“Elder Paul K. Sybrowsky Of the Seventy,” Liahona, May 2005, 127
Missionary work has always been a big part of the life of Elder Paul Kay Sybrowsky of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. As a young man, Elder Sybrowsky served as a missionary in the Great Canadian Mission from 1964 to 1966. Last year he was released as mission president of the Canada Toronto West Mission. Even now, Elder Sybrowsky’s love for missionary work is evident in the lives of his children.
Elder Sybrowsky and his wife, Lynne Prior Sybrowsky, are the parents of nine children. While two are still at home, seven have served or are currently serving a mission.
“I think if young men and women knew the value of missionary service, they would know that it is one of the most valuable things a person can ever do,” Elder Sybrowsky says. “My first mission was an anchor in my life. It was a foundation.”
He says it has been “marvelous” to see his children serve missions. He attributes a lot of their desire to serve to his wife’s commitment to having family prayer, scripture study, dinner, and family home evening together.
Although Elder Sybrowsky was raised in a less-active family, his testimony of the restored gospel has never wavered. “I have always known that Christ lives. That gift of a testimony was given to me at a very young age,” he says. “That testimony has been strengthened through many miracles and faith-promoting experiences.”
Elder Sybrowsky was born in Salt Lake City on August 22, 1944, to Paul H. Sybrowsky and Betty Ann Sybrowsky. He and his wife were married in the Salt Lake Temple on May 15, 1968.
He studied at Brigham Young University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social science. He has worked as an executive for several multinational information services and software development companies and is currently self-employed. Elder Sybrowsky has served the Church as a stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, stake high councilor, and bishop.