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Hi I'm Lynell

I'm a 30-something wife &mom of three girls, volunteer, and blog-writer...and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a wife and mother of 3 girls. I've been married for 15 years. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints years ago as a college student, because when the missionaries taught me about God and modern Prophets, I felt in my heart that what they were saying was real and true. Before that, I had never even believed in God because many of the things I'd heard about God & religion didn't make any sense to me. I finally had my questions answered!

Why I am a Mormon

After I joined the Church at age 18, a relative asked me why I hadn't picked a different Church - (like, maybe one that was closer to my house?). The thing is, I hadn't started out intending to join any Church. Most of my life, I didn't even believe in God. I'd always wanted to get married & have a family. After I started college, I began to realize that I would need a husband that had good values. Most of the guys that I knew were heavy drinkers and were mostly interested in partying. I knew that I would have to look somewhere else to find the kind of husband/father I was hoping for. I decided that a church-going young man would be the best bet for me. I didn't really believe in God, but I was less opposed to the idea of church than I had been in the past because of my plans for a family. I attended several churches in my area, but I wasn't comfortable with any of them. One day, a friend from high school invited me to go to church with her. It was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I arrived on Sunday, everyone was genuinely happy to see me. I felt like their beliefs, (though unfamiliar to me) were good. I felt peace. My friend introduced me to the missionaries, and I agreed to meet with them for a gospel presentation a few days later. When the missionaries started explaining the basics of the gospel to me, I was amazed. I had no idea that there was a way to really know for yourself what is true when it comes to religion. I had always felt like each person must be "on their own". To my surprise, I actually believed the things that they taught me and eventually decided to be baptized a few weeks later. So, in response to the question my relative had asked about why I didn't pick a more convenient church - I've learned that it really isn't about picking a church or just wanting to attend a church. I truly believe that God continues to call Prophets in modern times and that we can be a part of the Lord's restored gospel on the Earth today.

How I live my faith

One thing I really enjoy about Church is the opportunities for leadership and service that I probably wouldn't have otherwise as a stay-at-home mom. Over the years, I've served in various leadership positions and in other ways that served our church family as well as the community we live in. I always feel valued and serving others has been a great way to get to know people and make friends. I'm not perfect, but I feel like I am really making a contribution and setting a good example for my kids.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

My husband and I are equal partners in our family. Many people have a misconception about that. Sometimes people including relatives have told us that they thought our marriage would be John ordering me around and telling me what I could or couldn't do. I think this false idea comes from the fact that in our faith husbands are taught to be the leader of the home or "head of the family". I think you can probably see that in any religion or with people who aren't religious - some people of any religion may choose to bossy or abusive, but that is definitely not taught or allowed in our religion. In fact, we teach that a true "leader" can only lead if they are righteous because once you try to use your leadership to unrighteously control, force your opinion, or abuse in any way, you immediatelylose the influence of the Spirit of God. I think that sometimes when people hear the word "leader" they think that means something negative. In our home, it means that John is ultimately responsible for the family's well-being. He sees that our physical and spiritual needs are met. I choose to be a stay-at-home mom, so in our family that means that he is the breadwinner and I take care of the household during the day. Together, we make sure that we have family prayers and scripture study, and that we all get to Church & other activities. Many families I know choose to share family duties in other ways both parents work, etc. I think of a good leader being like Jesus Christ and how he led the twelve Apostles - he taught them the gospel, tried to help them be better, and encouraged them. I know thats how my husband tries to be as a father. He's not perfect and neither am I as a mother, but we try our best. Show more Show less