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Hi I'm Lynn

I grew up as a hard working farm boy. I was educated in Utah and MInnesota and I am a Mormon..

About Me

As a young boy, my famliy lived in town and farmed about 3 miles south of town. We milked 15 to 25 cows by hand (at first) and raised their feed. We raised some beef animals and some sugar beets. It was hard work and quite different from today's large scale farming practices. My senior year of high school I has awarded a small scholarship to the state agricultual collage. That opened the door to a wonderful life of opportunity. I received BS and MS degrees before marrying and serving in the Army. My food science training enabled me to serve my military service at the Army Food Laboratory and have my wife with me. After the Army, I continued my education and earned a Ph.D. in Food Science. I worked 12 years in the food industry in Illinois and California prior to joining the faculty of Brigham Young University. I taught food science courses for 28 years and served as Department Chair for 9 years before retiring. My wife and I have raised 7 children and currently have 18 grand children. I have worked with youth in scouting and in the Church much or my life. I have had a variety of experience in the Church, including a mission to Florida and two terms as Bishop, once for a congregation of married students and a second for a congregation of singles.

Why I am a Mormon

First: I was born of wonderful parents, who taught me to believe. My earliest recollections are of going to church, family home evenings and stories of Jesus read to me by my mother. The gospel of Jesus Christ was their way of life. They never disappointed me by teaching one thing and doing another. Second: I believe in the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ because it answers so many questions that were not answered clearly before. It makes clear the purpose of this life, where we came from, what lies ahead and how we can rise to our full potential and realize our purpose. It explains that the heavens are not sealed and that God continues to provide a record of his word throgh ancient and modern prophets. It explains how God governs his Church through servants who have divinely bestowed keys, continued communication, and responsibility to keep the doctrine pure. Third: I believe that the Book of Mormon is truly an ancient record that has been made available to us to give additional wittnesses that Jesus Christ is indeed our Savior and that he did perform the atonement. It is the fulfillment of the biblical prophecy in Isaiah 29: 11-14. Fourth: The testimony, life and mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith is another reason for my belief. Last and most compelling is that I have had several personal experiences that are very sacred to me where God has intervened in my life and responded to my pleadings in a way that has left me without doubt.

How I live my faith

I have been an active member of the Church all of my life. I was privileged to have wonderful parents and some sacred experiences of my own at a very young age that helped me to realize the value of the gospel and its teachings. That gave me the strength to remain strong when I was on my own at school. I remember going through a conversion process my freshman year at college. After asking a lot of questions and spending time on my knees, I was given a feeling of peace that this is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I elected to serve a mission after my freshman year. I enjoyed the experience of teaching the restored true gospel to many investigators and seening many accept and embrace it. No one learns more and cares more than the teacher. That was true for me. My most important responsibility has been that of a husband and father. It has been my role to make sure that we have a safe and loving home in which to raise our children. I have done my best to provide for them and to make sure that we kneel together as a family and that we express thanks to God at every meal. We reserved monday evenings for the family and had a weekly family meeting where the gospel was taught and family business was discussed. We have a close family with most embracing the principles that we hold so dear.