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Hi I'm Lynn

I'm a Mormon. I like to knit, garden, read, be with my family, and do crosswords. I tutor math. I have four sons and six grands.

About Me

I'm first and foremost a wife, mother, and grandmother. When I die I want my obituary to say "She loved us." I graduated from Brigham Young University a few years ago, and I currently work as a math tutor at a private technology college. I was a home-schooled child, for two years, and later a home-school mom. I can't claim I was 100% successful in instilling my values into my children, but they all graduated from high school and have at least two years of college behind them, so it wasn't a total failure either. I have recently re-learned to knit, through a teacher who came to help our youth learn how, and I love it! I mostly knit things for the grandchildren; at this time I am working on a cap with trains for a 4-year-old. He's handicapped from hydrocephaly, but he sure loves his trains and trucks and cars! I like to do things that keep my mind busy and active, such as crossword puzzles, reading, and researching new topics. I recently learned I am gluten-intolerant, so I am doing a lot of studying on how to manage that. Recently an adult son said "Momm, you're turning into such a Grandma." I considered that a compliment, that I have accepted my age with grace, and am content with where I am in life. I admit to a few gray hairs, but I have earned every one of them!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer. When I was a little girl, my mother claimed to be an atheist, but she wanted moral children and figured religion would help with that. She church-hopped, always finding fault with something, but I learned a whole lot of Bible stories. When I was six years old she read the Book of Mormon and became converted to following Jesus Christ. She was baptized as a Latter-Day Saint as soon as they would let her, and never turned back. My father waited 12 years to be fully converted and be baptized, but he was supportive of our church activity because he could see the good it wrought in our lives. As for me, I waited anxiously to turn eight years old so I could be baptized too. That was a special day for me. I don't claim to be perfect, but I keep my faith and stick with the church because I believe in its teachings. I know Jesus Christ can make up for my imperfections. As a child who heard Bible stories, I saw little difference between angels appearing to shepherds near Bethlehem, to Moses on a mountain, or to Joseph Smith in a grove of trees. I still see little difference. God can show himself when and where he will, if he sees a need and finds someone faithful enough.

How I live my faith

Not all service in the church is easy, but I find that as I put my heart into it, I grow to love the people with whom I serve, from the smallest Nursery child to the elderly people I taught at a care center in Salt Lake City. One of my best friends is 84 years old, and I give her rides to the doctor now and then. On Sundays we sit with a deaf family and help with their young children so they can follow the sign-language interpreter more easily. It doesn't matter to me how I serve or how old or young they are, because Jesus taught that we should love one another as He loves us. I currently serve as a Young Women leader in the church. I love these young girls. They are learning and growing, discovering themselves as daughters of a loving Heavenly Father. I have served in the church Addiction Recovery Program, helping people break addictions of all kinds by relying on Jesus Christ. I have served five times in our church nursery and learned to love the little ones. They are so close to Jesus that they get excited when they see pictures of him, and can pick his picture out of a crowd scene like the Sermon on the Mount. I also served as a teacher of 5-year-olds for several years.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Lynn
We perform baptisms for the dead for much the same reason we do missionary work. We believe the gospel is a great gift and we want to share it with others. We believe that after people die, their spirits live on, and will eventually be reunited with their bodies. This is what we call resurrection. Because Jesus taught that being baptized was one of God's laws, we want to provide that opportunity to all those who will accept it. If they died before hearing the gospel, why should they be denied to choice to hear it and be baptized? We leave the teaching to missionaries in the "spirit world," but we can do the baptism by proxy. We also believe in agency. The spirits of those who have died are given a choice whether to accept it. They are not forced to be Mormons in Heaven. We just want to give them a chance to have this ordinance done if they couldn't do it during their mortal lives here on earth. Show more Show less