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Hi I'm Lynne

I'm a wife, mother, Nana, German/French teacher (retired). I love my family, friends, chocolate, books, & travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Grateful that I could be a stay-at-home mom for my four children, I love my husband for affording me this opportunity. At various other times I have worked as a bank teller or loan department manager in 2 states and in Berlin, Germany. I have been an acquisitions librarian, taught piano, substitute-taught, worked with special-needs kids, taught German and French to high school students for 14 years, been active on many public school committees, both as a parent (site councils) and as an educator. I love to travel, especially to visit my children and grandchildren, as well as to Europe and Eastern Europe. I love to read, both for my own enjoyment, as well as to my Grandchildren. I like to listen to good music, sing, and play piano. In my spare time I've crocheted afghans for all my family, as well as hats and toy balls for children in foreign countries. I have completed many needlework projects and have sewn clothing, curtains and toys. I also like to build models. I love the mountains, especially the Alps.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I was just a regular kind of girl who did most of the normal things my friends did, except that I was a Mormon with a code of moral behavior and a health law that I observed. My decisions freed me from pre-marital relationships and from addictive bondage to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or gambling. Both my parents came from Mormon Pioneer families and they raised me to believe in God, to be a good Christian, to honor the Ten Commandments, to love my family, and to read the Bible and Book of Mormon. We had family prayer morning and night, we read scriptures, and we had family night each Thursday. In high school I was harassed because of my religion and my beliefs. Some students were prejudiced against Mormons, but they knew nothing about my religion. Those experiences led me to my own conversion, so that I no longer relied on the testimonies of my parents, my sisters, or of fellow church members. Three of my friends converted to the Mormon Church and I consider myself a "convert" to Mormonism, even though I have practiced that faith all my life. I have visited friends' churches on occasion out of respect for their religion, and have tried to understand why they adhered to a particular religion. But I always left their services with an empty and meaningless feeling in my soul. I was blessed with the gift of faith in God, in Jesus Christ, and in our living Prophet, but I needed to receive my own testimony of the Book of Mormon & that it was translated by Joseph Smith, a prophet of God. I know the Book of Mormon and the Bible testify of Jesus Christ. I know that I lived with God and Jesus Christ before birth, that I chose to come to Earth, and that I will be reunited with my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and my deceased ancestors when I depart this life. My husband & I and all our children, sealed together for time and eternity, will also be reunited after this life. God, Jesus Christ, and President Thomas Monson, our Prophet today, are my polar stars.

How I live my faith

In my church I learn to serve others, and I learn valuable skills as well. I have learned how to speak in public, accompany on the piano from the time I was 11, conduct a choir, sing in ensembles & choirs, teach adults, youth, and children; organize large cultural and social events; gain leadership skills by presiding over various organizations. I have helped with humanitarian efforts, for example: assembling kits for needy parents of newborns, making and filling school bags and sewing dresses for African children, assembling hygiene kits for disaster relief throughout the world and locally for sheltered abused women. I have sewn tiny baby outfits for burying infants who died prematurely. Currently I am a service missionary at our local employment resource services center one day each week, where we assist candidates from all religions and ethnic groups in gaining the skills they need to find employment or a better job. I have worked with men who have just been released from prison, trying to get their lives back, with newly-single moms needing work, and even with professionals who have been laid off in these tough economic times, serving potential employees and employers for free. I have seen God's hand in my work, helping me guide our candidates to jobs. I also care for children who are being sealed to their parents in our Temple. Many of the children have been adopted into loving families. In addition to the ways I serve, I read my scriptures alone and with my husband of 42 years daily. I pray morning and night, alone and with my sweet husband. I attend a nearby temple often, where I can feel Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We have Family Home Evening every Monday with our daughter, son-in-law and three sons. Profound but simple truths come from the mouths of those beautiful children. I take the Sacrament every Sunday to renew my baptismal covenants. I see bits of truth in other churches, but I am blessed to be a Mormon, to have all truth together.