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Hi I'm Lynn Wardle

I'm a son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, lawyer, law professor, jogger, skier, swimmer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a son (of Dennis & Mary) brother (of two sisters and three brothers) ), husband (of Marian), father (of David and Jonathan), father-in-law (of Kalli and Emily), and a grandfather (of David Brent, Diana, Mary and Eldon Dennis, and of Ryan, Piper, and Ashton, and another soon to be born), and I have many other wonderful relatives and friends. I studied Political Science and International Relations (B.A. BYU, 1971), graduated from Duke University School of Law (J.D. 1974), and served in the US Army (commissioned a 2d Lt through the ROTC). I was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica (1974-75), an associate with a law firm in Arizona. For over 30 years I have been a law professor. I have taught Family Law, Biomedical Ethics & Health Law, Conflict of Laws, Civil Procedure, and Origins of the Constitution. I have been an officer of international scholarly organizations for family law. I enjoy sports, reading, films, good food, friends, long walks, hikes, wave-running, skiing, and time with family and friends. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines (part of the Southern Far East Mission when I began, but called the Philippines Mission when I finished), and loved sharing the gospel with many wonderful, warm, gracious, inquisitive, bright and friendly Filipino people. I have served in Scouting and other LDS Church positions working with youth and young adults for many years.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the faith of my parents and many other ancestors for several generations. Undoubtedly, that family heritage has influenced me to explore and consider carefully the teaching of that church. But I also was taught by my parents and progenitors to learn for myself; to critically examine and thoughtfully, thoroughly scrutinize the doctrines, history, practices and programs that make up the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From that effort, I have learned to love the scriptures (including the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants and Pearl of Great Price). I have discovered the integrity, harmony, coherence, and deep validity of those teachings. But most importantly, I have discovered by faith and the repeated whisperings of the Spirit the truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that we have a Heavenly Father who knows and loves each of us dearly, that Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the divine Son of God, who descended into mortality, taking upon himself corruptible flesh, to teach us and to show us how to live as God wants us to live; He suffered a brutal death to redeem us from our sins; and He was resurrected to deliver us from the chains of death. His gospel is empowering and enabling Way of Truth and Life; His Priesthood given to worthy men (and young men) is the power to act in His name in doing His works of good and service; and His Church has been restored to strengthen and to support us in following Him. Christ is the only name through which we may find salvation and Eternal Life; God gave us mortal life that we could become more like Him; and the purpose and work of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is to help us have joy through immortality and eternal life.

How I live my faith

I try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ in my thoughts, words, acts and my interactions with other people. I try to let the light of his gospel shine through my deeds and expressions. I make and try to keep sacred covenants. I try to read the scriptures daily and to faithfully keep the Sabbath a day of rest and holiness, and to obey the commandments and teachings of Jesus Christ. I have served my ward, stake and Church in many callings in the Aaronic Priesthood, Melchizedek Priesthood, in bishoprics, stake presidencies, high councils, as a Scout leader (Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Explorer Scouts), Sunday School teacher, and many other callings. Currently I serve as a counselor in a bishopric (ministry leadership) of a ward of students (young single adults) and spend many hours every week in that service. I aksi try to serve in the temple weekly. I try to be a good member of my neighborhood, community, state, nation, and profession. I donate to charitable organizations and give a lot of time in service in service organizations and in pro bono legal service (I organized the "Tuesday Night Bar" at BYU Law School for that purpose). I try to faithfully live by the principles I espouse. I am not perfect and try to remember how deeply, eternally indebted I am to the Savior. Truly, "God so love the world that he gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life."