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Hi I'm Lynn

I am a follower of Jesus Christ and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, a father of eight children and a grandfather of thirteen. Now that we are empty nesters my wife and I are blessed by our large family. I work long hours covering six states as a Regional Sales Director for a very successful national company. I am passionate about six things: The Gospel of Christ, my family, my job, Subaru cars, coconut oil and Southwest Airlines. That problably sounds like a pretty disjointed list of passions but ask me about any one of them and I will tell you why.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormon as were my grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents. Some of my great-great-grandparents crossed the plains with the early Mormon pioneers. I was raised in the LDS church and remember as a young boy sitting at the feet of my parents being taught the stories of Jesus. As I grew up and began to mature I realized that I would need to get my own testimony of Jesus Christ. I began to earnestly search for my own testimony at about age twelve. I believe the Bible and I believe what the Apostle Paul taught in Corinthians: Wherefore I give you to understand, that…no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 1 Corinthians 12:3 Over a period of time through much prayer, fasting and searching the scriptures I received a witness for myself from the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Son of God and my Savior. This witness has come to me many, many times over the years. I believe this is the same thing experienced by the two disciples who walked and talked with Jesus after his resurrection while they were on the road to Emmaus. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? Luke 24:32 My heart has indeed burned within me on occasions too numerous to count as a confirming witness of the verity of Jesus Christ. I have received that same witness regarding the Bible. I read from the Bible nearly every day and know it is the Word of God. I have also received that same witness regarding the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. It is a second witness written by ancient prophets that testifies that Jesus is God’s Son. It validates and confirms the Bible in every detail. Lastly, I have received a witness from the Holy Ghost that Jesus restored his original church to the earth via a young unschooled boy named Joseph Smith. The official revealed name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I try every day to live by the Christian principles of “love the Lord Thy God with all thy heart” and “love thy neighbor as thyself.” I pray every day. I read the scriptures nearly every day. I repent often. I think "choose the right" when faced with decisions and I constantly ask myself "what would Jesus do?"

Are Mormons Christians?

Lynn
Yes. We believe Jesus Christ, who was born of Mary in Bethlehem, is God's Son. We believe Jesus lived a perfect life, taught His gospel, healed the sick, cast out devils and raised the dead. We believe Jesus suffered for our sins, died on the cross and was resurrected on the third day. We believe that salvation comes only through Jesus Christ. Consider this verse from the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ: And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent. Mosiah 3:17 This is the central doctrine of Mormonism. It has not changed in over 180 years of the church's existence. Yes, Mormons are Christian as also expressed in the real name of the church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Lynn
The Book of Mormon covers a period of history from 600 B.C. to 421 A.D., and was written by contemporaries of that period. The first writer, Nephi, was the son of Lehi. They lived in Jerusalem at the time of King Zedekiah. God instructed Lehi to leave Jerusalem before the Babylonians destroyed the city. Lehi and his family were led by God via a ship which they were instructed to build, to the "promised land", which we know today as the American Continent. There were several different writers during this thousand years who received revelations from God as part of their stewardship. They prophesied that Jesus Christ would be born in the Holy Land in the meridian of time. The Book of Mormon records the account of Jesus' visit to this people after His resurrection in Jerusalem. He taught His gospel here, just as he did there. The Book of Mormon both validates and verifies the authenticity of the Bible. The principle and second-to-last writer for the Book of Mormon was a prophet named Mormon. In about 385 A.D. He abridged the writings of all of the prophets before him, compiled it into one record and called it The Book of Mormon. On the title page of his book Mormon wrote the purpose of the book, "to the convincing of the Jew and the Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations...." The Bible and the Book of Mormon testify of Christ's divinity as God's Son. Combined they fulfill Ezekiel's prophecy. See Ezk 37:16-17. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Lynn
Some call Mormonism a cult because it is not a "traditional" Christian church. The primary complaint of the "traditionalists" (generally Protestant Churches) is that we do not believe in the doctrine of the trinity as it relates to the nature of the Godhead. The doctrine of the trinity was codified in the Nicene Creed in 325 AD, many years after the death of Christ and the Apostles. It basically says that the Godhead, The Father, Son and Holy Ghost, are one being in "substance." Since Mormonism does not accept this doctrine, they say we believe in a different Christ than they do and therefore are a cult. It is curious that this "trinitarian" doctrine is not taught anywhere in the Bible. Mormons believe the Bible is the Word of God. The Bible (and the early church established by Jesus and His Apostles) teaches that the Godhead indeed consists of The Father, Son and Holy Ghost. But, it teaches that they are: 1) three distinct individuals as expressed in Acts 7:54-60 where Stephen is being stoned. "He being filled with the Holy Ghost looked up steadfastly into heaven and saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God." And it teaches 2) they are one in purpose, not in substance (John 17 where Jesus offers his intercessory prayer, particularly verses 20-23.) This is what Mormons believe. It is noteworthy that the early Christians were called the "sect of the Nazarenes" (Acts 24:5) and were considered a cult by the Sadducees and Pharisees, the predominant religions of the day. Show more Show less