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Hi I'm Howard Bybee

I was raised in California and have lived in Utah since 1982. I am a librarian about to retire and go on a mission.I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a family history librarian. My wife and I are parents of six children and an increasing number of grandchildren. I have been a business man, archaeologist, and librarian. When I was a young man, for two and a half years, I was a missionary in Southern France. My activities include genealogy/family history, church service, mountain biking, gardening, wood working, amateur photography, reading history, memorizing favorite passages of scripture, and studying languages. I have traveled in Japan, Costa Rica, Syria, Jordan, France, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. When I retire I plan to be a missionary somewhere in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Mormon Church. When a young man I listened to the teachings of my parents, instructors at church, the leaders of the church on the radio, and read the scriptures. The Book of Mormon rang true to me and I love to read it often, along with the Bible and other wonderful publications by notable authors. My experience as a missionary reinforced my convictions and brought me close to the Lord. Service in the Church over the years has taught me about human nature and the reason for being on this earth. Through study, prayer, and service I have come to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Church of our Lord and Savior, his Kingdom on the earth. Through it and the ordinances performed in the temple, such as marriages, baptisms, and other work for the living and our deceased ancestors, families can be united in the eternities. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Mormon Church has brought me peace of mind, health of body, love of my fellow man, and of my wife and children. I know that by living the principles taught in the scriptures and learned through personal revelation I can have the greatest joy in this life and in the eternities.

How I live my faith

Through the Church and my occupation I am able to teach how to do genealogy/family history. I lecture at conferences and I assist people who come to our library to find their ancestors. The Church has a lay ministry, which means that each person serves without pay when called upon to participate in the operation of the Church. I have served as a Bishop of a congregation of the Church on two occasions for a total of 8 years, a Sunday School instructor, as a Boy Scout leader, a Seminary Teacher, a leader in the Priesthood organizations of the Church and a Home Teacher. Every member of the Church serves as a visitor to a few families to teach, encourage, and serve each other. Though assigned to visit specific families, we enjoy visiting with many members of our community to bring them fellowship and assistance when they are in need.

What is being a Mormon like?

Howard Bybee
Being a Mormon is being a follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ, serving our neighbors, raising children who will be honest, hard working, kind, charitable members of any community in which they live. It is being understanding and accepting of those of differing beliefs, and willing to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through example and precept to all around me. I don't consider myself different from any other Christian who loves his neighbor, loves God, lives in harmony with all around, and who cares about his community, nation, and even the welfare and well being of or our fellows all over the world. I find peace and happiness in understanding that I came from the presence of God as a spirit, born into a physical body to a loving family, that I can live a life of service, learning, and prosperity, and that someday I will die and receive a reward commensurate with my behavior and obedience to the principles that God has revealed to his children on this earth, and that I will live forever with my wife and other loved ones forever. That to me is the reason I can face any obstacle, knowing that trials strengthen us, and that all mankind will be rewarded or punished according to their actions by a just God. But punishment is simply a result of poor decisions and actions to bring us to our senses and cause us to repent and become better, not the vengeance of an angry God, because he loves us. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Howard Bybee
The Bible, for me, is the word of God revealed to prophets and Apostles of Jesus Christ up until shortly after Christ's crucifixion. It contains the story of the ministry and life of Christ, prophecies of his coming, and inspiring accounts of the lives of ancient followers of Christ that inspire me. Show more Show less