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Hi I'm Lonnie

I grew up in the mountains and desert of Oregon. I'm a broadcast engineer, a working musician, and a cowboy poet. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of seven children and twenty five (at the moment) grandchildren.  My wife and I have been together 44 years now. I have been a cowboy, a logger, a carpenter, a singer, and an engineer. My dad ran wild horses for a living and put me on a horse when I was six. I made a living with a guitar for 25 years and now 23 years as a radio broadcaster. I have a little shop that's crowded with tools; everything from automotive and woodworking stuff to guitar-building tools and electronic equipment suitable for doing my work or researching alternative energy. I need to live at least 'till I'm 300 years old just to pursue the stuff I'm presently interested in.

Why I am a Mormon

When my wife-to-be introduced me to the Gospel, I thought I already had things pretty much figured out. We would discuss religion some nights until she was in tears, and she would always end up saying, "Lonnie, I just know its true". Well, she was no air-head so I couldn't just dismiss her opinions. Besides, I really liked her. So, I decided to read the Book of Mormon so that I could point out to her all the places where it was wrong. Big mistake on my part.  I would read some part or story or episode and just know it was real and true. "Bells" and "whistles" of RIGHTNESS would go off in my head. I was faced with a tough decision! I either had to act on what I had discovered, or forever acknowledge that I was a coward, and not the kind of person I had always made myself out to be. When you find out something that is true and important, you have to do something about it. In this case, we called the Missionaries. I went through three sets of missionaries, and I'm sure they had pretty much lost hope in my ever humbling myself so that I could be taught the true Gospel. I entered the waters of Baptism in 1967 and have never looked back. There have been challenges and heartache, but I have never regretted the decision to be baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. On the contrary, every good thing that has ever come into my life has come as a result of that decision.

How I live my faith

On Sunday, we attend our three-hour block of meetings, Priesthood/Relief Society, Sunday School, Sacrament Meeting and then, often, I go Home Teaching with a companion and we visit with folks to make sure they are doing OK. I have held numerous callings or jobs in the church including teaching, missionary, and administrative positions. The work gets spread around amongst us in the congregation because there is no paid clergy in the Mormon church.  I wake up in the morning and counsel with the Lord in prayer about my troubles and desires for myself and my family and those for whom I have responsibility every morning. I try my best to be honest and true and loving in all my dealings throughtout the day. I try really hard not to say any cuss words. All through the day I try to remember who I am and why we are here in mortality and how all of this is part of God's great plan for our happiness. Before retiring, I tell the Lord how things have gone, what worked and what didn't, and ask Him to watch over us until the morning. Monday nights we squeeze in some scripture reading or family activity with the grand kids for Family home Evening. We open and close with prayer and have something spiritual and something fun to do. Right now I don't have a calling that requires any additional meetings through the week, but I regard each day as a new opportunity to help someone or say a good word that will help or lift or encourage them.