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Hi I'm Lyle

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My first career was music. I played professionally, taught private lessons, and taught band and choir in public schools. After gaining a testimony of the restored gospel I became a professional genealogist and eventually went to work for the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I worked for the department, mostly in the Family History Library, for nearly 28 years. I have been married 41 years and have five children, two having passed away, and nine grandchildren. Music is still part of my life, as is writing (poetry, lyric essay, memoir). I also occasionally make books and Native American Flutes. I love to hike, snowshoe, and cross country ski. I currently struggle with health issues and caring for my wife who has a severe genetic blood disorder, but life is still wonderful.

Why I am a Mormon

My family descends from Mormon Pioneer ancestors and my parents did their best to raise me in the Church. For a number of reasons I fell away during my teenage years. I had no interest in serving a mission and married when I was twenty. Many people gave up on me, but my closest friend did not. He served a mission and was true to the faith. When he returned he challenged me to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know whether it is true. The following day I was too sick to go to classes (I was in college at the time), so I read it from cover to cover in two days. I made notes as I read of all the things I sincerely thought were problems with the book. When I finished I was alone at home. I knelt next to my bed and prayed to know whether or not the book is true. I was given an undeniable witness of the Spirit that it is indeed true. I knew instantly that, because the Book of Mormon is true Joseph Smith is a prophet and Jesus Christ is indeed my Savior. My life changed completely from that moment. I could no longer justify much of my previous behavior. Friends abandoned me and I was very lonely. That began to change when a wonderful bishop gave me responsibilities in the ward. I was encouraged to attend a new temple open house. My wife and I were sealed in the temple and our son was sealed to us. I must confess that I was often uncomfortable with the Church for a year or more, but my sincere quest to learn more about the Gospel, seek guidance from the Holy Ghost, and serve others healed my heart. Life has not been easy since my conversion. Among other things, we had two sons taken from this life in tragic circumstances, but they are sealed to us. We know we will be with them again when we leave this life. My wife and I currently have difficult health challenges that may not improve during this life, yet our prayers are still answered and often see miracles in our lives. Words are inadequate to describe our gratitude for our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Gospel.

How I live my faith

Living my faith has become the joy of my life. I currently teach and lead the singing in our ward. My career for nearly 28 years has been working for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I begin each day studying the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon. I learn more each time I read it. Prayer and pondering is essential for me. Another assignment I love is home teaching which involves visiting assigned members of our ward to teach them and assist with temporal challenges when needed. My wife and I are united in our love for the Gospel. We pray together and help each other overcome spiritual and physical difficulties. My testimony continues to grow as I serve others.