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Hi I'm Glen Lyman

I teach people how to defend themselves...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Husband, a Father, an artist, a martial artist, a rocker and a teacher. I have been blessed with a wonderful wife. We have three beautiful daughters and a son. Our children range in age from 17 to 9. I have trained in the martial arts since 1980, and hold high ranks in Isshin-Ryu Karate, Kenpo Karate and Jeet Kune Do. My wife and I own and operate a martial arts studio. I teach art and martial arts at a high school. I love to draw and to paint. My artwork usually involves people, but I enjoy painting landscapes also. I have applied to a university...again...in order to earn an MFA (Masters of Fine Arts). I am in a band made up of fellow teachers...we have a lot of fun playing music from many genres, but we do tend to entertain most with '80s rock. I believe that a lot of therapy in the world could be done away with if people would take time to eat right, get the right amount of sleep, and exercise properly...and it wouldn't hurt to spend some time on the open road on a motorcycle.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, just like my father was. My great, great grandfather crossed the plains at the age of 8, being responsible to drive the covered wagon for his mother. I took much of my experience for granted, then really gained a testimony as I served a mission for the church. I had to know for myself that the things that I was teaching were true. I prayed about it and had an unparalleled feeling of warmth and calmness engulf me. I had an answer impressed upon my soul from Heavenly Father through the Holy Ghost that stated, "My son, you know that these things are true". I have never looked back.

How I live my faith

First and foremost I constantly work on improving myself. After getting the proper amount of sleep, I wake up early to exercise, to pray and then I take a few minutes to read from the scriptures. Throughout the day I try to eat properly, and to communicate with people in a way that would best help them. Now, I am not perfect, and sometimes not all of these things happen, but I'm a better person when they do, and I've found that an overall consistency really can make a difference in my life. Since the local congregations function with a lay ministry, I always strive to attend church and do what is asked of me. Mormons often have a specific job (or "calling") that they are asked to do for a certain amount of time. In these capacities I have taught gospel principles to kids, teens and adults. I currently serve a Ward (congregation) as a Bishop (pastor).

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Glen Lyman
Pornography is one of the plagues of our day. It is devised to hook a person, then to trap them in addiction. It teaches falsehoods about the intimate relationship that should be present in marriage. One weapon to use against it is to discuss the topic in appropriate ways with families. Due to how we are built, people need to understand that viewing pornography can start them on an addictive cycle, and breed expectations that are unrealistic. Computers need to be in plain sight within the home, with filters and time limits. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Glen Lyman
When our bodies die, our spirits live on. For a time we will be in this spirit form, but because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we too will be resurrected. Our spirits will be reunited with our perfected immortal bodies. This is a miracle made possible only through the power of God. And when I say we, I mean everyone who has ever lived on the Earth. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Glen Lyman
Mormons who are worthy to enter the Temple have committed themselves to a more complete approach to life. This means that they believe in a Heavenly Father, in Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice and in the Holy Ghost. They believe that God has a prophet here on Earth with the proper priesthood authority needed to run an organization that will spread His gospel. Temple-worthy Mormons are chaste, meaning that they refrain from sexual relations before marriage and then have full fidelity with their spouse after they are married. They do not drink alcohol, tea or coffee, they do not smoke, or misuse drugs, and they pay a full tithe, which helps in the building of Temples. They also need to be honest in their dealings with others. They have repented of past sins or misdeeds, which means that they have confessed them, forsaken them and have made things right as much as is possible. They currently strive to live the commandments of God. Show more Show less