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Hi I'm Lynn

I’m Hubby to LaRae (52+ years), Dad to 5, Gramps to 25, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Emeritus, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a science-related farmer’s household. Both Dad and Mom earned Masters degrees in entomology, but the economic realities of the day forced Dad to become a farmer to support his family. They continued their interest by collecting and classifying insects. Evenings after the chores were done often were devoted to examination the insects Dad had collected. It is no surprise that I chose science for a career, and not farming. I received a BS in Mining Engineering, graduating with High Honors and receiving the Theta Tau Outstanding Engineer award. After graduation I served two years in the Northern California mission. I entered graduate school upon return from my mission, majoring in Ceramic Engineering. LaRae and I married in June, 1959. After receiving my PhD in 1962 I joined the faculty of the a major research university. I served there 43 years, including stints as Department Chair and Associate Dean. I received the School’s teaching award and the Department’s Teacher of the Year award twice. I advised many PhD and MS students. My research areas encompassed theoretical and experimental aspects of high temperature ceramic and metal powder processing. I am a life member of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), where I served in all the leadership positions in the Basic Science Division, and twice as a Trustee. I was made a Fellow of the ACerS and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. I received the ACerS Outstanding Educator award.

Why I am a Mormon

I began by default, with faithful pioneer forbears and their faithful descendents. During my teen years I received a spiritual confirmation that the Church is God’s church on the earth, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Since then there has not been the slightest hint of doubt in my mind about the truth of the restored gospel and church. I have studied the teachings of the Catholic and Protestant churches, have good friends in both, and have attended and enjoyed their services. I have studied anti-Mormon literature and found nothing that would engender doubts in my mind. I have studied the history of the church and found agreements and disagreements with the claims of the anti-Mormons. In fact, if the bad things are true, it only makes more remarkable the wonderful things Joseph Smith produced and accomplished. Over five decades of study and research have resulted in a firm foundation for the faith initially discovered as a 17 year old. My conviction of the truth of the restored gospel and church is based on 3 factors, any one of which would be sufficient for me to continue to worship as I do. The first in importance is the witness of the Holy Ghost that it is true. The second is the consistency of the teachings of the latter-day scriptures with the Bible when you discount the pagan Greek philosophy introduced by Augustine and others. These scriptures provide much greater enlightenment on the divinity of Jesus Christ, the power of his atonement, and God’s plan of happiness. Third is the complexity of the literary structure of the latter-day scriptures which goes far beyond anything even a clever mortal could devise. Finally, it is my witness that Jesus Christ lives and is the literal son of God the Father, that He is the Redeemer and Savior of the world, that God lives, that we are literal spirit sons and daughters of Heavenly Parents and can become as They are, and this church is God’s church.

How I live my faith

Prayer and fasting are keys to my relationship with my Savior and my Heavenly Father. Scripture study has sustained my faith and my interest since high school days. Although I wasn’t very involved during my early teens, I began to be awakened about the time I was ordained a priest in the Aaronic priesthood when I was 16. Since then, I have found joy in being fully involved in the church. Seminary wasn’t available in the little town near our farm in Idaho, but I attended during my Senior year when we moved to Utah. I attended anInstitute of Religion during my undergraduate and graduate years, where my interest in scripture research deepened. My intense study of scripture reached a breakthrough when I first discovered chiasmus in the Doctrine and Covenants in 1988. In three years of intense work I reformatted the latter-day scriptures and parts of the Bible to show the literary structure. My understanding of scripture exploded upon finding the structure. My mission was a great experience for me. My understanding and appreciation of the Bible expanded as I studied it and discussed it with investigators. Key to my faith was living my life within the bounds defined by the Lord that would keep me worthy to enter the temple to be endowed with power from on high, and to be married and sealed to my wife for time and for all eternity. The latter was accomplished after returning from my mission, and 52+ years with LaRae have been a wonderful part of my faith. Service in the church is another key. I have enjoyed teaching youth, Seminary, Institute, and Continuing Education classes. LaRae and I served two missions, one at a temple and one at anInstitute of Religion. I served as counselor to two bishops, bishop, High Councilor, Family History Director (13 years), Stake Patriarch since 1987, and temple sealer since 1992. I know that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, that the Bible and the latter-day scriptures are true, and that this is the Lord’s church.