As a founder and former Senior Vice President of the famed Franklin Institute (now Franklin Quest), one might expect Elder Lynn Grant Robbins of the First Quorum of the Seventy to be the penultimate business man, obsessive about squeezing the last ounce of productivity out of every time-managed second. Instead, one finds a man who enjoys time, who idyllizes about his childhood adventures on Hobble Creek near Springville, Utah and relishes vacations with his family.
Lynn G. Robbins was born October 27, 1952 in Payson, Utah to Joshua Grant Robbins and his wife, Evelyn Reed. He was raised in nearby Springville where he engaged in fishing, baseball, basketball, watersports, wintersports, and other pursuits common to young boys.
Elder Robbins was born in the Church and actively engaged in the Gospel from his early childhood. Indeed, both he and his wife are of pioneer stock, he being descended from Elder George Reynolds of the First Council of the Seventy back in the days of Brigham Young. In an interview with R. Scott Lloyd, a staff writer for the Church News, Elder Robbins, said, "I have pioneer Latter-day Saints on both sides of the family, and my parents were always active, raised me to be active."
Lynne first met Jan Neilsen, who would later become his wife, as a small child when her family moved into a house with adjoining backyards to that of his grandmother and aunt. But although they played as children, he was in his senior year of high school before he asked her for a date. The childhood friendship grew into a courtship, but there were more important matters at hand. Lynn had received the Aaronic Priesthood as a youth, but now he was ordained an Elder and given a call to serve as a full-time missionary in the Argentina North Mission. He served from 1971 to 1973. During that 104 week period, Jan sent him 104 letters. They were married June 27, 1974 in the Manti Temple and have since had seven children.
Inspired perhaps by his mission spent in Spanish speaking Argentina, Lynn Robbins attended Utah State University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Political Science. He was later awarded a Master's degree in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. For a time, the family considered settling in a Spanish-speaking country, before deciding to remain closer to their extended families.
He began his career as a sales representatve for a legal publishing company, and then became a financial consultant in Salt Lake City.
But it was in the field of time-management that Lynn G. Robbins would gain the greatest expertise and make his biggest mark. In 1983 he became a co-founder and Senior Vice President of the famed Franklin Institute (now Franklin Quest), purveyor of time-management tools and motivational seminars. However, Elder Robbins will willingly give away that for which millions have paid hundreds of dollars each to receive... the secret of prioritization and sucessful living. "I don't think I can improve on what the scriptures say: Put the Lord first and all other things will be added unto you. And where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." He added, "If putting Him first becomes your guiding star, then it has an impact on the decisions you make with your family, on career choice, vacations, leisure time and everything else."
With his background in the Church and a sucessful mission, Lynn Robbins received a sucession of calls in the Lord's Chuch of increasingly greater responsibilty. He has served as a Seminary Teacher, Scoutmaster, Teachers Quorum Advisor, Assistant Ward Clerk, Counselor in a Bishopric, Bishop, Assistant Stake Executive Secretary, and Stake High Councilor. Then in 1994, he was called again into full-time service to the Lord for a three-year term as President of the Uruguay Montevideo Mission.
Scarcely had he returned from his mission when in April 1997, he received another call for full-time service, this time a five-year call as a General Authority. He was ordained a Seventy and called into the Second Quorum of the Seventy. But still the Lord was not through with Elder Lynn Robbins. He had not even completed his five-year call when in April of 2000, he was extended an indefinite call to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy. He continues to serve at this wrriting.