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Hi I'm Lindsey

I live in Michigan. I'm a Mom. I'm a hospice chaplain. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I went to college to be a veterinarian but soon learned that wasn't going to work for me. I decided to become a pastor in the United Church of Christ. I was in my third year of my Masters of Divinity when I met a group of members from the LDS Church while attending karaoke. I became good friends with the LDS members and eventually started dating my now husband. I took the discussions with the missionaries during my final year of school and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints less than two months after my graduation. One year later my husband and I were married in a civil ceremony and we are still hoping to be sealed in the Temple in the future. I had a horse back riding lesson program at our home in North Carolina but when we had our daughter we decided to leave everything behind and move to Michigan so that our little girl could grow up around my family. My wonderful husband reluctantly agreed to move and has done everything possible to make the transition a success. I was blessed to be able to stay at home with our daughter until she was 16 months old. When we moved to Michigan my Father was able to watch my daughter and I started working part-time as a hospice chaplain. It has been a rewarding and eye-opening experience. We are blessed with a wonderful ward and have already made great friends. We feel like we are where we are supposed to be at this time in our lives and look forward to the blessings to come.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Catholic Church. Although there were many things I liked about Catholicism I had reservations about some of the rituals and practices and the fact that women seemed to have very little role in the church. I also didn't like that the church my family attended had over 2,000 members and it seemed easy to go unnoticed. After highschool I started attending the United Church of Christ. I loved the services and the people. I felt like I could make a difference in this smaller church. I immediately joined the choir and became good friends with many of the members. One day the pastor was out on vacation and a woman minister came in to take his place for the service. I was amazed, as it had never occurred to me that women could be ministers. I spoke with our regular pastor as soon as he returned and began working toward becoming a minister. I really enjoyed working in that church but once I got to Duke and learned more about what being a pastor entailed I was uncertain whether it was the right path for me. It was at this frustrating and complicated time in my life, where I again thought I had a plan and then realized it was not right for me, that I met the 'Mormons'. I befriended them instantly as they were a friendly and caring bunch of people. I found it wonderfully refreshing that they didn't drink alcohol or smoke. They introduced me to their Church without prodding or pushing and I agreed to speak with the missionaries. I continued the discussions with the Missionaries during my final year at Duke. They made sure to answer all of my questions or find other members who could do so if they did not have the answers. After a careful study of the Book of Mormon and the Church I felt that it was the most true and accurate Church that I had ever encountered and wanted to be a part of it. Two months later I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have never regretted that decision.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings in the Church that I have enjoyed. In the area of music I have been Choir Director, Chorister for the women's group (Relief Society) and Ward Music Coordinator. In the education area I taught the 5 year old primary class for a year and a half, I have taught in the Relief Society and I was teacher of the Gospel Doctrine (adult) class for almost a year. I have also been Secretary in the Young Women program, a worker in the library and a Family History Consultant. Currently, I am the New Mom Coordinator for our Ward. Basically, we have so many young couples in our Ward that there are several new babies born a month so we had to make a special calling for someone to follow up with and make sure needs are taken care of for all of those new moms. I love that our church gives all of their members callings (or jobs) because it gives each member a purpose and makes them feel a part of the congregation. When people have a purpose it helps them to know they make a difference and that their presence would be missed. I also have a strong testimony of the Visiting Teaching program in the Church. One of the reasons I was doubting becoming a pastor in a church was the overwhelming sense that came over me when I discovered the intense amount of work involved. In most churches the pastor is expected to be the sole visitor of the parishioners. That entails a great deal of time and commitment and is nearly impossible to do perfectly and still have time for anything else. This is why I believe the visiting and home teaching programs are so inspired. When the work is spread throughout the members of the church it is not too big a job for any one person and is more likely to be accomplished. "Many hands make light work."