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Hi I'm Lynn Marie

About Me

As you can see from the photo, I'm an older woman. I was divorced after 43 years of emotional abuse, and am now creating a new world as a writer. I'm a woman who stepped away from my marriage without even a place to go. Only $300 in my pocket, five suitcases, my keyboard, and a laptop. Disabilities from two previous brain tumors meant I couldn't return to my career as a musician and teacher. Various members of the Church offered me safe beds to keep me off the street; I ate granola bars and drank apple juice because they were easy to store in a bag. The pain from sleeping on uncomfortable beds meant writing most of the night on my laptop. I wrote and wrote until I had written thirteen books. I was transient for twenty months in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Canada, before the Lord placed me in the Rockies. I have neither family nor friends here, but I have the Lord. I remain poor and with little more than I had when I left the marriage, but I am now a writer who touches the lives of others I've never met. I hear back from readers, wondering how they see such things in my books when I see them as simple reading. Yet, they contain not only the fun in life, the difficulties we older single people face, but my testimony of the Lord's creations. My love of the Lord. Now terminally ill with my third tumor, my life continues to have purpose because of those books and the many people I meet on Facebook. And, because I am and always will be a Daughter of my Father-in-Heaven.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess one must ask if they believe in God first. I did that when a teenager. I was raised in the Church, but we all go through a process of conversion. My earthly father taught me to be an independent thinker so I was. Much to his chagrin. However, it has proven an asset as you can see above. Next, if God is real, who is He? That meant I had to find the real personage: did He have a body or was He the invisible, all present spirit as spoken of by other churches? Recently, because of my many non-member friends on Facebook, I've considered the problem of how does one tell who God is. The easy answer lies in the New Testament. When the Savior was resurrected back into His body, why did He bother if it was a ruse? If He is now part of God and nothing more than spirit, why the charade? Why does almost every religion around the world teach of the resurrection if no one really believes in it? Why have our bodies eternally if God Himself doesn't? The resurrection and the Atonement make no sense if Jesus discarded His body after He left the earth. If He has a body, then it makes no sense that His Father wouldn't have a body. So, for those friends who believe in the Savior, I ask why is there a resurrection for Us if the Lord is invisible and the Savior isn't real. As for belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I know that Joseph Smith saw God in the flesh. And, I know that many prophets since him have seen the Savior as they call upon Him. Many times we aren't told because it is by faith that we live the Gospel, not by gossip or requiring constant visible evidence. Laman and Lemuel had true knowledge yet denied the faith. Faith is what lies in the heart, not the eyes. The testimony of the Holy Ghost is more powerful than seeing God. However, whatever knowledge we wish to attain, we can ask for, and receive. If we are willing to make the sacrifices necessary, many of them painful in life.

How I live my faith

The depth of my faith was tested many times during my marriage. But, the turning point came while my son was on his mission. During a very difficult and painful migraine (resulting from my second brain tumor surgery), my husband turned on me with such viciousness that I wanted to simply die. Become invisible. Instead, clarity dawned in front of me, the spirit creating a beautiful peace between my body and my husband's rantings. I understood for the emotional abuse first time. During the next twenty-three years, I learned what it means to love unconditionally. To accept another person as they are without expecting anything in return for that love. Granted, I wasn't always able to reach that goal, but I stayed on the path. I learned that I can't ask for forgiveness if I refuse to give it. I learned that we must take responsibility for our own happiness no matter what the circumstances. No matter how controlling my husband's nature, he could not control what I thought, how I loved the Lord, nor how I loved him. I learned that anger, resentment, bitterness, can not only be removed from the soul, but don't even occur when you truly love someone freely. This is how I live my faith, how I think, and who I am. You cannot separate my love of the Lord from the rest of me. He is my Father and the reason I have no fear of death. He awaits me on the other side, as well as the spirit who will become my eternal companion. I can hardly wait!

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Lynn Marie
Grace is a state of forgiveness, the offering from the Savior to make up the difference between what we humans are able to do at even our very best and what is required in perfection. Since we are imperfect by nature, our blueprint or map for our travels on the earth isn't complete. My map is limited to what I see, what I can learn in my limited life span. The Savior's grace offers me the rest of the map, that final section and the assurance that I will return home. Show more Show less

Why don't Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church's law of health and proper diet?

Lynn Marie
The Word of Wisdom was given by the Lord through an odd circumstance where the women had to clean up the tobacco mess left by the men during their meetings. This simple problem created a desire for Joseph to ask the Lord about the entire situation with tobacco and other problems the Saints of the time had. The Lord answered with guidance about all of our consumptions. Since then, science has proven most of the answer to be good advice. I fail to follow research because it does change from one minute to the next where the Lord's advice is factual. Afterall, He is the greatest scientist. In fact, it's rather humorous when research finally comes up with the right answer. And, over the years since implementation of the Word of Wisdom as guidance even to receive a temple recommend (the permission to go into a temple), the meanings have deepened. As a Church, independent research has shown that Mormons have greater longevity and better health overall. Not me, obviously, but even with the tumors, I've enjoyed the greater blessings by not drinking alcoholic beverages or coffee, etc. I had no "bad" habits to give up when I started with medications and changes in my life. But, eating meat lightly, not drinking alcoholic drinks or smoking, and such, has helped me with both the medications I require and staying as fit as possible under the circumstances. Living without addictions to foods or drinks is pretty great. And, it means that my meager income goes farther. And, I've found that there is true freedom for the soul through following the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Lynn Marie
I think the reason we can be looked upon as a cult is because we are different. In our society, anything different is suspicious. And, we don't blend into the norms of society as it changes. We truly do believe in the word of God which means we don't alter those words. They are His, not ours. The other side of being a 'cult' is that we do consecrate all that we have to the Church. That can be misconstrued to mean that everything we have belongs to the Church. Not so. The meaning is to use everything in our power to further the Kingdom of God upon this earth, not selfishly keep all that we gain for ourselves. We pay tithes, we give of our time, we give fast offerings so all can eat well, we work in various canneries to provide for the poor. This is the way we consecrate all that we have to the Lord. To us, giving those things to the Church is the same as giving it to the Lord. We also wear temple garments, many times accepting ridicule for that. And, there are many oddities in the stories people hear about them which do make them seem cult-like. But they are simply a way of remembering our covenants with the Lord, a way of reminding us to be pure in thought and deed. When people see the dedication of the members, perhaps that also seems cult-like. However, when others see how much the Church enriches our lives, our families, and our relationship with God, they begin to understand that we aren't a cult, but a true and faithful people albeit not perfect. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Lynn Marie
My experience while living outside the United States showed me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints not only helps the members, but offers help to those in a community. After WWII, my family moved to Germany where my father was transferred with the Army. While he worked with local people, my mother was called from Salt Lake City to find all the Mormon women who had been widowed by the war. There was never a hint of anything other than love for those women as my mother found them and wrote down what they needed. And they needed everything from winter coats to food. Within two months, Mother was receiving boxes to give out. But that wasn't the end of it. Those good German women reached out to their neighbors and the giving went through communities. No credit was given to the Church or the generous people here in the States, and none was needed. Giving is simply a way of life for a Mormon. I'm also a witness to the way in which the Church has helped countries after a disaster. The Mormons are usually the first responders to a need anywhere in the world, even if that country doesn't like us. We work through the local members to see what is needed then quickly try to provide it. Water and blankets come, food comes, baby supplies come. Clothing comes. In the Relief Society, I've made baby kits and toiletry kits for abused women in my own town. We are taught to serve as the Savior served. We try to do that as a Church and as individuals. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Lynn Marie
Other than the fact that we dress our best for Church and other meetings centered on our church work, I think we celebrate most of the same holidays that others in our various countries do. In fact, I think we probably celebrate more times during any year than the average. We love family gatherings and use Christmas or Thanksgiving and, many times, events in the family as excuses for getting together. We know from the scriptures and the Roman records that the Savior was born in the spring of the year, but we accept December's date to celebrate His coming with the rest of the world. We believe in honoring the laws of our various countries which also means we celebrate with our countrymen in honoring people who have done remarkable things in their lives. We might be different in many ways, but we are citizens and neighbors who join block parties and cook for bake sales to raise funds for a needy person or the Boy Scouts. We also celebrate our pioneer heritage on July 24. Mormons are very much the same as their neighbors. The only major difference is that we still dress our best on Sundays, or any day that has meetings, because of our reverence and respect for the Lord. Show more Show less

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

Lynn Marie
Oh yes! We Mormons believe in the Gospel as written upon all through the Old and New Testaments. Joseph Smith thought the Bible was so important that he was guided by the Lord to clarify many quotes in the Bible that weren't complete or were incorrect. The Book of Mormon was never intended to replace the Bible, but to compliment it as another witness of the Savior and our Father. Our full canon is four books: The Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. My spiritual foundation and knowledge was gained through all of those sources, not just one. Well, admittedly, also gained through prayer. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Lynn Marie
As I've mentioned, I have a third tumor in my head near my brain. At some point, the results of that will change my life from this life to the next. Like many others who live with terminal illness, I searched both Man's and the Lord's teachings concerning the next life. What I found was no different than my own two experiences: death is a warm peaceful feeling. However, to Where is the question. According to all scripture, there is a Spirit World, and there is a resurrection. Even the Savior Himself spoke of the Spirit World and the Resurrection. When our Savior died, He went there then He returned prior to seeing His Father. Next, He was resurrected and returned to visit with His disciples on the earth. I believe His words and those of His prophets since the beginning of Man. I existed prior to coming to this earth, the matter which makes up my spirit is eternal in nature. I will continue to exist as I am after I leave here. My thoughts, my joys, my laughter will continue. For myself, I have found great peace in knowing this both through study and personal revelation. I'm excited about going there, seeing my parents again and my grandparents. I'm also excited about hugging my Father in Heaven in gratitude for this earth life. And another hug for my Savior who offered me the chance to return home. All I ask is to do my best so I can return home with honor. Show more Show less