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Hi I'm Lynn

I'm a mother and teacher, living in England and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the mother of two adult sons and one daughter, together with their partners, we are a close and loving family. I work part-time, teaching adults in my community and I really enjoy knowing a group of people to whom I am connected through the collaborative processes of teaching and learning. My students have taught me so much about these processes. We live in a coastal area of outstanding beauty and diveristy in England. I like to cycle and walk along the banks of our two tidal rivers, which are full of interesting flora and fauna. I also like to walk the sea cliffs of the coastal path, only a few miles from my home gazing out across the Atlantic, listening to the sound of the ocean dragging its burden of stones back and forth and hearing bird song all around me, I feel myself to be just one tiny part of an infinite and wonderful universe. I learnt to swim in the local leisure centre when I was 59, with encouragement from my niece and her husband and now it is a weekly part of my exercise routine. I'm a compulsive reader and I have been inspired by the range of scriptures and church literature available to us there is something to suit everyone, from young children to academics. The church websites are another source of strength to me I enjoy conference addresses from the church authorities and personal testimonies from individual church members on Mormon.org. I love Mormon Messages!

Why I am a Mormon

 I joined the church in late 2009, after 40 years in another religious group. I needed to strengthen my faith in the Saviour, Jesus Christ and to return to the simple gospel message of the scriptures. When the missionaries introduced me to the Book of Mormon, I read it on and off for a year until I suddenly realised that there was a unity of purpose in its message that in addition to the stories of diverse people in diverse places, it was actually a call for us all to repent, to accept the Saviour's invitation to baptism and confirmation and to follow him in a way that is both simple and eternal. I prayed to Heavenly father for guidance about the Book of Mormon and about the church and after a year of studying, I knew in my heart that this was the right path. I follow this path because I believe that it is the way described in great detail in all the Saviour's teachings it may not always be obvious to me why I should follow a particular commandment but I practise obedience and I see that the Lord's way is the best one for me. I have learnt again, that I am a beloved daughter of a living and caring Heavenly father. I have learnt more deeply than ever before, that through the infinite and eternal Atonment of Jesus Christ, our living redeemer I have been forgiven, healed and restored. I know that we have an eternal destiny and that Christ's Atonement allows us the opportunity to return home to our Heavenly Father. Joseph Smith was the prophet who restored the gospel of Jesus Christ in 1830 with the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon, and my faith today is anchored on scriptures from the past and the current teachings of our living prophet, Thomas S Monson and the 12 Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

 Although it involves a 500 mile round trip, I enjoy visits to the Temple, particularly now that I am immersed in work that will bless my ancestors. I belong to a small, organic branch and I like to think that although we are small and slow-growing, we are hardy and adapted to the climate of the times. The guidance and testimonies of branch members encourage me to stay on the path and I am especially inspired by the enthusiasm and kindness of our younger members. In my first year in the church, I enjoyed teaching a group of young people in the branch. At present my calling is in Relief Society, the women's section of the church. Visiting Teaching, our monthly service to other sisters in the branch is a great joy to me it has deepened my faith and my friendships. The Relief Society statement is my fridge magnet, reminding me to try each day, to grow in faith and personal righteousness to supporthomes and families and to seek out and help those in need. Daily prayer and scripture study grounds me, giving me a sense of true purpose and reassuring me of the continuing presence in my life, of the Holy Spirit.

Are Mormons Christians?

 Definitely! This is the restored Church of Jesus Christ on earth today he is our living leader, guide, teacher and Saviour. Show more Show less