Sitting in their comfortable home in Provo, Elder Paul K. Sybrowsky, sustained to the Second Quorum of the Seventy in April 2005 general conference, and his wife, Lynne, were asked if it would be hard to leave such comfort to serve in a new calling.
"It's just a home," Elder Sybrowsky said. His wife added, "Heavenly Father's home. He gave it to us."
At another point during the Church News interview, they said together, "All that we have is His."
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 said. “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.
Great success in business has brought the Sybrowskys prosperity, but they have lived by their testimony that the blessings come from the Lord. In 2001, they left their home to go to Canada where Elder Sybrowsky served as president of the Canada Toronto West Mission.
Less than a year after returning from that assignment, he received his new calling. They left their home again for Australia to serve in the area presidency.
The determination to put the Lord first was instilled in Elder Sybrowsky when he was a teenage member of the United States Army Reserves. A captain offered him the opportunity to become a commissioned officer. The young soldier was excited by the thought. Not only would life be better as an officer in the military, but he was aware that by age 37 he could retire with full military benefits.
But as he pondered being commissioned in the military, part of a scripture came to his mind that he said he had memorized and knew well: "Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ. . . ." (See Doctrine and Covenants 20:73.)
At that moment, he knew the Lord wanted him to go a different direction. A short time later he was on a mission in the Canadian Mission. He loved his service there. His wife said, "He has always been missionary minded."
He responded, “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. “My first mission was an anchor in my life. It was a foundation.”
While one of the dozen or so elders assigned to the Montreal Branch of the Church, the young missionary met the Prior family, including 17-year-old Lynne. The Priors had joined the Church in England, and immigrated to Canada a few years earlier. Though Lynne was only 7 years old when her family left England, she had already developed a pride in her heritage that continues to this day. Her father had served in the military during World War II and was one of the 350,000 soldiers saved from the beaches of Dunkirk, France, by heroic rescuers who ferried them by boat to England. Later, her father led the family of five in accepting the gospel.
Because Elder Sybrowsky met Lynne in that branch in Montreal during his mission, he said it was only natural that he look her up when they were students at BYU after his mission. One of their first dates was to a missionary reunion.
"It actually took a while to convince her to marry me," Elder Sybrowsky said. "It didn't take a long time for me to want to marry her."
They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in May 1968, shortly before he graduated. That forged a partnership that would result in business success, a missionary family of nine children and selfless service in the Church. He said it has been “marvelous” to see his children serve missions. He attributed a lot of their desire to serve to his wife’s commitment to having family prayer, scripture study, dinner, and family home evening together. The newlyweds began their life together back in Canada, where Elder Sybrowsky felt the impression that he had more work to do. He landed employment and became Canadian general manager for a large company.
He also became executive secretary to the mission president, a member of a bishopric and a stake high councilor.
Later, he was transferred by his company to be general manager over Europe. Immediately as the couple arrived at their new home in London, he was called as bishop of the Hyde Park Ward.
Their path finally led them back to Utah where Elder Sybrowsky moved into a new career opportunity. When that company presented ethical difficulties, he decided to move out on his own.
"We totally relied on the Lord," Elder Sybrowsky said. "It was a time of great faith on our part."
With a few fellow BYU graduates as partners, he started Dynix Inc. Its goal was to replace the bulky and awkward card catalogs in libraries with computer technology.
"I can remember saying to my partners that if we had maybe 20 clients, we could probably be successful," he said. "When we left 13 years later, we had over 5,000 clients in 37 nations."
The business was sold, but business success was part of the Sybrowskys' lives. That included a pair of fast-food franchises. The franchisor insisted that its franchises be open seven days a week, but the Sybrowskys persuaded them to allow these two locations to close on Sunday by offering to make up any deficit in earnings out of their own pocket.
"The business in six days did more than it had ever done in seven days under previous ownership," Elder Sybrowsky said. "We have a testimony of keeping the Sabbath Day holy. We can bear that testimony to the world."
Elder and Sister Sybrowsky were diligent in passing on to their children the correct principles they have learned. Their family motto, they said, is "If Christ had my opportunities, what would He do?" The most important thing they have given their children, they said, is the opportunity to work. The results have been positive, especially when it comes to missionary work — all seven of their children who have come of age have served a mission.
Elder Sybrowsky pointed out, "It is called 'missionary work.' And service is work. Service is meant to be work. . . Service is meant to take something from us and give to others. There is sacrifice, whether it be in time or resources or energy or whatever. We must serve. We must serve each other in our homes, within our families, in our communities and in our wards."
People found it easy to believe what the Sybrowskys said, because they lived by their words.
Sister Sybrowsky said, "We never talked about earning a certain amount of money or how to get ahead. That was never the goal. It was to be honest, to keep covenants, to raise our children properly. The Lord decided to bless us with these other things."
"To share," Elder Sybrowsky added.
So for them, it was not difficult to walk away from it all to serve the One they knew blessed them with it in the first place.
Elder Sybrowski 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.
Calls to the Second Quorum of the Seventy are typically for a term of five years.
Elder Sybrowsky served until October 2011, when he was granted an honorable release.