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Hi I'm Lynn

I'm a Mormon. I am the father of 7 with 18 grandchildren. I am a retired attorney who loves to garden and write childrens stories.

About Me

I have enjoyed a rich work history: retired Lt. Col. (Judge Advocate in the USAF Reserve component), 34 years in private practice of law, and 6 years as a welfare services area director for the church in the Northern Plains Area. As a boy I helped my father and brothers in our mining activities in Nevada. There I learned to drive large vehicles and how to detonate explosives when needed as we built roads on the desert or did location work for mining claims. I was a Boy Scout achieving the rank of Life Scout (I couldn't swim well and did not get my Eagle). I continue in scouting at this time. A few years ago I received the Silver Beaver recognition through the Denver Area Council. My wife and I served as missionaries for the church in Siberia for 18 months and returned home a year ago. We are planning to go on another mission and will submit our paper work shortly. We continue our study of the Russian language in hopes of being better equiped to communicate with our friends in Russia if we are called to go there again. As a young man I was a missionary in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi. It was a marvelous time in my life. Five of our children have also served as missionaries: one in Texas, one in Eastern Canada, one in Japan, one in Germany, and one in France.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always attended church. But when I was in my mid-teens I really began thinking more deeply about religion. I studied the scriptures and tried to do what I understood God expected of me. In the Book of Mormon I found a witness for Christ that really touched me. I applied the promise found in the book that if one were to read it, with real intent, and ask God in the name of Christ if it were true he would manifest the truth of the book unto the reader by the power of the Holy Ghost. I read the Book of Mormon and did as it directed and received a confirmation of its truthfulness. It has been a marvelous assurance as I have studied the life of Christ. I really do know that he lives, that he is our Savior, and that through him and his atonement we can become like him in so many ways. The path of activity in the church which began in earnest when I was a teen has continued and I have been blessed beyond measure because of it.

How I live my faith

The church has given me many opportunities to serve - individually and in callings shared with my wife. Most recently we served as missionaries in Siberia for 18 months. We have been home a year and have been studying Russian with tutors in hopes of being asked to go back to Russia as we submit our application to serve another mission this month. However, we will be delighted to go wherever we are assigned. At the present I served in a public affairs calling which permits me to meet with government leaders, great people and leaders in other faith groups, and representatives in the media. Earlier in my life I served in various leadership callings in the church where I came to appreciate the fact that all members of the church are all given the opportunity to serve and grow. Whether as a teacher, a scout leader, or a presiding officer in the church, I always found joy and peace in the things I was asked to do.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Lynn
The doctrine of the church is not the same as the official doctrine of other religions. However the church teaches what most people believe. Many religions teach that God has no body, parts, or passion. Most people believe, however, that he is real, that we are created in his image and likeness, and that he loves us. The purpose of the resurrection of Christ was to permit all of us to have a body in the eternities as does God. Otherwise, why do we need to be resurrected? Further, though most religions teach that men and women marry until death, our church teaches that families can be together forever. We cannot think of heaven without thinking of family. Most people believe they will see family and loved ones when they leave this life, but our church really teaches this and tells us how it can be. Additionally, though many churches teach that an individual must accept/confess Christ in this life or he cannot be saved, in our church we learn how all who have ever lived will be given the opportunity to learn of and accept Christ - even if they lived in a time and a place when there was no way they could learn of him in this life. The fact that the church has teachings on these and other subjects about which other religions are silent has resulted in the church being labeled a cult. Show more Show less