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Hi I'm Mary Lynn

I'm a grandma, soon to be a full-time missionary on an island in the South Pacific. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm first of all a mom and grandma, but was lucky enough after my children were raised to get a great job working in the legal profession as a secretary. I love to read British novels, walk outdoors, and travel, but most of all to spend time with grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ because it is all about love, and because it's personal. I know that God and his son, Jesus Christ, know me and love me as an individual; that they know my name, my hopes, my fears, my strengths and weaknesses, and are always prepared to help me in every way that is for my good, as long as I am prepared to receive. As I prepare to be far from my children and grandchildren for 18 months, I know as well that they will be taken care of. This assurance gives me peace in my heart, and a strong desire to help others come to know the love of our Savior and his Father, who is also our Father.

How I live my faith

As our family moved around, I had the opportunity to teach daily religion classes to high school age youth -- it was a terrific experience for me each time, especially as I learned to listen to them as they explained, shared, and testified of the spiritual truths they were learning. I will always treasure the time I had with them, and know that after many years "teaching," I learned more than I taught. Now I'm about to serve with my husband as a full-time missionary in a country that I hadn't heard of a few months ago. I'm excited for the chance to experience a different culture and meet people who may not have heard of Jesus Christ.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Mary Lynn
I believe that we don't have a paid clergy because it's important to serve with love, not thinking of what I will receive for my service, but concentrating on how others can be blessed. There is absolutely no earthly reason to want to be a leader in this Church -- church callings require work, time, and often tears, but members are willing to make these sacrifices because of the love and gratitude we feel for Jesus Christ, and ultimately, his love for us. Even those who serve as prophets and apostles have no "power" in earthly terms: they don't live sumptuously, and they literally wear out their lives in service to others. They -- and we all -- are trying to be a little more like Jesus, to whom earthly rewards were inconsequential. Show more Show less