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Hi I'm Lynette

I grew up in Camp Verde, Arizona. I am going to college to become a high school math teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town. My dad used to take me hunting and fishing, like he did growing up. I like to backpack and camp. I also swim a lot! I was a lifeguard for six years. Now I am attending the University of Arizona and majoring in mathematics. I am going to be a high school math teacher. This is my last semester of normal classes; next semester I do my student teaching. My husband and I were married on August 7th, 2010, so we are still newly weds! After just over a year he is still my best friend. When we first got married we were both full-time college students, and that was so hard! He got his degree last May and started his career, and that was even more difficult! It's a hard time to start a career, but we are so happy. I wouldn't trade what I've got for anything! Now that I'm close to graduating we are thinking about having kids and really starting a family. It's difficult though. Our little one-bedroom apartment sometimes feels too small for just the two of us! And he has some health issues. He has Crone's disease and keeps it in remission with a strict diet. Anybody who has dietary issues, I am now an expert at cooking without corn, wheat, sugar, dairy, peanuts, almonds, eggs, soy, and a whole bunch of other little things! Who knew that corn starch, corn oil, and corn syrup are in so many things! It helps you simplify your life though, and it keeps us healthy. I feel like life is just getting started and I can't wait!

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized a couple weeks before I turned 17. None of my family ever decided to join the Church. When I grew up we tried a couple different Christian churches, but never felt welcome anywhere, so my family was kind of... Christian at home. We just believed in God quietly to ourselves. When I began to go to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I felt so at home. I was nervous because I was unfamiliar with it, but I felt the Spirit, and I knew that the Lord was pleased with my decision to be there. I went to church for a couple years before I was baptized. I think I just didn't really know what to do next, and no one was pressuring me at all, so I just kept going. I got answers to questions I never knew I had! Answers about heaven, and the atonement of Christ. I never felt like I had a relationship with my Lord and my Redeemer before, but the Church has helped me develop that relationship. I also made a lot of mistakes... I wasn't an awful person or anything, but my life was kind of stuck before I joined the Church. I was content being a stupid teenage girl before (and doing the things that stupid teenage girls do), but since then I've progressed, and I will never be done progressing. I've learned that every commandment given to us from the Lord brings us more blessings and freedoms than restrictions, and that every commandment can always be followed better. You can do the minimum to get by, or you can find great joy in doing more.

How I live my faith

Even though they did not mind when I first joined the Church, there began to be tension between my family and I over the Church. Being Mormon is a way of life; it's living life the way the Lord wants you to because you love Him. It's the way you talk, pray, eat... I didn't want to go grocery shopping on Sundays anymore because I was trying to make that one day a week a day I gave to the Lord and they just didn't understand why I did things like that, or why I turned down an inch of wine when they told me it OK (note that I was underage still). Some anger formed, and I soon became an expert on anti-Mormon stuff; it was the stuff my family threw at me whenever they were mad. Before I was a Mormon things like that would have gotten me to respond in kind. I was always the type who yelled back when I was yelled at. Thank goodness that Heavenly Father was watching out for me. For years I had better control over my temper than I had ever had in my life! Each day I felt that, if I had come this far and put up with this much for what I know to be true, I can do it for another day. I realized, for the first time in my life, what it meant to do what I knew the Lord wanted me to do in the face of active opposition and that opposition came from the people I loved most. I did not speak harshly to my family, but I cried a lot and was not close to them. I was waiting. Around the time I got married something clicked. They realized that it was their attitudes that kept us apart, not the Church. I am closer with them now than I've been since elementary school. I am thankful that my Heavenly Father guided me during that time so that I did not burn bridges. I'm still learning how to be a good Mormon, but all Mormons are still learning that! As I study my scriptures and pray I draw closer to my Lord and Saviour. My husband and I just started teaching youth Sunday school and I think that I am learning more than the youth!

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Lynette
If there are Mormon women being suppressed somewhere, it has nothing to do with the Church. As convert to this religion I have never been disappointed by my position or the way that I'm treated. Not by my husband, my father-in-law or bishop, or anyone. There is controversy because women are not able to hold the priesthood, but I have no desire to hold the priesthood and let me tell you why. I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father, a princess, daughter of the most high King. I am different from my husband. I am thankful for the way that I was made, the ways in which I am different. I will hopefully get to be a mother someday, and I would never trade that for the priesthood. Even if I can not bare children, I can be a mother to anyone because I am a nurturer. If I need the blessings of the priesthood (which everyone does sometimes) I ask my husband or my bishop or someone. They are always more than happy to help. In short, the key to not feeling oppressed is in being happy with the way God made you. Performing your own, unique role in life in a way that is satisfying. Every child of Heavenly Father has a unique position to fulfill in the Lord's kingdom, and every position is necessary and no one can substitute for you. You don't have to feel oppressed or wish after someone else's role. You are loved and important already. Show more Show less