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Hi I'm Lynn

I am an attorney and elected official. I'm a Mormon because I have learned that following Jesus Christ brings great joy.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho, Florida and California and spent two years in southern Germany on a church mission. My wife and I met in college and we have 8 children and 17 grandchildren. I love backpacking in the mountains, playing the harmonica around the campfire, and catching fish in high mountain lakes. I also enjoy bicycling (just for fun), growing a garden, and playing board games with our family. Studying family history is a favorite hobby. One grandfather was born in Russia in the German colonies near the Volga River. A grandmother joined the Mormon church as a teenager in Germany and was baptized in the Main River on a cold February night. A 2nd great grandfather fought in the civil war. My father served in Korea in an engineering battalion and as a ball-turret gunner on a B-24 during WWII. Studying the lives of my ancestors gives me strength and an appreciation for the freedoms and blessings of life that I and my family enjoy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and I believe that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God. I have studied the Bible and the Book of Mormon. They both confirm and strengthen my faith that Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, and that there is an eternal plan for us. I have learned that we are not born on the earth to walk in darkness without instruction. As parents teach their children, so too our eternal Father gives instruction to his sons and daughters. We are all sons and daughters of God and because he loves us he wants us to understand our journey here. We are free to accept or reject his instruction, just as we can use or ignore a map on a journey. I have found joy and confidence in life because I have learned that God continues to give us instruction today. The Book of Mormon is a witness that God did not limit his instruction to just the Bible. How do I know this? I have studied the Bible and the Book of Mormon and the words of living prophets. I have prayed to our Father for a knowledge of the truth. He has given me that knowledge in my mind and in my heart. All are entitled to the same witness. "If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God who giveth to all liberally . . .but let him ask in faith." James 1:5. As a follower of Christ I am committed to being open to his word and learning as much as possible about him. I have found that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints enables me to do that.

How I live my faith

My faith is founded upon following Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God. Consequently, I spend time every day, sometimes a few minutes and other days more, reading the scriptures to study his life and teachings. He lived a life of service and sacrifice for others. I cannot follow him if I do not study his life and doctrine and seek to know more about him. I am far from perfect, but as I go about my work and other activities I try to approach others with a cheery attitude and try to look at situations from others' point of view. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there is no paid ministry. The members do it all, and have opportunity from time to time to change assignments and learn new things. Service assignments are referred to as "callings" in the Church. Some of my callings have involved teaching both youth and adults, being a boy scout leader, helping people with family history, serving as a missionary and supervising other church service. I have helped can food, sort and clean clothing and goods for those in need both within and outside of our church. I regularly visit homes of church members to encourage and help them. These activities of service are woven into my regular life which include my occupation, and spending time with my family and engaging in wholesome recreation. If it sounds busy, it is, but it helps me prioritize my time and use it effectively. Time is a great gift from God and using it well brings joy, and purpose to life.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Just as the Bible was written by prophets who received teachings from God and wrote it down, so was the Book of Mormon. Prophets do not choose themselves, but God choses them. As Jesus said "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you." John 15:16. The Bible contains the words of prophets in the "old world" in and around Israel. The Book of Mormon contains the words of prophets who lived anciently in the Americas. Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon testify of Christ and contain his teachings. Read together they harmonize and increase our knowledge about Jesus Christ's divinity, sacrifice and plan for us. Show more Show less