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Hi I'm Lynn

I am a daughter of God who loves me and I love Him. I am a Mormon!

About Me

When I was a member of The Church for a little over a year, I had an opportunity to serve a full time mission in Pennsylvania. When I came home, I met my future spouse. My husband, Dale and I have were married in the Salt Lake City Temple in 1978. We have four grown children and a son-in-law that bring great joy into our lives I have worked in Patient Care for 19 years . I am currently a safety coach. I work with patients who need one on one care for safety reasons and I find it extremely rewarding. I also have a home based business and thoroughly enjoy the friendships I have developed with my customers. My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was 12 and I have made hundreds of afghans and several altar cloths for use in the Chicago, Columbus and Salt Lake City Temples. I also love to scrapbook and make greeting cards. I find great joy in performing random and spontaneous acts of kindness. I love to read the scriptures, motivational books, biographies, historical and Christian fiction as well. I love to sing for fun, to comfort patients and to worship my Heavenly Father. I love to can. It is one household task that lasts for a long time. I love nature and enjoy hiking and para-sailing. Thanks to my son-in-law I have rediscovered my love of roller coasters. I enjoy playing games with family and friends and I love to entertain.

Why I am a Mormon

I had a good friend from High School who became a Latter-day Saint while I was living out of state. I picked up a pamphlet about the Mormons printed by the protestant church I attended. If was full of half truths and inuendos, that I knew my friend, Jane, was too intelligent to believe. When I returned home I got a job I didn't feel qualified for. My first day on that job, was Jane's last day on a job in the same building. We met in the restroom and renewed our friendship. Jane had changed in many ways for the better. She invited me for dinner and introduced me to the missionaries and some other friends from church. I asked many questions. The missionaries told me that it would be easier to answer my questions if I just let them teach me 6 brief lessons about the basic teachings of The Church. I wondered what I had gotten myself into, but decided that I couldn't criticize a religion I knew nothing about. I fully intended to hear them out, read what they asked me to read and pray about it so I could look Jane in the eye and tell her that she was being deceived. To my surprise, I received an overpowering awareness that their message was true. When I read and prayed, I felt warmth and light in my heart, a sense of comfort. I was very active in my protestant church. I taught sunday school, sang in the choir and was a youth leader. There were doctrines they taught that had troubled me, but I had always assumed I just wasn't spiritual enough to understand them. Know I knew they just weren't true. My family thought I only made the change for social reasons and didn't think it would last. It has been 38 years since I was baptized and I have never heard a doctrine or counsel that I could not kneel in prayer and receive a witness of it's divine origin. I know with all my heart that the Savior established a church during his earthly ministry and that he has restored it in the latter days for our benefit. It has been my greatest blessing. My husband and I rarely miss. Each week we are taught, uplifted and loved. Through our involvement in Church activities we have opportunities to serve that help us demonstrate our love for the Savior and enrich our lives. Our adult children have continued with this legacy of growth and service and they lead lives of joy and fulfillment because of it.

How I live my faith

I love people. I work in patient care and I have a home based business. I am a visiting teacher and an advisor and teacher for the 16 &17 year old girls in our congregation. I enjoy nurturing others and helping them to feel truly valued. I pattern my life according to gospel teachings with faith that others will see Heavenly Father at work in my life and the Savior's image in my countenance. I am filled with joy and gratitude for the comfort, guidance and awareness of the miracles in my day to day life that allow me to live my life with confidence in a troubled world.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Lynn
Not only did Jesus Christ pay the price for my sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, but he prayed the price for the sins of others committed against me. This frees me to forgive them and move on with my life. I know that when I allow myself to harbor anger and resentment, if rarely affects the other person, but it makes me unhappy. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Lynn
When Heavenly Father instituted marriage in the garden of eden, Adam and Eve were not yet subject to physical death. I know that marriage was meant to last forever. Of course the ceremony must be conducted by someone with the authority to act in the name of God. In the Matthew 16:19 Peter was told that whatever he would bind on earth, would be bound in Heaven. Just rewriting your wedding vows doesn't make an eternal union a reality. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Lynn
At various times, the Lord has commanded His people to practice plural marriage. For example, He gave this command to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon Doctrine and Covenants 1321. At other times the Lord has given other instructions. In the Book of Mormon, the Lord told the prophet Jacob “for there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife and concubines he shall have none... for if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people otherwise they shall hearken unto these things” Jacob 227-30. In this dispensation, the Lord commanded some of the early Saints to practice plural marriage. The Prophet Joseph Smith and those closest to him, including Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, were challenged by this command, but they obeyed it. Church leaders regulated the practice. Those entering into it had to be authorized to do so, and the marriages had to be performed through the sealing power of the priesthood. In 1890, President Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage Official Declaration 1. The Lord’s law of marriage is monogamy unless he commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel see Encyclopedia of Mormonism Vol. 3, pp. 1091-1095. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Lynn
The scriptures tell us that God is an unchangeable God and no respecter of persons. I know that He loves me every bit as much as He loved the people of Biblical times. We need His guidance more than ever in this complex world with societies decaying standards.  Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Lynn
Joseph Smith lived during a period of great religious revival. Many self proclaimed ministers were contending for converts. Their doctrines conflicted. Joseph did not know which church to join. He read the promise in James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him as of God, that giveth to all ment liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." He decided to ask God. To his utter amazement he saw a pillar of light which decended gradually until it fell upon him. Within the light, he saw two personages. One of them spake unto him, calling him by name and said, pointing to the other, "This is my beloved Son, hear him." In response to his question he was told to join none of the churches because "they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof." Many ministers and others tried to make him deny what happened to him, but Joseph said, "I have actually seen a vision; and who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen? For I had seen a vision; I knew it and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation." Likewise, I prayed about Joseph's vision fully expecting to be told it didn't happen. To my surprise, the Holy Ghost confirmed to my soul, the reality of his experience. I don't just believe, I know it happened. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Lynn
Just as the atonement of Jesus Christ was a vicarious act that allows us to be forgiven for our sins if we accept it, Baptism for the dead allows who died without the opportunity to be baptized to receive that essential ordinance. Just like the atonement, they must accept this ordinance for themselves in order to benefit by it  Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Lynn
Look up The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the phone book,or request a visit from representatives on Mormon.org  Show more Show less