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Hi I'm Lyndsi

I live in Nebraska. I'm a wife, friend, student, and dog-lover. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at UNL and will eventually get my degree in Elementary Education/Special Ed. "Eventually" because I'm almost a senior as far as num. of credits but I've had to start over a couple times from credits not transferring AND I keep switching my major haha.. I have an awesome husband whom I love very much, he is my best friend. And I have two babies--Coton De Tulear's (dogs) who are adorable, well behaved, and very spoiled. We bought a house a few years ago that we enjoy fixing up/updating/and decorating. It's been a long process and we haven't done anything in a few months (because we're poor students) but it's fun all the same. I love movies and music and my friends and family. I am the funniest person that I know (I believe it's genetic) Life is so much fun when you can laugh. I can argue like nobody's business! But (unlike what my mother would probably say,) I don't argue just to argue, I do it to find a logical truth. 'Because someone told me so,' just does not cut it for me. I need to know WHY and then I analyze that 'why' to see if it's any good or if another option would be better. Any time I get new information that challenges what I already think I know, I'll ask questions, research, and find answers until I either find flaws with the new information or I accept it. This is one of the reasons why I love the L.D.S church. The more I learn about it, the more sense it makes--which is the only religion where I've found this to be true.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the L.D.S church but being a Mormon in Utah was easy. My faith had never been seriously challenged before. I was comfortable doing this half way. It wasn't until I got married that I realized how weak my testimony really was. My husband and I would sleep in some Sundays and not go to church. I had never been very good at praying regularly or reading my scriptures but even the little I did became even less. I got lazy.. A year after we got married, we found out we were going to Nebraska (my husband got accepted to UNL's grad school program.) Moving to a state where we had no friends, family, or anyone at all who knew us, it would have been so easy to fall away from the church completely. Drinking was expected, going out on Sundays was expected. Living here (Lincoln) required us to either step up or fall away. Also, our previous ward was huge, we didn't have ANY responsibilities, and (because we didn't go to church many times) barely anyone noticed when we weren't there. Our new ward, however, was tiny compared to what we were used to! We each had been asked to take on a service position in the ward within the first 2 weeks of moving in. I was expected to visit teach 4 different women in the ward EVERY month. Working full time and going to school as well, I was SUPER stressed out and had a bad attitude about it all. But I went to church and fulfilled my responsibilities because people were relying on me to do it. As time passed I started to get to know the ladies I had to visit each month and started looking forward to it. I got a calling that I absolutely love. I started putting my heart into the service. Church meetings were no longer just time filled with doodling, or playing "the dot game." I started really listening to the speakers and finding inspiration in their words. I have such a great testimony of His church now. I Believe Heavenly Father knew I needed a kick in the butt to get me where I needed to be spiritually.

How I live my faith

I help the young women in the ward (ages 12-18.) I teach them Sunday-school lessons about once a month and I help plan and coordinate activities weekly. I love getting to know each of the young women and their specific personalities and needs. I try to better myself always, in my education and career preparation, as a Latter Day Saint, as a wife, as a daughter, and as a future mother. I try to be a good example because especially here, where there are not a ton of Mormons, and since people know that I am a Mormon, everything I do can be looked at like "oh, that's what Mormons do." I support my friends in their faiths as I expect them to support me in mine. I try to be open and honest about my religion and as such I am often asked questions about what I believe. I think being a good example is the best missionary tool. I am genuinely happy in life and my faith plays a huge part in that.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Something my grandpa mentioned in passing one time affected me so strongly and stuck with me ever since. He is an awesome member of the church but when he was young and dating my grandma, he did not have as strong of a testimony at all. He said the thing that first sparked his testimony in the church was that whether or not it was true, if there was even a possibility that he could be together forever with his sweetheart, it was worth it all. Yes, we believe in forever families :) Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

We believe that "tithing," or donating 10% of all earned income, is an opportunity for blessings not just a way to finance the operation of churches, temples, and humanitarian efforts (If that's not reason enough). For example, when Brandon and I were first married, we had 3-4 months that were really hard financially. I worked at a bank and was all about managing money. Each month I would make spreadsheets tracking our income and our fixed and variable expenses. I would try and figure out a budget to where we could get everything paid but no matter what, I couldn't do it. We were not making enough to cover everything and pay tithing--10 percent is no insignificant amount. But each month, we paid our tithing and somehow it always worked out. I was baffled because the numbers said it shouldn't work. Because of this I have such a strong testimony of the importance of paying tithing. God will bless you when you help facilitate His work. Show more Show less