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Hi I'm DeLynn

I am a mother, a grandmother, a widow, a runner, and a full-time university student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, I received spiritual confirmation that he would in fact die, and that I needed to be prepared. This tender mercy inspired me to return to college to finish my degree, since I had few marketable skills at the time. I took classes on a part-time basis during my husband's illness so I could continue to care for him. Because I knew I would lose him, I began the grieving process almost immediately. This turned out to be a blessing. When he died, I had essentially been mourning for sixteen months already, and as a result, I had the emotional strength to help my children through their grief. After his death, I became a full-time student. I will graduate in December 2013. In 2004, I started running to lose the weight I'd gained with five children. A few years later, my husband reluctantly began running, too. He didn't love it, but he knew it would improve his health. We had talked about running a local half marathon together. Sadly, he passed away before we could complete our goal. Two years after his death, I ran the race with five other family members. We wore his picture and favorite quote, "Keep moving forward," on our shirts to inspire us. There were times during the race that I could feel his presence. It was a powerful experience I will never forget.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was baptized at the age of eight, I've come to realize I was not fully converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ until I faced the greatest trial of my life: my husband's illness and death. My life had been one of relative calm, with little happening to test my faith. Cancer changed everything. It seemed to carry with it a message from Heavenly Father: "Okay, you say the Atonement of Jesus Christ can give you the strength to overcome anything. Let's see you put your faith into action." Any illusion of control quickly evaporated from my life. But the beautiful thing is, I don't miss it. I have learned to entrust my life to my Savior because I know he can do a better job planning it than I ever could. Why? Because he sees the entire picture, whereas I can only see a few pixels at a time. I am humbled by the effect of His grace in my life. Everything I've accomplished in the past five years--or ever--is a direct result of the enabling power of the Atonement. I claim no credit for myself because I know that my own native talents and abilities are insufficient. Thankfully, the Savior makes up the difference, allowing me to become more with him than I could become on my own. One of the most comforting doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that of the resurrection. Christ rose from the grave, and has promised the same blessing for us. I know I will see my husband again. And because we were married and sealed to each other and our family forever in God's holy temple, we can look forward to spending eternity together. I miss my husband deeply, but this knowledge softens the sting of our temporary separation.

How I live my faith

I teach the fourteen and fifteen year old young women in our congregation several Sundays each month. The lessons focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ. During a recent lesson, we discussed the twin principles of grace and works, and our need for both in order to attain salvation through Jesus Christ. Teaching these sweet girls gives me the opportunity to study the teachings of my Savior and testify of their truthfulness on a regular basis. In addition to my Sunday responsibilities, I visit three other women in my ward each month. The purpose of the visit is to fellowship, encourage, teach and serve one another. Some of my strongest and longest friendships have come as a result of these visits.