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Hi I'm Lynnette

I have a great love for many things: animals, children, books, Montana. My greatest desire is to understand. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a columnist, wife, and mother of three. Three human off-spring that is. I also consider family two dogs, four cats, a hamster, four squirrels, and seven fox. But then I might be going a bit overboard ;) My husband is currently in dental school. I love mountains, rivers, and lakes, so my heart is in Montana. But I'm enjoying the adventure of dental school as a great side trip. I've worked in politics, as a manager of a resort in Belize, a ski instructor, and a few other odds and ends. My biggest gift is knowing that everything contains something to learn, and every place another soul worth understanding. I believe there is a purpose. I believe in hard work. I believe in service. I get tired. I sometimes like to be alone. I hurt at the world's pain, and I miss those who have died and I can't currently see. I enjoy art and music, but I'm not good at it. Nothing soothes me better than a big furry dog hug. I thank God everyday for a good and kind husband, along with the health and safety of my family. And whoever you are, I'm wishing you the best.

Why I am a Mormon

In my twenties it felt like the world was at my door. Life was moving fast, and it seemed easy to take it by the horn and enjoy the ride. Then there was a knock at my door, and someone told me my sister, who was 15, had been killed by a drunk driver. Everything came to a crashing halt as I realized that we have no concrete hold on the things we love. This realization brought me to the core questions of life. If we can't keep close to us the most important elements, what is all of this effort about? I faced the question fully, is there purpose? I also faced the contradictory paths that the two answers would take. I realized that no matter how long I studied, what I did, I could never KNOW for a surety the answer to this question. But to really make use of one life, I should choose one path. I did, and that little mustard seed of faith has brought me bushel upon bushel of blessings. I now realize there is only one way of knowing, but the first step is faith. Faith is believing in something unseen. Until I took this step into the darkness, faith and it's blessings made little sense to me. It only seemed blind. Since joining the church my life has not been perfect. But where there once was fear, worry, anger, and a shoulder set against any who would stand in my way, now exists a peacefulness of heart and mind that carries me through the storms of life. I no longer feel as low, as lost, or confused as I once did. Prayer, scripture study, and service are corners of my everyday life. As cornerstones they have built a foundation that feels secure against any storm. I'm thankful for the love of my family, for our church community, and for the service both have taught me to make. I'm a Mormon because when I read the Book of Mormon, when I pray, when I attend church and look to the Holy Spirit every part of me whispers the truth of it. I'm a Mormon because it has changed my life for the better.

How I live my faith

I currently teach young boys in Scouts. I've also taught children from age 4-12, served as a Secretary in the women's organization portion of our church, written monthly newsletters, and put together directories for our ward. Out of my official callings, I've stacked wood, cleaned houses, laid tile, brought meals, and visited the sick and afflicted. I listen daily to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and welcome every opportunity to serve. Each time I am enormously blessed.