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Hi I'm Lyman

I'm a family man. I love to work. I love life. I believe in God. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father and husband working as a professional in public relations. Life is busy, but fulfilling and happy. I love sports, particularly football, the outdoors, reading and spending time with family.

Why I am a Mormon

While I believe there is truth and goodness in nearly all religions, I believe the plan God has for us is taught in its fulness in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While life will always have its challenges, I live with perfect peace in my heart knowing that Jesus Christ lives and that through his sacrifice, we can have eternal life, and I'm on that path. This Church brings great strength to my life and to my family. While there are many reasons why I am a Mormon, one of them is because of the impact I see this faith having on others. I've seen many peoples' lives change for the better as they strive to follow Jesus Christ and understand that God has a plan for them. My faith is greatly strengthen by observing older people who have lived this religion for much of their lives and to see how happy and at peace they are in their old age, due to the life they have lived.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ is at the center of my life. As a family, we talk about God on a daily basis and pray to Him often. Over fifteen years ago someone challenged me to read the scriptures, and particularly the Book of Mormon, every day of my life. The results of doing that are remarkable. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there is no paid ministry so nearly every member has a "calling" or a responsibility to serve. I love those opportunities. Currently I'm serving as a bishop who oversees a congregation of about 300 people. While balancing time between work, family, and heavy Church responsibilities is a challenge, serving brings great joy. My wife and I enjoy visiting members of our congregation, particularly those who are elderly. My faith also took me to England for two years as a full-time missionary for the Church. It was one of the most profound experiences of my life to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ on a daily basis to all who were willing to listen. The wonderful thing about my faith is that there are so many opportunities in the Church to serve. Service brings happiness, joy and fulfillment to life and helps us to forget ourselves. As Jesus Christ said, "whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall save it."

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes. We believe we will be together forever as families. That knowledge brings great hope and strength to a family and helps us work through problems and put them in their proper perspective. My wife is the love of my life and my best friend. I can't imagine being in heaven without her and our children. Knowing that our family will be together eternally changes the perspective of how we view our time together here. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

For me, the earth, and the entire universe is the greatest witness that there is a creator. Also, the peace and goodness that can come into individuals' lives when they believe in, pray to and seek to follow God, is another witness that He is there. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

I think the Church has and is growing because it requires much of its members. God wants us to be the best we can be. He is loving and forgiving of our weaknesses, but He also requires our best effort so we can reach our full potential. One of the wonderful things about this Church is that it is not a passive church. Every member is given responsibilities to serve. Those responsibilities give us purpose and a feeling of accomplishment and a feeling that we are part of a greater good. People are attracted to that. I also believe the Church is growing because it does not waver on moral absolutes. God's commandments are applicable regardless of whether or not popular culture views them as outdated. Living those commandments brings strength and those looking for the peace and strength that comes from living truth are attracted to this Church. People recognize the spirit of peace that accompanies the members of this Church. Show more Show less