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Hi I'm Lane

I'm an Australian Mormon with 7 kids. And I'm a developmental pediatrician who does research on mothers' brains.

About Me

I'm a developmental pediatrician, originally from Australia. I am married with 7 children, ranging from 13-year-old twins to a 24-year-old daughter who is a brilliant photographer and trying to finish college. My son recently returned from a 2-year church mission in Singapore and Malaysia. My wife is an artist and the light of my life. At work, I mainly do research on mother-infant attachment and the importance for infant development. I also love searching out my family history, exploring my Scottish and British roots.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother and grandmother joined the church before I was even born, so I have always been a member of the church. However, I remember the first time I felt the influence of the Holy Ghost confirming the truth to me as a young child. I had just come home from church and was sitting in my room alone, looking over some picture cards I had received in Sunday School. It was a picture of the Savior in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he suffered for our sins. The verse underneath read "Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done". At that moment I felt a wonderful sensation come over me, and I started crying, knowing that Jesus was real and that He had done something very special for me. I will never forget that experience. I know that Heavenly Father is mindful of all of His children, including this little Aussie kid! He answers our prayers and loves us deeply. I have felt that love in countless ways throughout my life, during times of happiness and times of great sorrow. As I have studied and learned more I have also come to the realization that Heavenly Father has a plan for our happiness, and that He speaks today through living prophets, just as He did in ancient times. I know that He called Joseph Smith to be His prophet in these last days, and to restore His Gospel back to the earth once more. This knowledge was strengthened when I interrupted my medical studies to serve a full-time mission for the Church in New Zealand. I consider that all of the blessings I now enjoy -- my beautiful wife and incredible kids, and work opportunities -- came as a direct result of my missionary service.

How I live my faith

When I was a teenager, my mother was asked to teach an early morning scripture class for teenagers, that I became a part of. I vividly remember the hours of preparation she put into each class, and the love that she had for each one of those youth. I also remember the tears that she shed, feeling that she sometimes wasn't "getting through", and the exhaustion she felt preparing her lessons each day. Well, years later it was my turn! I was asked to teach an early morning class for the youth in our congregation, including my own 2 teenagers. It was a great challenge, but also a rare privilege to get to know these youth inside out. And I've learned that I'd better practice what I preach! Raising a large family has been a humbling experience, especially when they were young. We've often felt overwhelmed and driven to our knees to plead for Heavenly Father's help. And yet, my family has been the source of the most spiritual and loving moments of my life, and seeing them grow to become independent and wonderful adults has brought more joy and satisfaction than anything else in my life. I can't imagine where we would be without the teachings of Jesus Christ and His church.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

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I am a scientist, and the more I learn the more I realize that everything is part of a grand order. Everything is related in some way, from the molecules and atoms, to the genetic machinery that programs how our cells function, to the order of nature and the planets in the universe. All these things bear witness that there is a divine creator. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Our son and daughter have served church missions, one in Canada and the other in Singapore/Malaysia. Both have worked hard over summer months to save money to support themselves. In addition, loving members of our local congregation offered them opportunities to earn money, and wanted to help our family in their support. Just before our second child left on his mission, I learned that I had received a salary raise in my job -- enough to cover the financial needs of my son. I know that this has come as a blessing from heaven. My wife and I have seen such great blessings in our family, as a result of our children's service. The financial sacrifice is miniscule in comparison. At the end of this year, our third daughter also plans to interrupt college for 18 months to serve a mission. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement is the means by which Jesus Christ made it possible for us to overcome the great obstacles of this life - to be forgiven and freed from our sins and the consequences of our mistakes, and to be able to live again after death and be reunited with our family eternally. Christ's Atonement has touched me in very personal ways -- as I have struggled and overcome weaknesses that I just could not manage on my own; and as I've dealt with the death of my grandmother and father, and felt the peace and comfort that stems from my testimony of eternal families. I know that Christ is real and that he did all of these things for us. Show more Show less

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

Yes! But eternity is a long time if you haven't worked out your problems here! We believe that marriage is the best opportunity to become more like our Heavenly Father, to learn what love truly means, and how loving and sacrificing for another person brings the greatest eternal joy. We have learnt a lot along the way, but I can truly say that our love has grown even stronger over the years, as we have struggled with our challenges and learnt to rely upon each other and the Lord. Here is a blog post that our friend posted, interviewing my wife and I about our marriage: http://www.athingcalledloveblog.com/blog/secrets-happy-marriage-sonja-lane-strathearn/. Show more Show less