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Hi I'm Lynne

I'm a Mormon. I joined the church when I was 21, because I wanted to raise my future children with strong moral values.

About Me

I'm a nurse by profession, but spent 12 years at home, being a mother to 4 children. During the time at home, I learned to garden, bake bread, do home canning, use nutritional remedies, make quilts, do home remodeling and be a leader, thanks to opportunities to serve in the church. Now I am working as a psychiatric nurse therapist, helping adults and children who have suffered psychological trauma, but especially children who have been adopted. I work at staying healthy by eating well and by exercising at Curves or on my bike or walking/hiking.

Why I am a Mormon

My college years were in the midst of a culture shift away from traditional values. I watched many of my friends turn away from God and church and to discard their morals. I felt like a by-stander watching all of this go on, not agreeing, but having not much moral foundation to stand on. The church I had grown up in didn't give me enough guidance. I knew I needed to find a church that would enable me to raise my future children with a definite sense of what was right and wrong. When I found the Mormon church, I was impressed that it was full of young families. In my former church, there were very few young families. Most of the youth fell away. I loved the family values that the church taught. More than anything, I wanted a close family life, centered on the Savior. But in spite of all the good things I saw in the church, I did not join right away. When I did join, I was sure that I would keep the commitment I was making and I was sure that I was doing the right thing. That was 38 years ago. I am grateful for the direction my life took as a result. The Church has helped me become a better person and to grow spiritually. The Book of Mormon helped me to understand the Bible and to have the courage to read it and really study it. I have learned to use the scriptures to find answers to my problems and to seek God's will. I used to be a very willful person, but I have learned to be more humble and teachable. I used to invent in my mind what I thought God should be and was looking for some church that would substantiate my view of God. Now I seek for faith in what is true and listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Not everything in my life worked out the way I wanted it to, but I have learned that God can make miracles from life's messes if I just hold on. I have seen miracles occur because of faith and prayer. I know from a place deep down inside of me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.

How I live my faith

For the past 5 years I have been teaching the 10 and 11 year old children at church. I love this age group. They are old enough to begin learning the scripture stories on a deeper level, but young enough to still think everything is fun. I try to be creative in preparing my lessons to keep they interested and involved. I also serve as a "visiting teacher," which means I am assigned to 3 women--also church members--to visit monthly. Sometimes I have a companion, but sometimes I do not when I visit. I have become good friends with all 3 women and I am mindful of their needs. If at any time they need help and I cannot do it alone, I can report back to the president of our women's group and others will step in to help. During the years that I have visited, I have helped with packing & moving, with supporting & encouraging following a failed surgery that left my friend blind, with obtaining inspiring church books on CD for my sightless friend, with deaths in the family, and with a listening ear. Each month I take an inspirational message which I share during my visit. In the past I have had many opportunities to serve in other ways in the church. I have been a past leader of the women's group, of the young women's organization (like a youth group), and of the Primary Children's organization. I have also served in the meeting house library, on the social committee and as a teacher for the older teens.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

There is no other church that has a doctrine of how grace is extended to those who die without having a chance to know the Savior. A just and loving God would not send people to Hell because they were never given a chance in this life. Show more Show less