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Hi I'm Lonnie Kyser

I like to fish with my sons, play with my grandchildren, and hike with my wife of 33 years. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my high school sweetheart of 33 years. We have four sons, three beautiful daughters-in-law and six wonderful grandchildren. I love nature, sports, fishing, and family activities. I am one of seven children and I am the only member of the Mormon church in my extended family. My father was in the navy and we relocated alot. When I turned 14 we moved to washington where I continue to live happily today.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family with wonderful parents and siblings, but without any real organized religion. I longed for that in my life and so I began to search for that influence as a young man. When I was twelve I was part of an LDS scout troop and had an awesome scout leader. He was a Mormon, but I didn't know much about Mormons back then, but I always remember how I felt around him. He made me feel good, happy and safe. When I was in high school I continued to search for a church and when I was 16 I was baptised a Southern Baptist, but there was something lacking for me still and I soon quit attending that faith. I had several friends who were LDS and they had a positive impact on me and when I was with them I wanted to be better. I married my high school sweetheart. She was also a Mormon. At the approach of our first child's birth she became more interested in attending her church and I was concerned about this because I thought it would change our marriage. I began to hang out with some guys from the Mormon church and played softball and basketball with them and they became life-long friends. I could tell they really loved me even though I was not a member of thier faith. Eventually I took the missionary discussions and determined I wanted to be a Mormon. After meeting with my bishop I was prepared to be baptised. I decided to surprise my wife by having my friends ask her to sing at a baptism (mine) unbeknownst to her. She was up on the stand preparing to sing when I came into the chapel all dressed in white. Needless to say there were many tears shed that day and since. I will never be able to adequately thank the many wonderful people who were wlling to love me and teach me about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I mainly express my deep love for my wife who was instrumental in my conversion. I know that Heavenly Father loves me and you and I testify that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world.

How I live my faith

Since joining the Mormon church, I have strived to take the things I have learned and use them to help others. I have had many opportunities to serve others in church, in my community, and in my workplace. During those times I have tried to remember that I am a disciple of Jesus Christ and I want to be the way He would be. It helps me to be kinder, more patient, more forgiving, and more sensitive to others' and their needs. I have learned by the example of others how to look out beyond myself and try to ease the burdens of those around me. Sometimes it was a simple smile or a warm handshake. Other times it would include cutting wood and stacking it for the elderly or infirmed, or bringing a meal to a new mother, and still other times it would be to stand side by side with somone during lifes most difficult trials and challenges like losing a loved one, or helping strengthen someone with serious illness. As I served others, I was the one who benefited the most. It is true that when we are in the service of our fellow man we are in the service of our God and He will always make us equal to the circumstances He may place us in. Our faith in action is the way in which we help the Savior shepherd over all of Heavenly Father's children. The gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I invite you to pay attention to the feelings you will have as you think about our Savior. He is real and will bless you in the same way he has blessed me. I invite you to find out for yourself as I have.