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Hi I'm Lyn

I'm a retired teacher and a widow with 5 adult children and 6 grandchildren. I don't plan to retire from life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When my husband died and I retired as a school teacher, I realized I needed to "reinvent" my life. I made the conscious decision that I wanted to use the precious time I have in this phase of my life to make a difference in the lives of those around me. And I realized that wouldn't happen if I let myself become quietly reclusive - which was a temptation. In the last months of his life, my husband lost feeling in his hands and feet. He wanted to remain as active as possible and so would ride his bicycle around the neighborhood. One day, because he couldn't feel how tightly he was clutching the handlebars nor how much contact his feet had with the pedals, he fell off the bike. When he found neither he nor the bike were much damaged, he walked the bike home. Then, he got a can of spray adhesive, sprayed it on the handlebars and pedals so that his hands and feet would stay in better contact with the bike, got back on the bike and continued his ride. Since then my mantra has been - when things are tough, spray on the adhesive, get back on the bike, and keep going. Being a widow isn't what I had planned for my life. I admit to loneliness more often than I let others know. But all in all, my life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

I have never known what it is like to not be a Mormon since I was raised as one. However, I have had to make the decision that I want to continue to live my life as a Mormon and to live a Mormon lifestyle of attending church meetings and following commandments as given by scripture as well as by modern prophets and apostles. I continue to live by that decision, made decades ago, for the simple fact that living the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in Mormon doctrine makes me so happy. Studying the scriptures and the doctrine is intellectually stimulating which is important to me. Having guidelines given that help me and my family avoid many of the pitfalls that result in so much distress in today's world is another source of that happiness. Having many opportunities to serve others through the organizations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also makes me happy. That doesn't mean that my life has been all carefree and easy. Just raising five children has had all the challenges that come from parenthood. Fifteen years ago I had an aggressive cancer. Through the blessings of prayers and medical treatment, I am still here today. But it wasn't the same outcome for my husband. In 2008 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Two of our sons were serving church missions, and we didn't want them to feel torn between serving as missionaries and coming home to be with their father. So my husband asked the doctors to keep him alive until his sons could return. He died twenty days after our second son came home from Argentina. I know, as certainly as I know anything, that our existence doesn't end with our mortal death. My sweetheart still lives and he watches over our family just as he did when we could see him. My testimony of God's plan for eternal families gives great purpose and comfort. This isn't just wishful thinking. His grave marker reads "We look to the time when we are together again." That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Some people do grand things. They make things happen and have the opportunity to impact many people. But I think most of us serve the Lord by serving our fellow men on a more local and personal basis. I serve by being friendly, kind, willing, and nonjudgmental. I try to follow Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." So, I volunteer as a tutor at a local elementary school, teach classes at our family history center, participate in a book club, serve in church callings, volunteer to help with the Nauvoo Pageant, enjoy my grandchildren, and eagerly offer to serve others through our women's organization the Relief Society. In a few months I will be serving as a full time missionary. I love my Heavenly Father and know that I, as His daughter, am known and loved by Him. I strive to live my life in a way that shows I have that knowledge and that invites others to desire that knowledge for themselves.