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Hi I'm Lynness

I'm an RN, but right now I'm a stay-at-home mom of 4. I live in Virginia and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up mostly in Virginia, went to BYU and got a degree in Nursing. I met my husband there and brought him back home and we have 4 children (so far). I stay at home with my kids right now, but I plan to get my Master's eventually and teach Nursing. I love to teach, but not ABC's, etc.- more like anatomy and biology and that sort of thing. I also teach beginning piano to a handful of students. I like to decorate cakes, I try to grow vegetables, I know some ASL and have interpreted at church (though not lately, so I'm rusty), I love words and etymology, I sing a bit, draw a bit, bake a fair amount, and eat it all! I like to try my hand at sewing, scrapbooking, and home-repair and decorating. I consider myself a nerd because my favorite thing to do is READ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon. I think I needed that, because I probably would've shooed away any missionaries without giving them a chance. I often hear people say, "I don't know where I'd be without the church." It's cliched, but true. I can't imagine life without the Gospel- well, I can imagine life, but not ME without the Gospel- it's so interwoven into the fabric of my character. There are things I don't know or understand, but this is an all-or-nothing deal: my assurance in other areas allows me to have faith that those things on which I am not as solid are also true and good. Let me share with you one of those areas: I know, through experience upon experience, that God answers prayers. For problems and questions big and small, stupid or profound, He cares enough about me and you to answer in a way we will understand if we are open to it. Heavenly Father knows us so well! He has a grand plan for all of us to return to be with Him and like Him, but His plan is also very individualized: perfectly tailored to help us become what He knows we can become. I know that I am a better person when I follow His plan and His Son. Being active in the church keeps me on the right path, strengthens my determination to be better than I am, and gives me a support group and safe harbor.

How I live my faith

I love that members of the Church are expected to serve. There's nothing to help you feel that you are needed and to get to know people than to do something for them! I started serving in the church as a 'tween' when I played hymns for our Young Women's (12-18yrs) group. I had taken lessons for about 4 years, but had never played with people singing! Well, guess what- I learned! That's another benefit of participation, and I've loved being able to play at church ever since. A couple of years ago I taught an early-morning (6am) scripture study class to high school aged students. The early mornings got to me a bit, even though I am a morning person (I had a 6 month old and was still up a lot at night), but I loved teaching the Old and New Testaments!! School ended in June and so did the class. I had baby #3 at the end of summer and we sold our house. Unsure of whether we would be around, I wasn't given a new assignment for a few months. We found a house in the same area, and I was glad to have some way to serve again when I was then called to organize regular activities for our women's organization. The church is involved in almost every facet of my life, from grocery shopping and cooking to raising kids. I love the programs that are designed to support my efforts as a parent, like Family Home Evening. We love to gather and sing and play games and learn about the Gospel. This doesn't mean it always goes smoothly, but everyone looks forward to FHE on Monday nights. The activities in our women's organization (the ones I get to plan for now) also help us as women become who we need to be, from fitness to scripture study to gardening to communication to crafts to emergency preparedness to finances, I can continue to learn and grow.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Lynness
There is no way for us to do enough or be enough on our own to get back to our Father in Heaven. There is a scripture that explains that "it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." There ARE things we must do. Baptism, for example, just as Christ showed us, or helping others. But even if we do all we can, we are still dependent on Christ's gift, his sacrifice, to make it acceptable- to even make it possible!- to return to God's presence. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Lynness
This practice is in keeping with ancient practices and is preparation for the time when all God has is ours, and all we have is His. But more importantly, it is a practice that reminds us that all we have we owe to Him. He surely doesn't need our money and, though it is used for Church buildings, etc., it seems to me to be more for our benefit. I have heard it said that God will enable us to do far more with the remaining 90 than we could have done on our own with all of it. It is a real test of faith to begin paying tithing. Some feel that they cannot afford it. I feel that I cannot afford NOT to pay it, as I need the attendant blessings. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Lynness
You can physically drive without obtaining a license, but you do not have authority to do so. It is the same with baptism. You can put a person in the water, but without the proper priesthood authority, they're just wet. This is why we baptize even those who have been baptized before in other faiths. In order to 'count' for something in God's eyes, it has to be done with His power and approval. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Lynness
The same One who has always chosen prophets! And I'm sure that they also feel at times as Moses did- "Who, me?!" But whom God calls, God qualifies. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Lynness
Church services are held weekly on Sundays and are open to all. There are classes for all age groups and experience levels. These services help us to strengthen one another and worship. The temple also strengthens us and allows us to worship, but only those who have prepared themselves and have verified to their leaders that they are trying to live as taught at church are allowed to enter. This is because the temple is the House of the Lord, a sacred place where we can leave the world behind for a few hours and focus on our Father's plan for us. It is said that in the Church, all roads lead to the temple. Ideally, all those who join us at our church services will prepare themselves to join us in the temples too. Show more Show less