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Hi I'm Lyman

I grew up in Colorado Springs. I'm a musician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 22 year old college student. My life is pretty much consumed by music. I play trombone for about 6 to 8 hours a day, and I love every minute of it! At 17 I traveled abroad with the Sound of America as a soloist and from then on I was hooked! Between classes, homework, and practicing I don't get much time to myself, but I love what I do and I love the people I'm around while doing it. Having grown up in Colorado, it goes without saying that I love to ski. There's nothing like getting to the mountain right when the lifts open for a full day of skiing. But I'm not just a winter skier, that's right, on weekends in the summer my family and I often head down to the lake to get in some water skiing. In addition to skiing, martial arts have always been a part of my life, since I was 4. It is one of my favorite things, getting together with people and talking through self defense techniques, practicing with each other, and getting a great work out at the same time!

Why I am a Mormon

I've always been a member of the Mormon faith. My parents raised me in it! The truth is, however, it's impossible to continue as a member of the church without seeking a knowledge for yourself as to whether it is true. At some point in time, as I was going through my teenage years, I realized that I can't just sit in church every Sunday, listen to people tell me that they know the church is true, and just believe it without knowing for myself. This actually began to upset me. I realized I didn't know whether I wanted to continue going to church, and suddenly my future became a giant intersection with many different ways to go. Luckily I did want to find out for myself whether the church was true and whether I should continue on in the way my parents had raised me. My testimony did not come in a single night, nor did it come by a single "wow" experience. It came as I searched, and asked. I looked in the scriptures, tested out the commandments, and asked the Lord whether this church was true or not. As I did that, I began to see what I call, "mini miracles," or events where I could clearly see the hand of the Lord in my life. Along with these "mini miracles," I had intense feelings and thoughts that the church is true, and it is correct for me to be a member. I continue to this day to see miracles, and each day my testimony and assurance of the truth grows more and more.

How I live my faith

I've always been an active part of the church, and at age 19, I served a mission for the Mormon church in Rome Italy. I spent two years serving the Italian people and learning Italian in the process! Aside from the culturally enriching side of those two years, I learned to really trust in God and seek Him daily. I learned how important it is to read the scriptures and pray every day, and how to truly seek Him in prayer, speaking with God, not just to Him. To this day I continue reading the scriptures, praying, and serving in the church. Now I organize activities for members to get together and build relationships. Often, we will get together and go sing for people at nursing homes, or help in activities for those with down syndrome. I find that by serving I am closer to the Lord, and happier in my daily life.