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Hi I'm Lynn

I grew up in Idaho & Oregon, I'm happily married, Father of 4, Grandfather of 14 and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am the son of two wonderful parents. I am the brother of 4 siblings who still bless my life a great deal. I am the husband of my very best friend ever. We are the parents of 3 sons and 1 daughter who we love very much. We are the grandparents of 6 granddaughters and 8 grandsons with a new granddaughter on the way. I received my BS degree from Brigham Young University. I received my MSW (Master of Social Work) degree from The University of Hawaii. I received my DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree from Washington State University. I retired from The United States Army Veterinary Corps as a Colonel. My wife and I have served as missionaries for the LDS church for 16 years. We have served in many different capacities in our church for our entire lives. We Love Our Lives as Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I cannot imagine my life without being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I was raised by Godly Parents, it was a natural choice during my early years. However, as with all of us, there comes a time when we need to know for ourselves. It came as a natural process for me as the time came for me to serve a full time mission for the church. I was in my first year of college and I determined that I needed to find out for myself if The Book of Mormon was indeed "Another Testament for Jesus Christ" as I had been taught for the previous 18 years of my life. I remember vividly one night in my college dorm room becoming engrossed in reading the Book of Mormon. I had prayed for my own testimony of its truthfulness before I had begun. I had been reading it for probably 3 hours when I had a truly remarkable spiritual experience. I was gradually filled with an almost indescribable fullness of joy radiating from my heart. It grew to the point that tears of joy were freely flowing from my eyes as I wept for joy at the blessing I was receiving. I knew that my prayer was being answered and that I would know forever the feeling that The Holy Ghost was blessing me with was the knowledge for which I had been seeking. The Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true and living church restored again to the earth in these, the latter days. I thank God for that special witness given to me in that dorm room so many years ago. To this day, I remember the experience as a joyous one and the details are vivid an fresh and dwell in my heart now and will continue to do so forever. I bear you that testimony in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I have gained a very strong faith in God, the Eternal Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost! I had a strong testimony of the Godhead mentioned since I was a child but it has grown on an almost daily basis for as long as I can remember. I have had many experiences that involved this testimony not the least of which is the daily and constant communication (prayer) that I had with my Father in Heaven, in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with answers through the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, I have had three separate occasions where without the Lord’s intercession I would not have lived. First, I fell off of a truck onto an asphalt highway striking my head resulting in a fractured skull and a severe concussion. I was not expected to live but through priesthood blessings I lived. Next, I was swimming with friends in a lake in the late fall when it was very cold. A friend and I both got into serious trouble with cramps and we were far from shore and other help. Somehow, through our desperate prayers, just as we had given up any chance of surviving, our feet touched the bottom of the lake and we able to struggle to shore. Finally, a few years ago I had a severe pain in my chest but made the foolish choice not to get to the hospital or to call 911. Later, at the hospital, it was confirmed that I had had a bad heart attack resulting in some significant damage to my heart. Again, through prayers and blessings during and after the attack, when I went in to have shunts placed, the surgeons and nursing staff were all amazed that the damage that had be clearly visible was totally gone. Another miracle leaving me here on earth with the opportunity to serve a little longer. I cannot doubt the role God has played in my life, even without the miracles that have occurred!