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Hi I'm Lindsay

I play the harp and like to make people smile. I love to travel with my big family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom of six children. That's a lot! :) We love to travel internationally and see new sights and experience new cultures. We also love music and love to spread cheer by visiting nursing homes and playing for others to brighten their days. As a Ph.D student, I studied music and aging, specifically the effects of music on the physical, mental, and emotional well being of older hospice patients. I actually didn't even know if I wanted to have any children, and yet here I am with 4 boys and 2 girls! As a child I dreamed of being a ...dolphin trainer! Life led me to college, grad school, traveling abroad to Southeast Asia, a Ph.D program, and finally to my husband. And though I am no dolphin trainer, I did live in Florida and my husband did give me the gift of being a "dolphin trainer for a day" for an anniversary present! :) Life seldom turns out how we dream it will. I have definitely been thrown some curve balls! I never dreamed my parents would get divorced and my father would become an alcoholic, or that I'd marry a divorced dad with kids, or feel right about leaving my degree and career to stay at home with the children, or that I'd have a daughter with a rare skin disease called Lamellar Ichthyosis. But I am confident life turns out much better than we can even imagine...IF we trust our Heavenly Father and place our dreams, goals, even our very wills, in His hands.

Why I am a Mormon

When our family spent a summer in Hong Kong and Taiwan, I realized how similar all of God's children are and how we are all looking for the same thing: TRUTH. I think people innately want to embrace truth. There are so many competing influences out there. It can be dizzying trying to navigate through the massive amounts of information, fads, and theories. During my time as a Ph.D. student, I learned that so much of what we think to be fact, often changes as we discover new things. So how do we know if something is true? One of the reasons I am Mormon is because of the doctrine of the Godhood. I love knowing our Heavenly Father is truly a father to His Only Begotten, Jesus Christ - that they are separate beings, and that the third member of the Godhood, the Holy Ghost, has the sole role of testifying of TRUTH. God knew there would be so much confusion in our world, He has given us the blessing of the Holy Ghost to guide us on our journey and witness to our hearts and our minds eternal truths. Eternal truths are given from God and are unchanging despite scientific claims, popular opinion, history, or culture. I love this! We don't have to be confused on this earth. We can know the truth for ourselves! I know I am a daughter of God and He loves me. I am one of His noble creations. I have learned for myself that the Book of Mormon is true. It's pages are full of truths that bring me peace, love, harmony, and happiness to my life. Though I am a step-mom, and a daughter of divorced parents: an alcoholic and hoarder, I believe in the sanctity and power of marriage and I know that families can be together not just in this life, but in the next life as well, if they are sealed together in God's temple and live His commandments. I know that our bodies are a gift and what we put in them, put on them, and do with them directly affect our ability to feel the Holy Ghost in our lives. I know these truths because I have had a confirmation of them through my mind and my heart!

How I live my faith

The way I life my faith now is a lot different than just 10 years ago. As a single adult I was very devoted and spent a lot of time doing church things all week long, such as being president of our woman's and young woman's groups, leading meetings, planning activities, mid-week scripture classes, and weekly temple visits. Now, being a busy mom of so many young kids wiggling in my lap, I am lucky to even hear the lessons at church! I have learned that though this season of life is different, and I don't feel like I'm accomplishing very much compared to what I used to do, it is still important to my Heavenly Father. Now, I live my faith by strengthening my personal relationship with my Heavenly Father through my individual scripture study and prayer and then teaching what I learn to my children. I try to serve and love my family, be patient, and answer with a kind word. I try to do the little things each day that matter eternally and put "first things first". I also currently have the opportunity to share my love of music with the children of my church by teaching them new songs each Sunday and preparing them to sing for Christmas and other holidays. I love what I do!