“Elder Lynn G. Robbins Of the Seventy,” Ensign, May 1997, 106
Missionary work is important to Elder Lynn G. Robbins. He served in Argentina as a young man, and he was serving as president of the Uruguay Montevideo Mission at the time of his call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. “When you go on a mission and begin teaching others and bearing testimony, the gospel is branded on your heart,” he says. “My mission had a pivotal impact on me, and I can’t think of anything else I’d rather have my sons do.”
Lynn G. Robbins was born on 27 October 1952 in Payson, Utah, and grew up in nearby Springville. He attended Brigham Young University before and after his mission. He married Jan Nielson on 27 June 1974 in the Manti Temple, and the couple moved to Logan, Utah, where he studied food science and business administration at Utah State University. After learning his wife was expecting, he gave up his restaurant career goals so that his evening and weekend hours would be more compatible with Church and family life.
In 1976, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and the following year he received a master’s degree at the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. He and his wife considered living overseas, but they decided to remain close to their extended families for the benefit of their seven children. He worked as a sales representative for a legal publisher in northern Utah and then as a financial consultant in Salt Lake City. In 1983, he became a senior vice president at Franklin Quest Company, from which he retired in 1993.
Elder Robbins has enjoyed painting, fishing in Alaska, and playing Church sports. “Church sports have been a good way to get to know the brethren each time we’ve moved into a different ward,” he says. In addition to serving as mission president, he has been a stake executive secretary, high councilor, and bishop. He and his wife are members of the Centerville 21st Ward, Centerville Utah North Stake.
“I have a strong testimony of the gospel,” Elder Robbins says. “I know the Savior lives. I love him, and I love the gospel. Every commandment, every principle, every teaching is for our happiness here on the earth and for our eternal happiness in the life to come.”