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Hi I'm Lynn

I'm a husband with 4 children living all over and a wonderful wife. I do not know why my mother named me "Lynn," but so be it.

About Me

I am an engineer (MS from Univ of Washington in Seattle) and an attorney (JD from George Washington Univ in DC). My wife and I live in a high rise downtown condo which is a problem for our grandchildren. It is nice for us though, very convenient for restaurants etc., even shopping if you don't mind groceries from Walgreens. We just celebrated the 50th anniversary of our first date, a swimming party at a church social. I was 16 and she was 14. Pretty young huh. We were just kids. Our dating was interrupted when I turned 19, while I served a 2 1/2 year mission for the church in Germany. We were married 1 1/2 years after I returned. By then I was able to be an adequate provider while still in school. 13 months later we had our first child. We now have 4. Two became high school teachers. One still teaches math in California. She speaks spanish so can teach in English and Spanish as needed and as allowed. The other, an English teacher, stopped teaching after she had children. Our son is a lawyer/businessman. Our fourth is a mom. I practiced law for many years but now spend my time evaluating disputes and testifying in court as an expert witness on cost impacts and responsibility for overruns and delays on construction projects. I enjoy golfing, but am not very good at it and do not have much time to improve. There always seems to be something more important to do. We have a cabin in the mountains which is a wonderful peaceful retreat. We wish we could be there more.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon in Salt Lake City. Growing up, I assumed the church was the right one. Then I accepted a call to serve as a missionary in Germany. That motivated me to find out for myself if the Mormon Church taught the truth, if the Book of Mormon is what it purports to be, if Joseph Smith was really a prophet of God. I asked God, my Heavenly Father, in prayer. He answered me. I determined for myself that the church was the true Church of Jesus Christ, that the Book of Mormon really is scripture like the Bible, and that Joseph Smith was really a prophet. Since then I have had many experiences that reaffirm the truthfulness of these things. I invite all to test it and find out for themselves. The missionaries will suggest how you can really KNOW for yourself. Feeling that I am on the right path, gives me confidence in all that I do. i understand that I lived with Heavenly Father before I was born here on earth. I understand why I am here on earth, and what my opportunities will be in Heaven after I die, if I live properly here on earth.

How I live my faith

My faith teaches me that I need to help people. A verse in the Book of Mormon reads, "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, you are in the service of your God." So to serve God, I try to serve others. I have been a member of several different Rotary clubs which provides opportunities to serve others. I show kindness to all. I try to help those in need through direct contributions and by making contributions through my church. I am committed to being honest in all that I do. Most importantly, I try to do as Heavenly Father directs me. I try to seek guidance from Heavenly Father in all that I do. He gives me impressions on what I should do. If I am doing something that is not right, He makes me "anxious." That is my signal to reconsider my actions. It is usually not merely a difference between right and wrong. I usually know that distinction. It is knowing was is best or better. Those impressions have helped me in hiring individuals in my business, in avoiding being lost while driving a car in a new location, in doing business marketing, and in lots of other ways which are not directly tied to religion.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Lynn
A ward is a local church congregation led by lay individuals who are asked by higher church authorities to lead. The leader of a ward is a Bishop. I currently serve as the Bishop of our ward. Typically, Bishops are changed every 3 to 5 years. Show more Show less