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Hi I'm Lyle

I grew up in Colorado, raising my kids in Kansas, Florida and Virginia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

While I may be hovering around the half century mark, I still love to learn. This means that my background is quite colorful. Math and science come easy to me but I really love being involved with people. I have been in the Navy, owned an upholstery shop, worked in construction, taught all sorts of classes and been a government bureaucrat. My hobbies run the gamut from skydiving to photography to Amateur Radio to woodworking. If I haven't done it, I wanted to try it!

Why I am a Mormon

I learned long ago that when something is "right" it comes easy and there is a certain "fluidity" to it. A friend of mine once noticed that, as I was working on re-upholstering a sofa, that I was able to work very fast. The movements were free, easy and efficient. Being a Latter Day Saint is much the same. When you understand it, the gospel flows free and easy. Answering questions and solving problems is easy when you have the gospel as a guide. Sometimes friends wonder how I deal with "restrictions" of no coffee, tea or tobacco. I just tell them I wonder how they deal with the being a slave to a substance.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a constantly evolving learning process but I wouldn't have it any other way.Once you learn to live one gospel principle, another one is there to challenge you. Learning to attend your meetings, having regular prayers and reading the scriptures help to lay a solid foundation. After that you are given the opportunity to serve others by teaching classes or serving in a church organization. Once you master those principles, you can expand by telling others about the gospel. When that's done, well, then you get to work on regular fasting, reading the scriptures and saying meaningful prayers. There is always more to do to help me live my faith.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Suppose you respond to an advertisement for a job that would be perfect for you. It sounds exciting and you feel you have all the skills required to do a great job. You come in for an interview and it goes well. The interviewer is so impressed that (s)he offers you the position on the spot! You accept, shake hands and fairly float out the door, you are so happy. As you head to your car, someone calls from the office and tells you there has been a mistake. The person who interviewed you was actually the mail clerk and had no authority to hire you. Authority to perform the duties is required! All things must be performed with order and by those with authority to do them. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormons worship Jesus Christ and God, our Heavenly Father. Any prophet, including Joseph Smith, is a mouthpiece for those divine beings. We give Joseph Smith the level of respect befitting the office he held and the tremendous responsibility he had in restoring the gospel but our "worship" is reserved for God and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less