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Hi I'm Lynn.

I love being an Aunt. I can eat a lot. I'm a nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Because I live in the DC area, most of my free time is spent in traffic. It took me a while to finally get there, but after graduating with degrees in two different fields, I now work at a family practice office as a nurse. I know that I am supposed to use my talents and energy to help people and I get to do it every day. Whether it's a kid who has to get shots or an adult who is in pain, I can help them feel understood and safe. I love my job! Because I also speak Spanish, which I learned as a full time missionary in Santiago, Chile I can connect with even more people. My life right now is decorated with wonderful people. My coworkers, my 6 fabulous housemates, and my family. I have 6 remarkable siblings and 11 nieces and nephews. I'm so grateful for the ways technology has allowed us to stay connected with each other's lives. We live all the way across the country, but because of email, phones, and blogs we are able to stay close. I love EATING, and thankfully, I also enjoy cooking. Being near (or in) bodies of water like rivers, lakes and oceans make me happy to be alive. I get excited about the changing of the seasons, and when that includes summer to fall I get a little extra pumped for BYU Football. It is a source of joy in my life that nothing else provides. Go Cougs!

Why I am a Mormon

By the time I was born, my parents had gone through the process of deciding to be baptized and become members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with being sealed forever as a family with my four older siblings. That means I was the first to be born into the promise and blessing of belonging to an eternal family. As I got older that example of choosing to follow Christ, and learning and serving actively in His gospel continued from my parents and older brothers and sister. I knew for myself that I also wanted to be a part of what made us all so happy as a family. We moved around a lot when I was young. The gospel teachings we had in common and the Church we attended kept us unified and gave us a constant source of support and friends. We experienced first hand how members of the Church form a world wide community, much like a family. I soon found that I wasn't scared to move away because I knew I would have friends by the next Sunday! As a young adult I have always had a strong sense of who I am, where I belong, and what I need to do in order to be happy in life. I recognized how different that made me from my peers in High School who struggled with identity and motivation. I know that direction and self-worth comes from knowing I am loved by my Heavenly Father, that He has a plan for me, and that He can direct me individually as I pray and seek Him through the words of His prophets, whether in the scriptures or those He has called to lead the Church today. No other community of believers has access to that power and that reality the way members of this church do. Knowing that and making it a part of me has changed my life.

How I live my faith

I know that I stand out, and I see that as a blessing. I choose to follow what I believe is God's counsel for how I should live my life. I refrain from doing, seeing, and saying things that would keep me from feeling His influence and strength. I feel better when I remind myself through scripture study and prayer how real He is and how much He loves me. I want my home to feel like He is welcome there. I have been able to teach Sunday School classes in one of our weekly meetings for the past several years. We study principles from the Old and New Testament, the Book of Mormon, and Church History. I have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost directing what I should say, questions I should ask, and even the answers from members of the class. I have been guided and strengthened beyond my own capacity to prepare and teach lessons from the scriptures which reach people and change their hearts, bringing them closer to Christ. I have personally witnessed it time and time again, as a proof to me that God is in this work, and that He wants us to know Him and His plan for us. Currently at church I am lucky enough to be one of two people who is assigned to play the piano for the meetings of our congregation's organization for women, Relief Society.