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Hi I'm Lynette

I'm a stay at home mom with a part-time business. I grew up Catholic, became Lutheran and now I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home mom. My husband and I have a blended family with 3 children together and 3 from his first marriage, ranging in age from almost 22 to 3 1/2. I love being a mom and am constantly amazed at the things my children know and the things they teach me. I'm so happy for them (and so gratifying for me to see) when they make good decisions and progress, and I'm sad when they are hurting or when they make decisions that turn out to be not so good. I love having the chance to teach and guide them using my own experience to try to help them avoid mistakes and unhappy endings. I spent about 10 years working in the marketing and public relations field during the height of the tech bubble. I worked for a software company, an internet startup and a public relations agency. It was interesting, fast-paced, challenging work - yet I don't miss it at all. I currently enjoy the challenge of my own home-based business, and several hobbies including photo editing, marketing consulting, cooking and golf. Someday I hope to write a book.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I had grown up in the Catholic faith, I did not feel connected to the church. I converted to the Lutheran church when I encountered the concept of grace for the first time. But later, when my life was in turmoil, I sought guidance from my pastor. It was clear to me that his advice, though sound and right, was the 'textbook' answer. I wanted something more. I became acquainted with a member of the Mormon church and had the opportunity to talk with a Mormon bishop who, without knowing me, gave not only the same sound advice but also answered questions I had but was afraid to ask. I began the discussions with sister missionaries and attended church. I was a little overwhelmed by the experience when complete strangers came up to me, introduced themselves and welcomed me to their church. I saw families sitting together with arms around each other, heads on shoulders enjoying Sunday worship, and it was all unfamiliar territory for me. I was anxious the whole time I was there. But as I was driving home, I knew I wanted to go back. I read the Book of Mormon and saw many examples of human nature that would play out the same way if the events happened today. The missionaries invited me to be baptized, but I wasn't ready yet. The discussions continued and my faith grew. And when I knew the church was true, the question became one of obedience. Would I be obedient and do what I knew I should do? Finally I was ready to be baptized. My bishop warned me of the certain opposition to come once the decision was made. And it came in spades. Doubt and fear came at me in every form. I wasn't sure I would go through with my baptism. But after much prayer, the peaceful assurance came and I was baptized. In the week following my baptism, I received a confirmation that my baptism had indeed washed away my past mistakes and that I could stand before the Lord knowing I was clean. It was an amazing, peaceful feeling. I had come to know my Heavenly Father knew me and loved me.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a counselor in the Young Women's organization in our ward, and love the chance I have to see the youth as they deepen their understanding of the gospel and apply it in their lives. The strength they show to stand strong for righteous ideals and principles in a world that is increasingly challenging in that regard is inspirational to me. I love the opportunity I have to teach, counsel and share my life experiences to have an impact for good upon their growing testimonies. I strive to grow personally by recognizing and working on overcoming my weaknesses and becoming a better person than I was yesterday. This includes my own personal quirks, my role as wife and mother in our family, and serving in the church. I am thankful for the guidance of the scriptures, our living prophets and the Spirit in this area to advance my personal and spiritual growth. I also strive for daily scripture study and prayer to keep close to the Spirit, continue to build my testimony and continually learn more about the gospel. I love feeling the Spirit guiding me and being able to help others, whether it be a friend who is struggling, a family member or another ward member.