our Heavenly Father.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Developing self-reliance is one of the best ways we can improve our situations! It essentially means doing things ourselves instead of expending resources to have someone else do it for us. From home repairs, to vehicle maintenance, to food storage...self-reliance saves tons of money and teaches you valuable skills. Who isn't happy after saving money and learning new tricks? Concerning emergency preparedness, have you ever delayed on purchasing something important, only to see that it cost much more by the time you finally bought it? That's a miserable feeling. Trying to acquire basic necessities like food, water, batteries, etc., in the face of--or wake of--a natural disaster is misery multiplied by panic. I've been to the local super-retail store right before a tropical storm hit (not even a hurricane!) and it was a scene of chaos. Once the shelves went empty, supply and demand bred a fertile ground for price gouging amongst the citizenry. Emergency preparedness will spare you and your family from such desperation. Know that there isn't a square centimeter of this earth that is immune from natural or man-made disaster. By wisely preparing beforehand, we can be ready for unexpected calamity--including economic downturn--and obtain the peace promised in the modern-day scripture. "if ye are prepared ye shall not fear." Show more Show less