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Hi I'm Lewis Rawlinson

I grew up in a small town in Utah, and served a mission in Austria. I'm married, with 5 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Delta, a small farming community in west central Utah, USA. After high school graduation I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Austria. I sought higher education at three different colleges and universities in Utah, eventually graduating with a teaching degree in German, with a minor in vocal music. before completing my degree, I served in the U.S. Army, being stationed in Korea during the Viet Nam Era. Shortly after returning from Korea, I met my future wife, Tess, at Brigham Young University. We married almost a year later. We have five children, two boys and three girls (in that order), and 14 grandchildren. After working a variety of jobs, none of which were teaching German or music, I gained employment at a power plant which was being built in the Delta area and retired after 26 years, initially as an Instrumentation and Controls Technician, then as a Technical Trainer. For the past two years, I have been an ordinance worker at the Manti, Utah, LDS Temple. My hobbies, as may be expected, include grandkids, music, golf, fishing, camping, and hunting. Any spare time is spent in reading a variety of literature, including scripture, mysteries, and some science fiction.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with a rich history of church membership, and was raised as a member: being baptized as an eight-year-old, and progressing through the church priesthood advancements as expected, beginning at age 12. I attended Brigham Young University (with limited success) for one semester after high school graduation, then went on a church mission to Austria. two-and-a-half years serving the Lord in fairly difficult circumstances grew my understanding of the church, but left me frustrated about my own progress and value as a church member. over the following years I served in the military, attended three different colleges and universities, graduated, married and started a family. I worked in several areas of employment, and served in many different callings in the church. Through all of these and other experiences I have sought to study the teaching and principles espoused by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have found heroes in those who humbly serve at every level in the church. While I have certainly seen mortal weakness, I have found the ultimate examples of humility in my fellow church members who serve in unsung, sometimes unappreciated ways without expectation of worldly reward or recognition. I have found humble desire to serve their fellow men in almost all who serve in more visible callings in the church. Study of the scriptures, the teachings of the Prophets, and the confirmation of the Holy Ghost have convinced me that the wisdom of men, as seen in the great educators, the great political leaders, and the philosophers of these and other times cannot compare with the eternal logic inherent in the gospel of Jesus Christ as it is taught in this church. It is not only spiritual confirmation that convinces me of these things, but logic and reason when applied in the light of the gospel. Comparing worldly wisdom with God's revealed wisdom leaves no doubt in my mind that this church is Jesus's church!

How I live my faith

It has been my pleasure to work in musical areas within the church, serving choral director at several levels. I am often called on to lead the choral and congregational singing in local church meetings. I have participated as soloist with choirs and have performed as a soloist, accompanying myself on guitar, in less formal gatherings in church and community activities. Our community performs Handel's "Messiah" every year at Christmas time. I have participated in that great musical experience whenever I have been in the area, and have been the director of of the combined choir and orchestra for that performance for the past 20 years. I have served in non-musical leadership positions at ward and stake levels. One of my favorite things is to teach, and I have spent many years teaching youth and adults as a Sunday School teacher and a teacher in priesthood leadership positions. For the past two years I have served as an "ordinance worker" in the Manti, Utah temple.